Staying Alive

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Disco and Pulitizer Prize winning authors? Do they have something in common?

OK, the chart-topping disco band the BeeGees and Edith Wharton have one thing in common–they seem to know what we need to stay alive.

In the case of the BeeGees, they reinvented themselves in 1977 with the catchy tune Stayin’ Alive. With the newly developed disco formula featuring Barry Gibbs recently discovered falsetto singing voice, the song became a huge hit and the style of Stayin’ Alive paved the way for the BeeGees incredible success. And, a 2008 study found that singing or listening to the particular BeeGees’ song while performing CPR can even help people literally stay alive! The American Heart Association recommends 100 chest compressions per minute.  At 103 beats per minute, the BeeGees’ hit song can help people keep a proper rhythm.

So, that’s good to know. However, I’d like a systemic way to live–to help me stay alive longer without the CPR needed in the first place. That’s where Edith Wharton comes to mind. She said: “One can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”


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