In 1977, I was a high school freshman. The movie, Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, was a huge hit. Some of the kids in my class had parents who let them watch it; I was not one of them.
It didn’t really bother me.
I had the beat of the music dancing around in my head. You could hear the movie soundtrack everywhere–on the radio, in stores, on tv, in ice skating and roller skating rinks, and more. The Bee Gees wrote the songs for the movie. Their songs breathed life into disco (though I can’t help but think John Travolta had quite a bit to do with it, too…), and the disco era was bigger than ever.
But, like all good things, it soon faded away.
One of the Bee Gees songs, Stayin’ Alive, is back here to stay. In a University of Illinois medical study, doctors have found the disco beat of Stayin’ Alive near perfect for administering CPR. The American Heart Association recommends 100 chest compressions per minute; Stayin’ Alive has 103 beats per minute.
Here is a demonstration on the proper way to do CPR with the music of Stayin’ Alive in the background.
If you’d like to go down memory lane and listen to Stayin’ Alive, while keeping the beat with John Travolta’s walk in the beginning of the movie of Saturday Night Live, then take a look at this YouTube video.
Keep this song in the inner lining of your brain. You never know when you’re going to need to remember it…