Healing Songs and Peppermints

        I’ve been a little slow to get as much posted, because I’ve been sick a little while.  Don’t worry; I’m on the mend.  Once a year, I’ll get a bad case of laryngitis.  When it happens I get behind on my work, especially my dictation.  But I always take it as a reminder of how lucky I’ve been.  Most of my patients are far worse off.

        Whenever I get sick, I always look for the same things.  My wife is good with crafts and such, and she has an afghan of hers on the couch I’ll curl up with.  She makes some kinda concoction called a ‘comfort egg.’  Maybe I’m just prejudiced, but I think her chicken soup is the best in the world.  My mama used to give me peppermint candy and a Coca-Cola whenever I got any kind of virus.  My kids knew this and would always bring me both what few times I got sick along the way.  Sometimes when I’m ill and it snows I can recall those old days as a kid at home so vividly that I am compelled to go out in the truck to find some Co-Cola and peppermint candy.  It might sound irrational to you, but it works.  Besides, I’m a man of science, so it must be true. 

        Of course I always look for some healing songs, too.  My Song of the Day on FaceBook was ‘He Ain’t Never.’ The version that came to mind was Darin and Brooke Aldridge’s.  You can’t help but be energized when you hear Brooke sing that one.  If instead I want a big laugh, I’ll pull out a tape of one of the gigs from my old doctor band. I played the banjo back then and they introduced me as ‘The Harvey County Flash.’  Believe me, there has never been much flashy about old doc, and today I am extra sluggish. 

        But I take comfort.  Like old Dad always says, tomorrow will be a better day.  I have my family, my friends, and my music and the Good Lord always sees to it to heal me up by Monday to doctor another day.  For breakfast, Ill have a comfort egg, some hot tea, and a Co-Cola.  I’ll be okay.

        Most  bluegrassers know healing has very little to do with pills, and everything to do with people. What are the healing songs for you guys?  I’d like to know, ’cause next time I’m sick they might be the very tunes that bring me comfort.  Then y’all can say you healed the doc.  

        I’m gonna go have a peppermint and put on some music.

Dr. B

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12 Comments on “Healing Songs and Peppermints”

  1. Hi Dr B. Sorry to hear you’re under the weather and hope you mend soon. I had a feeling your quietness lately was due to illness.
    I can’t go past the healing properties of Irish music – I guess it’s in the blood. Clannad is always good, The Furey’s and The Dubliners. Music is a great antidepressant as well as an analgesic.

    • drtombibey Says:


      Between opening a new office, the open house, and then getting sick it has been a long couple weeks. I am on the mend though and ready to go full speed again.

      I like the Irish music too. One of the public radio stations around here plays it a lot. Between music and chicken soup I’m gonna be okay.

      Dr. B

  2. newt221 Says:

    Dr B,
    Hope you are up and about soon. Nothing wrong with some peppermint and cocola….Nothing wrong with chicken noodle soup either. Good old comfort food to warm you from the inside out. I always like my grandma’s potato soup and mac and cheese.

    Let me know if you need anything. However, you sound like you have it…a blanket, some good music, and people you love.

    • drtombibey Says:


      I am lucky in that I do have all those things.

      For a writer your readers are important too, so I appreciate folks checking in.

      I feel like I’m making small bits of progress on my book. I have no give up in me and several publishers have shown interest, so we’ll see where it goes.

      Dr. B

  3. junebugger Says:

    aww I hope you get better!

    The fall season is always the time when everyone seems to be catching colds…

  4. Thanks for checking out our blog on music therapy. Sounds like you have some great healing modalities of your own, but in case someone wants a formal dose of music therapy, send them to http://thelessonstudioblog.wordpress.com/. Thanks!

  5. drtombibey Says:


    Thanks for dropping by. I came up in the world of medicine, and have played music for fun all my life. I have a strong belief in the healing power of music. One of my little country music friends, Megan Peeler, has her degree in music therapy, and her singing will make a believer of folks too.

    Dr. B

  6. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Here’s a couple of healing songs for you:


    • drtombibey Says:


      Thank you so much. This blog world is such a great thing. It has allowed me to archive important thoughts from folks all around the world.

      I appreciate your input, will listen, and hope you drop by again.

      Dr. B

      P.S. just took a listen- very nice!
      -Dr. B

  7. distantshaw Says:

    Hi there. I came by as you suggested. Your thoughts and your positivity have given me a lift today. Thanks.


    • drtombibey Says:


      I appreciate your visit. I am having a lot of fun with my blog. Old Doc is a kid in a candy store with this technology. I’ve found new friends all over the world. Hope you’ll come back and also look for my book ‘The Mandolin Case’ in 2010.

      After it comes out my wife and I plan to do a few book store tours. We want to see the country once before we get too old to go.

      Dr. B

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