Frontline Songs heeds the call to help our healthcare workers and first responders heal together and on their own personal journeys.
A Frontline Songs session begins with the FLS songwriter asking a series of question to the group, collecting their stories and experiences, looking for key words and phrases to build the song.
Though Frontline Songs is based on a methodology, we realize that each participant and group is unique. Because of this, no two sessions will progress along the exact same path. The stories and emotion of the participants, combined with the experience and insights of the writer, will guide the conversation. As the stories are told, the writer will begin to build the song around a common theme. Once the chorus is completed, the stories and themes will be further developed in the verses.
In a true spirit of collaboration, the FLS writer builds the song based on the participants’ words and experiences, capturing the highs and lows of their stories to craft a song that is not only honest and true to the individuals, but based on the shared, universal experience of the group.
“The songwriting experience helped me realize I was not alone in my struggle with the aftermath of COVID nursing, and it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. All four of us wished more people could experience this. It was amazing!”
—Elizabeth Bedenbaugh, RN
Tears Are Coming Now
Written by Elizabeth Bedenbaugh, Vanessa Zottola, Sophia McCarthy and Julia Montalto with Darden Smith
There were nights that I never slept
Days just running through my mind
Burned out, scared and I couldn’t slow down
On call on guard all the time
I made a box to hold my fear
I stood on top that’s why I’m here
And the tears are coming now
In every tear that falls down
I’m looking for that sliver of light
In all this wrong something so right
I have to hold on be strong somehow
Cause the tears are coming now
Walking that floor in the ICU
I get up early and I stay up late
I do it for me, I do it for you
In the time of COVID I carry your weight
And the box in my heart
Got so full that it came apart
If I could ring a bell for every life we save
If I could sing a song for all that slipped away
It would be the hope to hold onto
The strength we need to make it through
© 2020 Darden Smith Music (ASCAP) / Frontline Songs (BMI)