Meet the Colonoscopies
And on another musical note, from the sublime to the … well, less sublime, we have the Colonoscopies.
Half a dozen SSM Health Care executives and administrators banded together as the Colonoscopies late last year to perform an altered rendition of the Steppenwolf classic “Born to be Wild” at the system’s Showcase for Sharing event. The group, which includes three presidents of SSM, took to the stage wearing standard-issue counterculture regalia, including rainbow-hued T-shirts, sunglasses, and several wigs that dramatically contrasted with the members’ eyebrow colors.
A Web video of the performance shows the band getting off to a rather, um, uneven start before launching into the trademark guitar riff from “Born to be Wild” that gets the crowd clapping. And then the lyrics to “Born Percentiled” start, sung simultaneously by three band members: “Get your motor runnin’/On Press Ganey’s highway/Lookin’ for percentiles/And a 99 our way!” While Outliers is not a rock critic, let’s just say their performance makes up for its lack of musical precision with a passion for percentiles.
The performance might have been destined to live on only in the memories of the 350 or so SSM employees in the audience, and anyone who stumbled across a video on SSM’s corporate Web site. (To watch, go to bit.ly/5OrYvK).
However, SSM designers couldn’t resist the tie-dyed colors and put a picture of Colonoscopies guitarist and SSM St. Mary’s Health Center President Bill Jennings on the cover of their quarterly employee newsletter. Something about Jennings’ neatly coiffed hair and the precision timepiece conspicuously peeking out from the bottom of his tie-dyed sleeve seem to argue against his going on tour anytime soon, however.
Jennings adopted the garb, if not the wig, fitting the occasion.