The Collective

Col•lec•tive (n) \kə-ˈlék-tiv (n.): “Parts assembled into or viewed as a whole”

Song Listings

The BBSC members vary from show to show.  The genre and mood at each performance reflects the Collective’s personnel, and includes selections of jazz, funk, rock, pop, musical theater and singer/songwriter selections.
Original Compositions (through 2014)
·      A World of Complex Pain – Karl/Wernovsky
·      Am I Able to LoveKarl
·      Burning the RulesKarl
·      Could This Be Love? - Karl
·      Dance With Me (In The Rain)Wernovsky
·      Donner Pass AscentKarl/Wernovsky
·      Hajime’s FunkKarl/Wernovsky
·      I’ll Be Coming HomeWernovsky
·      Is This What I Get (For Wanting You)? - Karl
·      It Must Be LoveWernovsky/Kleiner
·      It Wouldn’t Mean a Thing To YouKarl
·      Jagged Edge of Goodbye - Karl
·      Just Another African Sunrise - Karl
·      Let’s Not Talk About It - Karl
·      LullabyWernovsky
·      My Heart In Your Hand - Karl
·      One More Shot - Karl
·      Out of ControlKarl/Kahn
· - Karl
·      Point of SuspensionKarl/Wernovsky
·      Scars – Wernovsky
·      Straight to the PointKarl/Wernovsky
·      Song For Spencer – Wernovsky/Kleiner
·      The EssenceKarl
·      The Fire in Your EyesKarl
·      The Road To NedileWernovsky/Karl/Kleiner
·      The TigerKarl
·      Variations on a Theme by Kreisler (In the style of Pugnani)Wernovsky/Kahn
·      WF Wildlife - Karl
      ·      You Again - Wernovsky

Some Songs We’ve Covered:
·         25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago)
·         A Child is Born (Thad Jones)
·         Ain't Gonna Let You Break My Heart (Bonnie Raitt)
·         Between the Lines (Sara Bareilles)
·         Blessing (Scott Alan)
·         Broken Things (Julie Miller)
·         Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
·         Cannonball (Damien Rice)
·         Cinema Paradiso (Enrico Morricone)
·         Closer and Closer Apart (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
·         Corcovado (Jobim)
·         Cry Sometimes (Kate Earl)
·         Dead Flowers (Stones)
·         Deconstruction (Indigo Girls)
·         Deny (Jonatha Brooke)
·         Duffin' Around (Greyboy Allstars)
·         Elaborate Lives (Elton John)
·         Every Breath You Take (Sting)
·         Every Day (Hilary McRae)
·         Fallen Awake (Kari Kimmel)
·         Feels Like Home (Randy Newman)
·         Fever (Davenport & Cooley)
·         Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
·         Girlfriend (Julie Moffitt)
·         Glow (Tina Dico)
·         Good People (Jack Johnson)
·         Goodnight (Scott Alan)
·         Gravity (Sara Bareilles)
·         Gravity (Vienna Teng)
·         Homecoming (Vienna Teng)
·         I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt)
·         I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know (Al Kooper)
·         I Will Follow You Into the Dark (Gibbard, Death Cab For Cuite)
·         I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
·         If I Ain’t Got You (Alicia Keys)
·         I've Got To See You Again (Norah Jones)
·         Lay Me Down (The Wreckers)
·         Living in the Past (Jethro Tull)
·         Love's Recovery (Indigo Girls)
·         Magic (Colbie Calliat)
·         Many the Miles (Sara Bareilles)
·         Miniature Disasters (KT Tunstall)
·         New York State of Mind (Billy Joel)
·         Nothing To Prove (Rachel McGoye)
·         Nothing Without You (Vienna Teng)
·         Shelter (Ray Lamontagne)
·         Slow (Julie Moffitt)
·         Solitude (Duke Ellington)
·         Someone Like You (Adele)
·         Someone to Fall Back On (Jason Robert Brown)
·         Stolen (Julie Moffitt)
·         Stormy Monday (T. Bone Walker)
·         Summertime (George Gershwin)
·         Take Me The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)
·         Teach Me Tonight (Sammy Cahn)
·         The Atheist Christman Carol (Vienna Teng)
·         The Nearness of You (Norah Jones)
·         The Next 10 Minutes (Jason Robert Brown)
·         There's A Fine, Fine Line (Avenue Q)
·         Time (Chantel Kreviazuk))
·         Waiting for the World To Change (John Mayer)
·         What Do I Know (Sara Groves)
·         Wild Night (Van Morrison)
·         You Don't Know What Love Is (Sonny Rollins)

Who We Are

The Baby Blue Sound Collective is an ensemble featuring pediatric cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, therapists and other medical professionals from Children's Hospitals around the world. In their day jobs, most of the group takes care of children with heart disease; but most are also researchers, educators and lecturers. Past and present members hail from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Japan, South Africa, France and Norway, as well as over 15 different cardiovascular programs in the USA. The members of BBSC have found each other through a mutual interest in providing medical and nursing care for children and their families, as well as a love of music and the performing arts.

The BBSC has performed at many of the pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery medical conferences throughout the USA and Europe. The personnel are different for each and every performance, depending upon the location of the particular meeting and the performers who are on the course faculty or attending the meeting (see history). Performances have contained as few as three and as many as 30 members. The set lists and genres are then chosen based upon the composition of ‘the collective” and are as diverse as the members, including classical, jazz, pop, musical theater, blues and rock.

Music, Health Care and Advocacy for Congenital Heart Disease

Gil Wernovsky MD, Jeffrey Boris MD and Tom Karl MD organize the Collective, and together work with charities and patient groups that benefit children and young adults with heart disease. Congenital Heart Disease affects 1 in 100 children, is the leading cause of death from birth defects in infants, and is more common than juvenile diabetes, cystic fibrosis and all forms of childhood cancer—combined. Over 11,000 children under one year of age require open heart surgery in the US alone, many of whom must stay in a hospital setting for weeks to months.

One of the missions of the BBSC is to support the children and their families in a “holistic” fashion. In addition to performing open heart surgery and other high-tech and intense treatments in our ‘day jobs’; we support grass roots organizations who provide aid and support to families going through the toughest times of their lives. Originally inspired by the efforts of Mona and Seth Barmash from The Congenital Heart Information Network ( and Spencer’s Fund (, proceeds from our recorded music and performances will directly benefit important efforts not traditionally covered by medical bills: social services, care packages, child life, financial assistance for families far from home, and important therapies for hospitalized children (including music!).

While great strides have been made in caring for children with heart problems, many of which were fatal just 1-2 generations ago, there remain many questions about longer term outcomes. How will the children fare as they go through school? What are the challenges they will face? What are their strengths, and how may these be improved? The BBSC remains committed to helping to answer these questions: by tirelessly pursuing improved treatments in our ‘day jobs’, and by using our musical resources and international networking to support research aimed at improving quality of life for children and young adults with CHD.