Here’s are inspiring examples of oldsters who are aging well by staying connected with themselves and their lives, a good followup to yesterday’s post. These beautiful people call themselves the Young at Heart Chorus, an elderly supergroup of entertainers from New England. If you’d like to know more about them, do check out the colored link above that tells all about the group. There are several links there so that you can learn a little about all the members of the group in the “meet the chorus” link.
The first singer on the YouTube video below, Fred Knittle, gives a different rendition of “Staying Alive,” that is especially amazing when you learn that Fred suffers from congenital heart failure. “I Will Survive” follows, featuring two ladies whose names I wasn’t able to locate, and is so much fun. Then Fred comes back to wrap it all up with a combo of a “Somebody Help Me,” and “Staying Alive.”
After you’ve finish this video, I hope you’ll take the time to scroll down to the bottom of this post to preview the movie trailer from their movie, Young at Heart, a big hit at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival that will be coming to theaters near you this spring.
(I want to see this movie because they inspire me at 65, but even if I were still in my twenties or thirties, I’d still want to see this movie!)
More about the movie from Moviefone: Prepare to be entertained by the inspiring individuals of ‘Young@Heart,’ a New England senior citizens chorus that has delighted audiences worldwide with their covers of songs by everyone from The Clash to Coldplay. As Stephen Walker’s documentary begins, the retirees, led by their strict musical director, are rehearsing their new show, struggling with a discordant Sonic Youth number and giving new meaning to James Brown’s “I Feel Good.” What ultimately emerges is a funny and unexpectedly moving testament to the simple things these seniors value: old friendships, new challenges and a little time in the spotlight.