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Young @ Heart Chorus

I hope you were lucky enough to catch last week's Independent Lens program on PBS. It was a documentary about the Young @ Heart chorus, a group of senior citizens in Northampton Mass  who perform rock and roll songs. The film follows them as they learn several new songs for an upcoming concert. young@heart1 I had never heard of this group, although they have been doing this for 25 years, touring all over the world. As I watched, I was reminded of my Dad, who loved to sing and had a wonderful personality. There were so many parts of the film that moved me to tears of joy, then tears of sadness, as 2 members of their group die the week of their concert. I would love for you to spend some time and watch these videos, and I know you will be as moved as I was. We start with the trailer: Two performances were especially moving. The first, a trip to a minimum security prison where, among other songs, they brought the crowd to tears with their version of "Forever Young". I can't embed the video because they won't allow it, but I can certainly give you the link. One of the men who died before the concert was to do a duet, which turned into a solo. I promise you, you will never listen to Coldplay's "Fix You" in the same way ever again. And finally, to leave you will some joy... The Young @ Heart Chorus covers the Ramones! Do try to catch this when it airs again, which I'm SURE it will.

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