Driving to work this morning, listening to NPR’s “Morning Edition” as is my routine, I heard a great story about a music group I’d really like to see sometime. The group is called Young at Heart, and this is part of their story:
When the Young@ Heart began in 1982 the members all lived in an elderly housing project in Northampton, MA called the Walter Salvo House. The first group included elders who lived through both World Wars. One of our members had fought in the Battle of the Somme as a 16 year old and another, Anna Main, lost her husband in the First World War. Anna was a stand-up comic who at 88 told jokes that only she could get away with. She sang with us until she was 100. We celebrated her 100th birthday with a parade downtown. We actually had to reschedule the parade for a year later when her family informed us that we had the date wrong and she was only 99. This initial group also included Diamond Lillian Aubrey who came on our first two European tours and wowed the audiences with her deadpan version of Manfred Mann’s “Doo Wah Diddy”. In later years she appeared “on stage” via video, performing the Stone’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
The Rolling Stones? That’s right! James Brown, too! Sweet! These folks prove the point that you’re only as old and feeble as you want to act.
Anyway, here’s their website, with lots more information, including biographies and photos. Also, here is the Morning Edition story I heard today, which features lots of audio of the group singing — I highly recommend spending three minutes listening to it.
If they don’t make you smile, perhaps you need to rethink your attitude!