Sunday, February 08, 2009

when I'm 80 I want to sing songs made famous by people who aren't even born yet

Now I know what I want to do when I grow up, but first I need to learn how to sing so that I can join Young@Heart when I am old enough.

Last night we watched the documentary about a group of New England seniors who have been singing in a choir for 25 years. But this is not your grandfather's senior choir (or perhaps it is). Despite the average age of the choir being 81, Y@H tackle songs by the Clash, Sonic Youth, Coldplay, Talking Heads, David Bowie, James Brown, the Ramones, Bruce Springstein, and yes, Radiohead. They are quite simply astounding, and yet they don't see
m to realise how extraordinary they really are. Their spunk and their zeal for life is just so inspiring, and the grace and pragmatism with which they face the inevitability of death is humbling.

This doc made me desperate to see the choir perform live, or at the very least to give th
em all a big hug. I got teary three times during the film and I am not given to crying at films.

Be warned, Young@Heart is one of those documentaries which only whet your appetite to know more about the subject. Damn, I just cried again while watching the trailer. Your turn:


File this one under "inspired coupling". Radiohead will be performing with the University of Southern California Marching Band at the Grammys tonight.

You know this little zombie will be watching that award show for the first time in her life.


mister anchovy said...

just freakin brilliant, isn't it?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Absolutely, Mr Anchovy. I only hope that I have 1/4 of their spirit when I am 80.

Wandering Coyote said...

I'm so going to be on the lookout for that! It looks amazing!

Dale said...

I saw them on the Graham Norton show I think it was and later saw some YouTube video as well. Incredible aren't they?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's such an inspiring doc, Wandering Coyote, about truly inspiring people. It's heartwarming.

They are my heroes, Dale. I want to be one.

Sean Wraight said...

Such a fun documentary Bsrb! Glad to hear you finally got a chance to see it. Their songlist is positively inspired. My heart literally soared when I heard their performance of 'schizophrenia'... Definitely one to add to the library.

I'll be right there with you watching Radiohead tonight. I was kind of hoping that might open the show but when Bono is in the building... Weeeeelllll...

Should be an outstanding performance!


Gifted Typist said...

Mister Anchovy said it. I can add no more. Other than thank you for bringing my attn to this.

mellowlee said...

Ooooh I have been waiting for this to come out on DVD!!! My co-worker saw it in the theatre, and was telling me all about it :O) Yaaaaaaay!

Allison said...

Did you not love Dave Grohl on the drums with Paul McCartney?

Oh, and Radiohead was good too. ;) Not red pants though...

John Mutford said...

I've been wanting to see that one, glad to hear it didn't disappoint.

Did Radiohead perform "Tusk"?

Joe said...

I haven't seen this movie yet because I'm afraid it will make me weep.

Westcoast Walker said...

Gives me hope - I can get my vocal cops up to scratch over the next few decades and sing those classic indie hits from 2012!

I am with about the Grammys - there may now be a reason to watch at least a portion of them - pray that they don't leave Radiohead for the end, forcing us to suffer through it all!

BeckEye said...

That's the most beautiful movie. I watched it last month. Of course, they really made you fall in love with the 2 guys who died during the filming...and then to find out during the credits about Eileen...oh, I was crushed!

Worse yet is that, in January, Fred (who did that heartbreaking rendition of "Fix You") finally passed.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They were amazing on "Schizophrenia", Sean! And I wept when they sang "Forever Young" at the prison.
Radiohead SHOULD have opened the Grammys, then I could have turned off the tv much earlier.

You must watch it, Gifted.

Rent it, rent it NOW, Mel!

I loved Dave Grohl's big shit-eating grin during that performance, Al. It almost made up for having to watch Paul McCartney.
No red pants on Thom, but that was a pretty nifty little jacket. It set off his flowing locks haha.

I guarantee you will enjoy the film John!
Tusk? The Fleetwood Mac song? No, but they had a marching band.

It WILL, Bubs! Buckets!

I have stepped up my shower singing in preparation, Westcoast.
Oh god, I suffered through 3 hours to watch Radiohead. They OWE me!

I know, I read that on their site and I was heartbroken. What a magnificent voice he had!
But you are right, it was a beautiful film.

Will said...

This looks great ... I want to see it. Thanks for the tip.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's really an unforgettable story about some incredible people, Will.

Karen's Mouth said...

I *keep* meaning to watch this and forgetting. Now it has the Barb seal of approval I will DO IT.

Although I am literally crying at anything at the moment so it could be messy *trundles off to add it to DVDs in the post list thing*

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh dear, it will leave you in a puddle on the floor, Kees! But in a good way.

justacoolcat said...

I've seen parts of the documentary and who says you have to be young to rock? Why, I rocked myself to sleep last night and . . . zzz . . .zzzz