Monday, June 01, 2009

Stayin' Alive (Reprise)

Inspirational Geezer Edition

And the Indiana Jones Award for the Discovery of Hidden Treasures on the Interwebs goes to Dog-Eared Book, who sent in these gems in response to yesterday's meditation on the Bee Gees, the Buddha, and be-ing. I swear, sometimes I think DEB must be some kind of professionally trained researcher or something. With a charmingly quirky sense of what counts as culturally significant. Watch this now, or Dick Cheney will show up at your Fourth of July party to tell everyone that you are a really inept hostess and eating guacamole makes America less safe:

The punksters among you will also want to check out Young@Heart's creepy, crazy, wonderful rendition of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated." (Sorry to take you off-blog, but embedding on this one has been disabled. Follow that link, though. You won't regret it.)

Curious about who these singing, hoofing, aging children are? Young@Heart was established in 1982 at an elderly housing project in Northampton, MA. It is directed by Bob Cilman. The current group of performers ranges in age from 73 to 88. (Hey, maybe they need a canine mascot, who, at 105 in human years, would make them all spring chickens!) Full scoop on the group is here. And here's a trailer for the 2008 documentary, Young@Heart, directed by Stephen Walker.

Thanks for making our day, Dog-Eared Book. And thanks to all y'all for being, you know, the wind beneath our wings. Peace out.


  1. Anonymous1:33 PM EDT

    Once again, luv you Rox, and the moms. All my very very best, James

    And here's a little more music: REM unplugged covering The Troggs' "Love Is All Around"

    (please cut & paste if it doesn't function as a link)

  2. And the hits just keep on comin'! Thanks, James. We don't know the Troggs, so we thought maybe REM was going to be performing the theme song to the Mary Tyler Moore Show, a house favorite around here, but this was beautiful, too.


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