Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Young@Heart


I just finished watching the most incredible and inspiring movie. It's a documentary called Young@Heart, which tells the story of a choir that originally developed from an elderly housing project in Northampton, MA. The members range from 70-80 years in age and are directed by Bob Cilman, an obvious music lover who is passionate about the performances of his choir members. Bob teaches them songs ranging from the Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated" to Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark".

The people in this film have the most brilliant spirits. It's amazing to watch. Through most of it I had a huge smile plastered on my face but there are a couple sad parts. Two beloved members of the choir pass away during the filming. One was planning a duet of Coldplay's "Fix You" with fellow retired singer Frank Knittle, who dedicates this heartbreaking performance to his friend, Bob Salvini:

Young At Heart - Fix You


Before their final performance the choir visits a local prison and sings for the inmates. They also performs a song for them in memory of a member who had just passed away that morning. The reaction of the inmates is absolutely beautiful. I cannot gush enough - You have to see this movie.





Young@Heart is a Walker George film distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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