What a lovely idea.  Take a group of people who are largely forgotten by today’s society, give them purpose, an opportunity to lift their own hearts and, by doing so, the hearts fo those around them.

The group is called The Young at Heart Choir.  It was formed 25 years ago.  Notably, its members rotate fo obvious reasons.  I find that fact magnifies the meaning in each song they deliver. 

The piece below was originally learned as a duet.  The man, singing solo now, lost his partner just days before this performance. 

Knowing that, understanding the physical condition of the soloist, and listening to the words of the song all make for a heart-stopping combination.  Think of this next time you pass by anyone, young or old, without giving them a smile. 

Eventually, if we’re lucky, we all end up with more years behind, than ahead.



~ by rfgainey on April 24, 2008.

2 Responses to “Heart-Stopping”

  1. This is pretty powerful stuff!

    I’ve done a lot of volunteer work with the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes – and I really enjoyed it. I was shocked though at the number of families who simply use hospitals and nursing homes as a dumping ground. They leave their mothers and fathers and grandparents in the care of strangers in a strange place and just move on.

    I think there should be more choirs like this – how uplifting!

  2. I really want to see the documentary made about these folks!

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