Need a quick pick-me-up? Check out this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg_2Ch4uXNY
It’s clearly not produced by a professional, but this very fun clip shows a chorus of LGBT older adults rocking out to “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” by LCD Soundsystem. Stay alert around the 6:00-minute mark for a wild beatbox solo.
LCD Soundsystem, Franz Ferdinand, George Michael, Prince, Tracy Chapman…these aren’t necessarily the musical artists most people expect older adults to sing on stage, and that’s part of the magic of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Senior Services Department-sponsored Forever Young Chorale. This high-energy group was designed to build intergenerational bridges by performing music that appeals to younger people. And it works! Debuting in June 2009 in front of a full house of 150, the 13 Forever Young Chorale members – all LGBT or allies, and all 50 and older – so wowed an enthusiastic intergenerational audience that they were invited to become the first community group to ever perform on the main stage of the L.A. Pride Festival. There – as you can see for yourself in a series of YouTube videos – the Chorale thrilled the audience with very sexy, high-energy performances of songs they picked specifically to appeal to younger people. The Chorale has since then been fielding multiple requests for encores, including one from a nightclub that booked them for a midnight performance!
Want more? How about the Chorale performing Tracey Chapman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7CG0jg6-Js