Young At Heart (and liver and pancreas etc.)

A swell gal walks into a bar with a bear on her head. The bartender looks up and says “Can I help you?” The bear says “Yeah, you can get this swell gal off my ass.

I’ve always wondered what it would be like in nursing homes when they are filled with baby boomers and someone comes in to lead a sing-along.  I’ve been in nursing homes where the sing-alongs have been included songs like “Wait ‘Til the Sunshines Nellie,” or “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” or other songs from the first half of the 1900s.  But when the boomers are there will they have us all singing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “One Toke Over The Line Sweet Jesus,” and “In-a-gadda-da-vida.”  I found the answer last night in a wonderful documentary called “Young at Heart.”  In the Twin Cities it will be played again on Channel 2 this Saturday at 9:00 or on Channel 13 this Sunday at 6:00.  It is about a singing group with an average age of 81.  You watch them rehearse James Brown’s  “I Feel Good,” the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” and others.  It will make you smile, laugh, cry, and feel hopeful about getting older (those of you who are getting older — me I’m regressing and will soon be old enough not to vote, which I’m actually looking forward to).