Friday, April 18, 2008

Da Count-Rock On!

Since I have been laid low this week due to my stupid lower back I have watched an inordinate amount of TV. I've had on a bunch of stuff I rarely ever see. I've spent a bunch of time bemoaning my back and the Democratic debate and coverage of all the frenzy leading up to the Pennsylvania primary on Tuesday. As if my back wasn't aggravating enough here's me screaming at the George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson for their utter incompetence in moderating a debate that covers topics that directly related to a candidate's ability to govern. Gah!!!! My children came rushing into the room fearing I had really hurt myself because of my ranting only to find their mother shouting at the TV over the inanity passed off as significant, meaningful debate of important issues. Yes, I have been a miserable grouch all week.

Yesterday however as I was once again laying around flipping channels I ran across the Ellen DeGeneres Show. She had on "Young@Heart" which is a New England senior citizen's choir that covers all manner of contemporary artists from Bruce Springsteen to Outkast. Apparently there is even a documentary about them currently in theaters. So here is their performance on the show. It's brief and you really need to see the end. I'll wait till you get back from watching.





Ok, was it high art? No. Was the singing even all that fabulous? No. Are these people having an absolute blast and putting smiles on people's faces and keeping themselves active? You bet your bippy. They put a big smile on my face when I needed it this week.

They also reminded me of my grandmother, who is no longer with us, and my great-great aunt, who still is. Nana went hot air ballooning at 75 and parasailing at 76. She thought nothing of crawling around on the floor with my kids when they were very young and she was 78. My aunt is 86 and if you've ever seen her sing "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" you know if you asked her to "shake it like a Polaroid picture" she wouldn't hesitate for even half a second. Actually, she'd be the one grabbing the rest of us and telling us to shake it with her.

So this week I'm counting Nana, Aunt B, and a group of seniors having a great time.

24 comments:

G-Man said...

Nana sounds awesome...

Lovely coconuts seem to run in your family eh?

Have a GREAT and painless week-end Michelle....G

xoxtrinixoxx

Keyser Soze said...

Hee! Shake it like a polaroid picture! Hope you feel better soon!

S said...

Oh man, that was just fabulous! I am sooo going to do that when I am old!

Thank you Lime, what a fun way to wake up!

Jeni said...

Maybe there is something in the air this week that's creating a bit of the "grouchies" besides aching backs and joints (I have the same issues) but I've not been in the best of humor and grumping a bit more than usual. But that video really did perk me up. I think I saw a weather report that is calling for potential rain sometime over the weekend which could help explain a bit more my aches and pains that seem a little stronger today -usually happens when there is a shift about to happen in the weather.

furiousBall said...

Hope that back gets to feelin' better amiga.

lecram said...

:) Beautiful, brilliant count, Lime! Yeah, it's all about living... no matter what age one is. Rock On!

mssolitaire said...

LOL... I wanna see a video of the Coconuts song! :)

I can't look at the video now, I'm at work, but this weekend I'll check it out! :)

Yay!

Seamus said...

I was sent to my room for screaming at the moderators on the TV - at least I was sent WITH a beer ... and a trank! How 'bout they pose questions about REAL issues instead of this tabloid shit that's been rehashed a bizillion times?

EmBee said...

Just lovely Lime... Here's another song for you...

"Always look on the bright side of life... duh-duh, duh-dum, duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-dum"

Today you have me singing that song!

Thanks!

Craver Vii said...

So I clicked on your profile, and it says you're 251 years old!! No wonder your back is giving you so much grief! Why, those octogenarians are just babies!

coopernicus said...

Isn't that awesome? These folks have been around for awhile and now they've got their own feature film!!! My Uncle was 70 when he got his pilot's license, god bless him. I hope your back quiets down soon. As a fellow back sufferer I have total empathy..

RennyBA said...

Get well, take care and have a great end (back) to your week!

VE said...

Bummer on the back. I hate back trouble. When Jack LaLanne was in his 70s he was still towing boats of cement across San Francisco Bay while having his hands chained together. Now he's in his early 90s and doesn't do the stunt exercises but is still as active as a 30 year old (and probably healthier).

Katie :) said...

It is all about enjoying what you have, no matter what your age isn't it???

Right on! :)

Breazy said...

I love it! How great is that? I hope I can find a group to sing, dance and have fun with when I am that age.

Thanks for sharing Lime.

I have an aunt that has been gone almost two years and I remember her getting down and playing with us when we were very young, she was an inspiration to me and taught me that even grown-ups can play too.

barman said...

I love some of the day time shows including Ellen but most of it just rots one mind. I have watched a lot of the Democratic debates to see if I can learn something but truthfully I think they are both morons. Clinton has earned my dislike of her and Obama has done nothing to make me thing he is the better candidate. Don't the Democrats want to win the Presidential election? I would probably have been yelling at the screen with you. Actually I have done it before on some of the other debates.

I love that group. They were fun, especially the gentleman with a cane. I wondered what happened to him when he first started his solo. I thought he got stuck or something. But for me I loved Hey Ya. I love that song to begin with by Outkast but they did marvelous. I wondered how they were going to do the Polaroid picture part. Silly me.

"I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" ... classic! Thanks for the grin.

Jocelyn said...

We just spent some time last weekend with my husband's Alzheimer's grandpa at his special "home." I'd give all of my everything if he could still be part of a group like that.

(oh, and you know? I've just realized I never did email you when you were so nice as to give me your address in a comment...I keep remembering that in weird minutes...one day, I'll surprise you and shout howdy in email)

M said...

oh goodie. i love documentaries. i am going to check this one out.

KFarmer said...

That had me laughing so hard, I had tears running down my face! Great count lovey, great count.

airplanejayne said...

Dear God,
If I simply must grow old, let me grow old like those folks.

Amen

Phain said...

that was awesome. one of the reasons why i love going to choir at church is hanging out with the senior adults that are in the majority over there. they have such a good time and their high spirits are contagious.

jillie said...

Funny you should have that on there. I was watching some show the other day and they were showing them practice. I thought what they are doing is FANTASTIC!!!!! What a way to keep them young at heart. Oh that was soooo fun to watch. Thanks limey dear!

Maybe all of us bloggers in about 30 years can do something like that for a bloggers reunion?????? LOL

Moosekahl said...

To Nana, Aunt B, and the Young@Heart...that's the way to LIVE life.

CrazyCath said...

That was good! Hope I'm doing that at 70 or 80 something.