Picks and Pans Review: 3 Reasons I Love Young@heart
updated 04/28/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/28/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
1 YOU'RE AS YOUNG AS YOU SING The Young@Heart chorus, based in Northampton, Mass., enthusiastically performs rock songs by Bruce Springsteen, the Clash, Coldplay and others, even though many of its members—average age: 80—prefer listening to opera or musicals.
2 PRACTICE MAKES YOU "FEEL GOOD" Shot over seven weeks as the chorus learns new songs for a concert, a running gag shows two soloists messing up the lyrics and growling in James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)." They're still shaky at the show, but they sing with such gusto, the audience goes wild.
3 AGE DOES BRING WISDOM When the chorus members visit a prison and sing Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" to the mostly young male inmates, see if you don't mist up along with the prisoners and find yourself thinking about what you're doing with your own life and whether you're making every day count.