Youth is definitely wasted on the Young.

Last night my heart took a pounding. I’m still not over it. Over the weekend, my wife Amy, trying to wind down from doing real estate deals, decided to take in a movie. Like me, she will often look for those films that don’t get the billing of the likes of the latest Indiana Jones, or “Sex In the City” gig, but nevertheless are true artistic masterpieces. She found another one in the likes of “Young@Heart,” the story of “a group of senior citizens called the Young at Heart Chorus. Their repertoire is varied; their average age is 80. Over the past several years they’ve toured internationally, acclaimed for their renditions of modern pop and rock songs, all under the guidance of their musical director Bob Cillman.” Read more…

Maybe it’s because my parents are now at an average age of 79, and still on the go (enough to make me covet a nap just watching them), that I found the story so heartwarming. The film is a feel-good chronicle of overcoming life’s ups and downs and flush with misty-eye-maker vignettes. A few of the chorus member’s stories overloaded my heart with heaps of tenderizer. It was not a movie for the dispassionate.

One particular segment of the show that really touched me was a song sung by Fred Knittle, a guy who reminds me alot of my dad. He sang the song in dedication to one of the chorus’ late members who had recently passed away. It was a tough moment. ( that’s guy talk for, “I was choked up). The song “Fix You” by Coldplay is a poignantly transcendent statement that resonates with varied interpretations. It means many things to many people. Nevertheless, under the circumstances of this movie, it appealed to my thoughts of mistakes and failures, disappointments, tragedies, and some bad luck. But like all that moves us, we find encouragement amidst our sadness and loss. This is what I experienced listening to Fred Knittle. Closure, hope, and peace.

Like I said before, my parents are in the same age group that the members of Young@Heart are. They are amazingly young. As the movie’s screenplay moved toward the credits, I could only think about how lucky I’ve been to see my own parents living young-at-heart! God Bless them with many more years and many thanks to my wife, Amy for telling me about this wonderful film.

Fred Knittle with the Young@Heart Chorus

Fred Knittle with the Young@Heart Chorus

“Fix You”

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face
And I…

Tears stream down on your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face
And I…

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

My folks, Bob & Doris Hallquist – Young@Heart

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