music for a Friday afternoon
- DebB sent:
Some backstory on this video:
The above video was the most watched this week on YouTube.
It all started when documentary filmmaker Tim Samuels was
making a hard-hitting series for the BBC about the isolated
and disenfranchised elderly in Britan titled Power To The
People. He wanted to have a grand finale for his project
by bringing together 40 of his subjects to record The Who's
My Generation at Abbey Road studios in London to bring
attention to their situation and blow some misconceptions
of the elderly out of the water. U2's producer and Band
Aid's video director jumped on board, the project gained
momentum and the recording session went down:
They were then coached from around the country to
the North London studios, where the single was
painstakingly recorded between band members having
to sit out sections due to treatment for various
medical problems. One fainted in over-excitement
before she even reached the studios.
Don't let that concern you, they all had a blast.
Ninety-nine year old Winnifred Warbuton said the recording
was "the best day in her life" and frontman Alf Carretta,
90, stated, "I feel like the whole experience has brought
me back to life. I was stuck in a rut and now I feel alive
again". The man flipping the bird at the end of the video
is Britain's oldest working citizen Buster Martin, 100.
Already a cult hit on YouTube, the single comes out in May
in Britain and looks like it might be a chart-topper! Check
out The Zimmers' MySpace page too. Profits from the single
will go to the non-profit organization Age Concern.
Musing those who are old are new again....
"Life's short and we never have enough time for the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind." --Henri-Frederic Amiel