Monday, October 18, 2021

Students in Vintage Voices sing old songs to old folks


A group of about 20 students from Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Md., has been singing songs from the 1930s through the 1950s every month or so at senior day care centers, nursing homes, and assisted living centers in the area for a little over a year now, bringing smiles everywhere they go, the Baltimore Sun reports.

“This is the music they know and love, music they listened to when they were young,” high school senior Becky Goodridge was quoted as saying. She started the singing group, known as “Vintage Voices,” last year as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award she can receive as a Girl Scout.

And because the crowd knows the songs, they’ll often start singing along. “As soon as people start singing along, you get more comfortable,” said another senior member of the group. “It’s awkward at first, like everyone’s just staring at you up there, but when they sing, it’s like you’re not alone. They know these songs. They love these songs.”

Vintage Voices doesn’t just show up, sing a few songs, and leave, either. Members often sit with residents after the performance and talk with senior citizens, and that gives the high school students enough support to wish similar groups sprang up at other high schools. “I think it’s important [for seniors] to know that the youth now still care about their music and their lives,” Ms Goodridge was quoted as saying. “It reminds them of when they were young, and reminds them of happy times.”

Some popular songs from the 1940s might even be known to today’s young peoole:

  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  • I’ll Be Seeing You – Bing Crosby / Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
  • Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree – Glenn Miller / Andrews Sisters
  • Auld Lang Syne – Guy Lombardo
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000 – Glenn Miller
  • I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover – Art Mooney / Russ Morgan / Alvino Rey
Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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