Groveland Elementary fifth-graders in the Music & Lyrics choir will perform, with their penpals from the Alive and Kickin aged 65+ singing group, 7-8 p.m. Monday, May 15, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 Cty. Rd. 19, Excelsior.
Alive & Kickin is changing what it means to grow older one rock song at a time. The organization features a talented and inspirational group of seniors 65-92 years “young” who tour the state with a musical message that empowers its members to entertain and enlighten multi-generational audiences.
“We will each be performing some songs by ourselves, as well as one song together,” said Groveland Music & Lyrics Director Seth Boyd. “Additionally, each choir has chosen a song for the other group to sing. The rules for the selection were that Music & Lyrics should choose a song for Alive & Kickin’ to sing that is popular now. The kids chose the song ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’ by Alessia Cara.’ After a lot of discussion, what settled them on that song was the idea that senior citizens have lots of life experience and wisdom. They thought it would be cool to have the song’s message of ‘loving yourself just the way you are’ come from the voice of experience.”
Alive & Kickin’ members also choose a song that was popular when they were in elementary school. The song they chose was Louis Jordan’s “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie.” Music & Lyrics immediately loved the
The student choir received a Minnetonka Alumni Association grant from the fine arts endowment.
Ensemble members have exchanged several letters throughout the year. They’ve discussed sports, music, family, pets and more topics.
“It is exciting for me to know that this will be a truly joint concert,” Boyd said.
For more information, visit AliveandKickinMN.org.