Thursday, February 05, 2009

Senior Adult Choir Tries Hip Hop

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When a family member sent the video below to me, I was very amused and entertained. Here were a group of elderly white folks singing hip hop songs like "Hot in Here" and "Hey Ya!" and they were doing it with feeling. What an example these seniors are setting for other older people who want to connect with younger people. This group of very adult singers at First Baptist in Fort Mill, S.C. are at least trying to bridge the gap between themselves and the younger people in their congregation.

Fort Mill is actually a suburb of Charlotte, so I'm very tempted to go visit this church. They've got to be doing some unique things for the Lord down there. The person who posted this clip on Youtube calls it a "great transgenerational cultural experient" and I agree.

I was struck by the commitment and dedication these folks have obviously given to this project. They do a version of Outkast's "Hey Ya!" that adds a flavor to the song I haven't heard before. Check out:

- The operatic cry of one of the women singers on "Hey Ya" (I got chills!)

- The lady scratching her chin while they're singing "Hey Ya!" as if to say, "Remind me again -- why are we doing this?"

-- The Director. He has taken this project seriously. He delivers his lines with force and commitment and in turn, expects the senior citizens to give it all they have.

-- The dancing during "Hot in Here." None of them crack a smile, which shows you how seriously they're taking this project. (The seniors aren't laughing, but you will be when you see it.)

Here it is. The First Baptist Church Senior Adult Choir doing their take on hip hop.

8 comments:

KC said...

Okay, now that might be a little over the top for the good Sista! That was simply, Bogus! I don't think so. Those songs have no business in the church choir AND this was for a talent competition. I guess money is still the root........

layta

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

KC,
What money?

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa,
This is too funny! I love it!

Auntie T

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Auntie T,
I thought it was quite entertaining and hilarious. What a treat!
Lisa

Anonymous said...

OK....THAT WAS MORE THAN I EXPECTED. I think they went just a little bit tooooooo far.

MaDear

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Madear,
Do you mean on "Gettin' HOt in here," or "Bet you wish your girlfriend was ....."
(hahahahaha)

Anonymous said...

That was Dreadful!

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

I'm sure you wouldn't be the first person to think so.