Nothing causes the brain to turn nostalgic like an old familiar song. When that song is sung by people who love what they do and have smiles on, it's hard not to sing along.
The Happy Gang is a group of seniors who will do a few "old standards" at Langley Good Times Cruise-In and hope to get folks to sing along.
Bob Taylor, father of Cruise-In president Eric Taylor, will be performing with about 15 other members of The Happy Gang at the bandshell in Douglas Park at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Cruise-In. When asked if they
considered themselves a band, Taylor responded, "Let's not get any hopes up of seeing a brass band or something. We are a fun group, a sing-along group; we're a happy group. We sing songs that people can sing along with us."
The numbers on the schedule will be familiar, or at least Taylor hopes they will be because, "We're going to ask them [the audience] to sing," he said.
Expect classics like Sentimental Journey, A Bicycle Built for Two, Bye, Bye, Blackbird, even King of the Road.
"I think there's going to be about 15 singers, plus me, plus my pianist," Taylor said, describing group members as, "all happy people."
The group has been together for about 12 years. They change members as "things happen," Taylor noted. He mentioned that attrition happens in life, and everyone
in the group is "fine with that."
"Singing is an exceptionally important part of my life," he said. "I'm not a professional, I just love to sing. I'm 80 years old. I grew up singing and everyone learned to sing."
Take in the songs that inspire singing along at this year's Cruise-In and see why Taylor says, "Music is wonderful stuff. It ties everyone together."
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