Meet “Your Mom”: The Ladies Rocking Retirement—Literally

Updated : Oct 25, 2019 in Articles

Meet “Your Mom”: The Ladies Rocking Retirement—Literally


♪♪ ♪♪ When you’ve retired, you have to
decide what you want to do. Do you want to sit
in the corner and knit, or do you want to play
rock ‘n’ roll? I want to play rock ‘n’ roll. ♪ 1, 2, 3, 4 ♪ ♪ Drugstore ♪ ♪ Drugstore ♪ ♪ Drugstore ♪ ♪ Drugstore ♪ ♪ Somebody take me ♪ ♪ Somebody take me
to the drugstore ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] In retirement, you can be
anything you want to be. Five years ago, I started taking
acoustic guitar lessons. [ Guitar plays ] So this is my third band
with David. My name is David, and I’m
Your Mom’s rock coach. We’ll go to gigs,
whether it’s our gig, their gigs, or somebody else that’s not even
in the organization. And you see all these people
from music club, and it’s such a joy just to be
with all those people. My life was busy. I had a lot of extra
responsibilities at the time that Dave recruited me
into the band, and it has just been a wonderful
experience altogether. In truth, I’ve battled
depression for years, and I was in a bad space,
and I just couldn’t — I couldn’t imagine being
in a room with people. I’ve done it now and I love it, and I think it helps me
stay on a more even keel. I’ve gotten a lot of confidence
out of this exercise of learning to play the drums. And I think the drums was
the perfect thing for me. I was kind of struggling
a little bit. I’m somebody’s mom,
somebody’s wife, then somebody’s ex-wife. [ Laughter ] It’s time for me. ♪♪ I think I got it now. I love that camaraderie that I
haven’t had since high school. I’ve been playing guitar
for a long time. I’m 64 now, and I started
playing when I was 11 years old. I love everything about it,
from the gear that you get buy and play
to just the joy of playing, and the way it connects you
with other people is rewarding. The fun of getting to go play
and getting excited about it, and I would have never imagined
at 64 I’d still get to do that. ♪♪ It’s changed my life,
just to be perfectly blunt. I just found my power. Hey, you! And I’m tearing things up, and I’m just getting started. Zoey, get off of them drums! Get in here
with the aluminum foil! Just this whole new dimension
it adds to your life. It gives you something else
to live for, and we give up so much
as we get older. I think because I’m a mom
and a wife, I never really did things
for me for years. This is for me. Start from the top and see… This is keeping us young,
thinking, popping, keeps us on our toes,
keeps our brain active. And we never said
we’re perfect, either. We — We pride ourselves on
the imperfection, you know? I think that’s what makes us
sound good. We’ve often said
that this is not — this is not a joke band,
it’s not an old lady band. This is a band that’s all about
really putting down some real rock ‘n’ roll. It inspires people. -It does inspire people.
-Yeah. And I think it surprises people,
for whatever reason, you know? We’re in our 60s.
[ Laughs ] ♪ I look good in red ♪ It really is kind of a challenge
to everybody watching it to do something
with their lives. Somebody’s got to save
rock ‘n’ roll. [ Laughter ] -It’s true.
-Right. It’s true. Who saved rock ‘n’ roll?
Your Mom. -Your Mom.
-[ Laughs ] ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ]

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