Belvedere Residents Create Parody of Beastie Boys Hit
Music Video Featuring Residents of The Belvedere of Westlake at 1.9 Million ‘YouTube’ Views and Counting
A lighthearted music video featuring 90-something-year-olds doing a parody of the iconic Beastie Boys hit song, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party),” has been viewed nearly 2 million times since it was posted to YouTube March 30.
The video features residents and staff of The Belvedere of Westlake, and was filmed by the facility’s Program Coordinator, Stephanie Gumina. The video can be viewed online at: https://youtu.be/mZ6ZrJUNQG4
The whole next day, we saw another 10,000 views, and another 10,000 views, and it just kept building. I really don’t know how it caught fire.”
The 3:35 minute video features The Belveders’s aging hipsters donning dark sunglasses and gold chain necklaces, a spunky woman wailing on an electric guitar, a husband and wife drag racing in their wheelchairs, several men showing off appliquéd boxer shorts, and more than a few taking swigs from a bottle of Jack Daniel’s (that actually contains apple juice instead of alcohol).
Belvedere co-owner John Griffiths also makes an appearance, just long enough to take a whipped cream pie to the face.
The “Belvedere Boys” and other volunteer video participants “feel like celebrities,” Gumina says. “They’re asking each other, ‘Did you ever think that THIS is what we’d be doing in our 90s? We’re all over the Internet!’ They think it’s awesome. They have had a lot of fun with it.”
This is the third music video Gumina and Belvedere residents have produced. “The residents love making them. We have a very interesting group here at The Belvedere,” Gumina says. “They like to have fun, they are quick learners, and I knew they would ham it up for the camera!” In February 2014, Belvedere residents did a parody of the Pharrell Williams song “Happy.” Last August, they filmed a “senior rendition” of “Summer Nights” from Grease.
She chose “Fight for Your Right” for the latest video, she explains, “because I tease them that I know they are up to no good when the staff is not around. When they first heard the song, they were like, ‘Really?’ But I said, ‘just trust me, there’s a method to my madness,’ and so they did.”
The video was filmed over four days and Gumina spent two more days editing it before posting to YouTube. Now, she says, Residents are eager to get started on the next one. “Everyone is invited to participate; those who don’t want to be on camera enjoy watching us film. But many of them love being in front of the camera.”
Gumina enjoys using her broadcasting background to offer Belvedere residents an entertaining alternative to the typical activities offered at retirement homes. “I studied at the Ohio Center for Broadcasting before joining The Belvedere nine years ago. That’s where I learned how to digitally record and edit videos,” she says.
“This is something different and exciting for them to do that’s not the everyday thing,” she concludes. “We received a lot of positive feedback from the video. We just hope people enjoy it.”
About The Belvedere of Westlake
The Belvedere of Westlake is a premier, family-owned, assisted living facility featuring 33 luxurious suites in a unique “Town Center” setting. Specializing in resident-centered care, the Belvedere is designed to allow seniors their independence and privacy while also providing the amenities and support needed to enjoy a high quality of life. The Belvedere is part of the Rae-Ann family of health care facilities. To learn more, visit rae-ann.net.