In his song about the U.S.A., Bob Young, the older brother of famed Canadian-American songwriter Neil Young, highlights an important life lesson — one that has nothing to do with politics.
His first song, called “Hey America,” released on Tuesday, tells the country to “give love a chance” and “set your liberty free.” It comes less than a week before Election Day, when Americans will decide if President Trump or Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will take office for the next four years.
“Let no one steal your power,” he sings.
But the song also exemplifies a familiar adage: you’re never too old to start something. The older Young, who just launched his music career, is 78 years old. “I am watching myself do this,” he said in a statement . “All you aging baby boomers out there, give it a shot.”
Bob Young is playing alongside his brother, Neil, who is on the harmonica, as well as other well-established musicians. They’re playing as “Young Bob & the Peterboroughs,” which includes Bob Young as lead vocalist and acoustic guitar, Mike Belitsky on drums, Travis Good on banjo and vocals, Ryan Weber on bass, and Melissa Payne on fiddle and vocals.
The band members recorded their parts of the video separately and had it edited together because of the current pandemic. “Hey America” was directed by CK Vollick with Bernard Shakey & dhlovelife.
“I didn’t set out to become a songwriter and singer at 78 years of age,” he said in an official statement on Neil Young’s site . “It was and is an organic event.” After watching Donald Trump on television a few years ago, he was inspired to write down a few lines and strike a few chords. “It took a while to be able to play and sing the song from start to finish. When I could finally accomplish that, it was a victory.”
Americans can take notes from Young. The concept of retirement has evolved. Instead of leaving the workforce and living out the rest of one’s years at home or on the beach, people are taking this time to reinvent themselves , or take up a beloved hobby or new career path. “As Yogi Berra put it, ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over, and even then it ain’t over,’” the older Young said. “I have more songs, all from the same creative spark.”