“Age doesn’t matter, unless you’re cheese.”
This is a famous saying by a sensible chap called Billie Burke. As a singer with After Dark Duo, Trio and Chemistry, I have come to increasingly support this claim the more times I perform at 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 70th birthday parties and wedding anniversary celebrations.
I am constantly inspired by the men and women I see dancing all night long on the dance floor, regardless of their age. We played at a 70th birthday party at a golf club in Hertfordshire last week and the dance floor was packed with people in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. We love an audience who do not feel inhibited about getting up and “having a good boogie” and we make sure that we play the right type of music to make this happen!
I then consider another quote by Burke which further supports this:
“A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face.”
I believe that there is far too much ageism and stereotyping about age when in fact we can all enjoy a good party whether we’re 18 or 80. Age is just a number – I actually mentally feel around 25 although I might physically feel around 50 when I wake up on Sunday after a great gig! I may wake up feeling exhausted but it’s really worth it and I just hope that each and every person in our audience feels the same – we know that we are doing our job properly then!
About the author
Wendy is lead singer of one of the best live function bands in the UK and also runs her own Entertainment Agency After dark Entertainments – have a look at her sites for more info: