Belvedere Residents’ Music Video Goes Viral – Over 2 Million YouTube Views!

Belvedere of Westlake Beastie Boys Video

The residents of The Belvedere of Westlake are the hottest thing on the Internet!

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 over 2 million times since it was posted to YouTube March 30.

The video features residents and staff and was filmed by Program Coordinator Stephanie Gumina.

The 3:35 minute video features a 96-year-old hipster donning dark sunglasses and gold chain necklaces, a spunky 94-year-old resident 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 (apple juice replaced the whiskey, says Gumina). 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.”