Watch 2nd Through 6th Graders Perform The Grateful Dead’s “Brokedown Palace” As The Barton Hills Choir

first_imgAs the decades pass since the Grateful Dead’s inception in 1965, the group’s music lives on and thrives. Over the weekend, The Barton Hills Choir from Austin, Texas posted a heartwarming video that highlights exactly why this beloved music is not likely to fade away. The Barton Hills Choir is made up of 2nd through 6th graders from Austin, Texas’s Barton Hills Elementary School along with local musicians. In this latest video, during an end-of-year assembly, the choir performs the Dead’s legendary ballad, “Brokedown Palace” with their chorus with dozens of singers, a piano, drums, guitar, and bass. Ringing in at four minutes in length, the video highlights a number of young soloists as well as a musical interlude that lets the adult musicians show off their chops.EXCLUSIVE: How The Viral High School Cover Of Phish’s “Divided Sky” Came To BeThe Barton Hills Choir has a history of performing Dead tunes over the last year. Their angelic rendition of “Fire on the Mountain” was arranged by Mickey Hart himself and shared widely around the web. In September of last year, the group released a sixteen-track album featuring hits from David Bowie, The Foo Fighters, and the Dead, including numbers like “Touch Of Grey,” “Ripple,” and “Cassidy.” You can listen to their album here. In the comments of the video, the Barton Hills Choir noted that there’s more Grateful Dead on the way from this group of stellar young performers, stating that the choir will work on “Box of Rain” next and that it’s the “hardest song ever.” Videos of children singing the Grateful Dead and other bands we love inevitably hold a special place in many of our hearts, as it only underlines the point that the music has a voice with the next generation and that they’re just as eager to keep it alive. You can check out the video of the Barton Hills Choir’s rendition of “Brokedown Palace” below, courtesy of the group, and keep your eyes peeled for their version of “Box Of Rain” next school year!Brokedown Palace – The Barton Hills Choirlast_img read more

Lessons from retirement industry litigation

first_imgIf your organization offers a retirement plan to your employees, you assume fiduciary responsibility and that opens you up to a number of risks, including legal action. When you’ve worked in the retirement plan business as long as I have, you can’t escape the occasional breaking news story of a well-meaning company facing litigation involving their company retirement plan. The catalyst for action is usually a disgruntled former employee going to an attorney. The attorney most often looks for mutual funds with higher-than-average expenses based on the holdings information that is publically disclosed (IRS Form 5500). The attorney then multiplies that amount by six years (statute of limitation under ERISA). At that point, the attorney determines if it is financially worthwhile to file for legal action. To further complicate the matter, under the rules for a class action suit in the 401(k) world, just one person satisfies the rules for a class action suit because the class is easy to define (all current and former employees).Documentation and NeglectIn discovery, the attorney looks for neglect (not replacing funds that are overpriced, underperforming, or have manager turnover) and lack of documentation (written recommendations from the advisor and/or committee minutes), to prove shortcomings in the basis for how decisions are made.Fortunately, the standard of fiduciary law under ERISA isn’t that your recommendations be 100% correct, but rather that you follow prudent standards (structure, discipline, and documentation) to prove that you have a process in place. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more