The oldest team of professional composers in the history of pop music publishes a “Book of songs for seniors”
Of Elton john & Bernie Taupin and Carole king & Gerry Goffin at Burt bacharach & Hal David & Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, popular music’s greatest songwriters teams have produced music that spans generations.
But no songwriting team currently working today connects as many generations as Alan R. Tripp and Marvin Weisbord, the creators of SENIOR SONG BOOK, which is slated for release on November 15, 2019. They are arguably the launches of SENIOR SONG BOOK. oldest team of professional songwriters in pop music history.
With Tripp, the lush lyricist who once wrote with the great Alan Bergman, at 102, and his “junior” writing partner, songwriter Weisbord, an equally robust 88, this dedicated duo celebrated enough birthdays to cross nearly two centuries.
And they’re just starting to heat up.
It’s a load of life experience, and with it comes the wisdom that shines through in this new collection of eight songs written specifically for the elderly, by the elderly. Easily transitioning from swing to tango to rumba and beyond with big band style orchestration, SENIOR SONG BOOK is packed with music that will transport listeners to the 1940s, with lyrics from a 2020s perspective.
Thanks to the fertile and restless minds of these two elderly statesmen, as well as the insight and insight they drew from their long, busy lives, the elders who began to come of age with “the greatest generation ‘at the dawn of rock’n’roll no longer feel out of place and relegated to their old recordings.
Tripp, a three-time retired advertising executive, inventor and author, has long lamented the lack of new music written for the elderly. As a pilot of SENIOR SONG BOOK, he steadfastly held on to his wish to fill this void.
“We found a secret,” says Tripp. “If you write music in the old 40’s style, big bands, people love it. Not just older people, but younger people. But words don’t have to try to compete with the good old days. . They were too sweet, too sweet. They weren’t the reality you get when you get older – and I’m a little older. But now in this reality of looking back on life, we could sing new songs. words with new ideas based on our perspective on what makes life beautiful. The question of what is happening between men and women. How do they get along and don’t get along? does it happen the second time? And the 3 and 4?
“We wanted to have some real thoughts on life and put those words on old music. So we suddenly came up with eight songs and an entire album, and that got me in the mess I’m in right now.”
That glimmer of humor in Tripp’s explanation is the same playful approach he takes to his lyrical writing – not to mention his holistic outlook on life, longevity, and his own mortality. Nowhere on SENIOR SONG BOOK is better illustrated than in the chorus of the album’s first single, “I Just Can’t Remember Your Name”:
I know I should kiss you, but baby there’s a problem. I can’t remember your name.
“I inject humor into everything I can,” says Tripp. “My assessment of life is that there is enough serious stuff, that I no longer need to contribute to trauma. Therefore, if there is anything that will help make people laugh, it will make them laugh. will help live longer. And if you can don’t laugh, you’re doomed! “
Other songs, like “Looking in the Mirror” and “Wonder Woman”, are all similarly based on how older people perceive human relationships, both good and bad. “Looking in the Mirror” frames a person who sees life experiences unfold before their eyes. And at the very end, that person he sees in the mirror is the woman he lost. Tripp calls his words just honest.
“Sometimes it works your way and sometimes it doesn’t,” he says. “But if you want to live healthy and old, you learn to take it both ways.”
Tripp has been around for so long that his life followed the boom in popular music. Born during World War I, he began to shape his musical tastes during the Roaring Twenties as an elementary school student and began to go through puberty during the Great Depression. As a teenager, Tripp thought he would make a career as a songwriter, and at 15, Leavenworth native KS brought some of his compositions to sell at New York’s infamous hit factory, the Brill Building. After knocking on several doors, he quickly discovered that he could use these skills better in the world of advertising.
“I discovered that being a songwriter at that time was not compatible with eating,” he recalls. “You could do either. So I went and wrote a jingle for Kool cigarettes. And I got $ 75. For me, that was all the money in the world. So I went for it. in advertising. “
If, as they say, the music that sticks to you the most is that you hear as a teenager, that would put Tripp’s formative years in the mid-1930s, in the middle of the Big Band Boom.
He’s retired three times but that’s only on paper. As long as his mind remains restless, Alan R. Tripp will never stop working, even at 102 years old. He just can’t. And won’t.
“Retirement is not about being forced by anyone other than yourself to do what you do,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be about the money. If you retire lazily, trust me, you’ll be a redneck. That’s all that’s going to happen to you. I’m now semi-retired. Actually, I just got out of retirement to do this album. I’m also writing another book, which I had to quit to do it. So I’m torn!
List of songs from the SENIOR SONG BOOK
1. I just can’t remember your name
2. Look in the mirror
3. Wonder Woman
4. Because I care about you
5. Best old friends
6. Never too late for love
7. Goodbye, goodbye forever
8. Come on, tell me
9. Look in the mirror (remix)
10. I can’t remember your name (remix)