There’s no shortage of new songs that speak to teenagers and young adults. But how is the music industry catering to elderly listeners?
Sure, we can find plenty of timeless classics from the pre-rock era, but seniors deserve the pleasure of fresh music just as much as everyone else. That’s where one of the world’s oldest professional songwriting teams comes in!
Jazz pianist Marvin Weisbord and lyricist Alan Tripp recently teamed up to release “Senior Song Book,” a collection of songs written by seniors — for seniors.
Alan lived through the Great Depression and had a full career writing music for advertisements and popular songs. But the 102-year-old gladly came out of retirement to co-create the album!
He set his lyrics to a big band tune (think jazz and swing) with a focus on current attitudes and events. The best way to describe it is “music that will transport you back to the 1940s with lyrics written in the 2020s.”
Marvin, who is 88 years old, takes Alan’s words and makes them come alive with the help of his band, the Wynlyn Jazz Ensemble.
Together, these two have created some masterful and hilarious pieces! Looking back on their lives for inspiration has led them to some delightful hits like “I Just Can’t Remember Your Name.”
The best line? “I know I ought to kiss you, but, baby, there’s an issue: I just can’t remember your name.”
What a fantastic way to include everyone in the power of music! This collection is sure to become a favorite for all of us, regardless of how old we are. If you’re interested in hearing more, check out samples from the album here.
Watch the video below to learn more about the creation of “Senior Song Book,” and share to spread the word.
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