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The inspirational story behind "The Senior Song Book"

At age 99, Alan Tripp wrote a poem called "Best Old Friends" to celebrate the many new friends he made at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, the Pennsylvania retirement community where he lives. As a gift for Alan's 100th birthday, his younger friend and neighbor, 89-year-old Marvin Weisbord, set the poem to music. That was the spark that launched this dynamic songwriting duo, and inspired a whole community to sing, dance and perform along with them.

Alan had long lamented that there was no new music being written for seniors, and he vowed to fill that void. He wrote many more lyrics, imagining how they would sound as show tunes and pop songs - from swing and tango to rumba and rock 'n roll. Marvin, an accomplished jazz pianist, set the words to music and with his band, the Wynlyn Jazz Ensemble, performed the songs live for their enthusiastic neighbors, and fine-tuned each number to the "swing of the crowd."

At age 102 Alan decided to take the now substantial collection of songs into the recording studio and produce an album. The result is the Senior Song Book - music that will transport you back to the 1940s, with lyrics written with the wisdom of age in the 2020s.

Visit www.SeniorSongBook.com for news about the latest music form this remarkable songwriting duo and release dates for their next album.

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January 14, 2020
Oldest Songwriting Team in Pop History is 2020's Newest International Media Sensation

CBS Evening News, Kelly Clarkson Show, Access Hollywood Applaud 102-Year-Old Lyricist and 88-Year-Old 'Junior Partner' for Inspiring a Legion of Older Fans: It's Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams

"It's so inspirational and so cool. It's a hit, y'all. I'm a big fan. This is the sweetest thing ever. I cannot stop crying. It's so beautiful. You're never too old to accomplish what you want to do." - Kelly Clarkson, to her talk show viewing audience

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 14, 2020) - Proving it's never too late to follow your dreams, Alan R. Tripp, 102, and Marvin Weisbord, 88, have fast become media darlings as co-creators of 2020's surprise hit album release SENIOR SONG BOOK - their first such effort, and a combined 190 years in the making.

Together, Tripp and Weisbord are inspiring generations of new fans around the globe through their sudden international celebrity as the oldest professional songwriting team in pop music history, while sales of the new album continue to spike as buzz of their invigorating accomplishment spreads.

Since the new year began, Tripp and Weisbord already have been featured on the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Access Hollywood, and Access Daily. Those appearances follow year-end coverage from NPR All Things Considered, The Washington Post, People Magazine, CNN, CNBC, CTV, The Week, and so much more.

Singing superstar Clarkson was moved to tears while she spoke to Tripp and Weisbord as guests last week on her TV show, endorsing their project in the process.

"It's so inspirational and so cool," Clarkson declared. "It's a hit, y'all."

The rapid success and attention Tripp and Weisbord have experienced just since the album's holiday season release is "more than we ever dreamed of," Tripp told the co-hosts of Access Daily during a guest appearance last week. "We did it because we love the music, and the fact that people are buying and downloading our music is a wonderful surprise."

These two elder statesmen have managed to capture in song the acumen and insight they've derived from their long, full lives. With SENIOR SONG BOOK, seniors who began coming of age with "the greatest generation" and lived through the dawn of rock 'n' roll no longer need to feel displaced and relegated to their old recordings. The eight-song collection, written expressly for seniors, by seniors, moves easily from swing to tango to rumba and beyond with big band style orchestration, brimming with music that will transport listeners back to the 1940s, with lyrics from a 2020s perspective.

"We found a secret," says Tripp. "If you write music in the old style of the 1940s, the big bands, people love it. Not just older people, but also younger people. The lyrics are packed with reflections on living, on love, on loss, and we put those words to the old music. So we suddenly came up with eight songs and a whole album, and that got me in this trouble I'm in right now."

Nowhere on SENIOR SONG BOOK is that better exemplified than in the chorus of the album's hands-down favorite, "I Just Can't Remember Your Name":

I know I ought to kiss you, but baby there's an issue. I just can't remember your name.

The buzz is starting to prompt coast-to-coast discussion about offshoot possibilities for SENIOR SONG BOOK, from a cabaret show to an inspirational TV show geared to seniors - and of course, the 2nd follow-up album.

That twinkle of humor in Tripp's eyes carries to his overall views on life, longevity, and his own mortality. He says he has a message for seniors: "If you make excuses for being old, then you are too old. The most important thing in staying alive is to want to do something."

Tripp only talks of retirement with forward motion, frequently espousing that one should never retire from something, only to something.

"I've already written the lyrics for the second album," he offers. "It has a lot to do with staying alive and I want to share my secret, and teach people how they can do that."

SENIOR SONG BOOK is available through CDBaby.com, Amazon and all major digital destinations, as well as www.SeniorSongBook.com.

November 13, 2019
SENIOR SONG BOOK: OLDEST PROFESSIONAL SONGWRITING TEAM IN MUSIC HISTORY FILLS VOID FOR FORGOTTEN GENERATION WITH 'MUSIC LIKE THE 1940s, WORDS FOR THE 2020s'

102-Year-Old Lyricist Partners with 88-Year-Old Jazz Pianist for 8 New Originals Written Explicitly for Seniors, by Seniors, to be Released Nov. 15

"I know I ought to kiss you, but baby there's an issue. I just can't remember your name." - from the song, "I Just Can't Remember Your Name."

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 13, 2019) - From Elton John & Bernie Taupin and Carole King & Gerry Goffin to Burt Bacharach & Hal David and Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, popular music's greatest songwriting teams have produced music that spans the generations.

But no songwriting team currently working today bridges as many generations as Alan R. Tripp and Marvin Weisbord, creators of SENIOR SONG BOOK, due for release Nov. 15, 2019. They are, arguably, the oldest professional songwriting team in pop music history.

With Tripp, the luxuriant lyricist who once wrote with the great Alan Bergman, clocking in at 102, and his "junior" songwriting partner, melody maker Weisbord, an equally robust 88, this dedicated duo has celebrated enough birthdays to traverse nearly two centuries.

And they're just getting warmed up.

That's a load of life experience, and with it comes the wisdom shining through in this new eight-song collection written expressly for seniors, by seniors. Moving easily from swing to tango to rumba and beyond with big band style orchestration, SENIOR SONG BOOK is brimming with music that will transport listeners back to the 1940s, with lyrics from a 2020s perspective.

Thanks to the fertile and restless minds of these two elder statesmen and the acumen and insight they've derived from their long, full lives, seniors who began coming of age with "the greatest generation" through the dawn of rock 'n' roll will no longer feel displaced and relegated to their old recordings.

Tripp, a thrice retired advertising executive, inventor and author as well, has long lamented the dearth of new music being written for seniors. As the pilot of SENIOR SONG BOOK, he has emphatically made good on his vow to fill that void.

"We found a secret," says Tripp. "If you write music in the old style of the 1940s, the big bands, people love it. Not just older people, but younger people. But the words must not try to compete with the old times. They were too saccharine, too sweet. They weren't the reality you get when you become older - and I'm a little older. But now in this reality of looking back at life, we could sing new words with new ideas based upon our viewpoint of what makes life good. The question of what happens between men and women. How do they get along, and not get along? What happens the second time around? How about the 3rd and 4th?

"We wanted to have some real reflections on living and put those words to the old music. So we suddenly came up with eight songs and a whole album, and that got me in this trouble I'm in right now."

That twinkle of humor in Tripp's explanation is the same mischievous approach he takes to his lyric writing - not to mention his overall views on life, longevity, and his own mortality. Nowhere on SENIOR SONG BOOK is that better exemplified than in the chorus of the album's first single, "I Just Can't Remember Your Name":

I know I ought to kiss you, but baby there's an issue. I just can't remember your name.

"I interject humor into everything I can," says Tripp. "My assessment of life is that it has enough things that are serious, that I don't need to contribute any more trauma. Therefore, if there's something that will help make people laugh, it will help them live longer. And if you can't laugh, you're doomed!"

Other songs, like "Looking in the Mirror" and "Wonder Woman," are all similarly based on how older people view the human relationship, as both good and bad. "Looking in the Mirror" frames a person seeing life experiences pass before his eyes. And at the very end, that person he sees in the mirror is the woman he lost. Tripp calls his lyrics simply honest.

"Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn't," he says. "But if you want to live to be healthy and old, you learn to take it both ways."

Tripp has been around so long that his life has paralleled the rise of popular music. Born during World War I, he began to form his musical tastes during the Roaring 20s as an elementary school student, and just started going through puberty during the Great Depression. As a teenager, Tripp thought he was going to make a career as a songwriter, and at 15, the Leavenworth, KS, native brought some of his compositions to sell at New York City's infamous hit factory, the Brill Building. After knocking on several doors, he quickly discovered he could better utilize those skills in the advertising world.

"I found out that being a songwriter at that point was not compatible with eating," he recalls. "You could do one or the other. So I went and wrote a jingle for Kool cigarettes. And I got $75. To me, it was all the money in the world. So I went into advertising."

If, as they say, the music that sticks with you the most is the stuff one hears as a teen, that would put Tripp's formative years right in the mid-1930s, amid 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. He just can't. And won't.

"Retirement is not being compelled by anybody but yourself to do what you do," he says. "It doesn't need to be about money. If you retire to slothfulness, believe me you'll be a slob. That's all that will happen to you. I'm semi-retired now. I actually just came back out of retirement to do this album. I'm also writing another book, which I had to stop in order to do this. So, I'm torn!"

SENIOR SONG BOOK will be available through CDBaby.com, Amazon and all major digital destinations, as well as www.SeniorSongBook.com.

SENIOR SONG BOOK Track Listing
1. I Just Can't Remember Your Name
2. Looking in the Mirror
3. Wonder Woman
4. Because I Care for You
5. Best Old Friends
6. Never Too Late for Love
7. Goodbye, Goodbye Forever
8. Come On, Tell Me
9. Looking in the Mirror (remix)
10. I Just Can't Remember Your Name (remix)

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