New love renews … and when you’re, well, ‘old’ the effect can be devastating. Apart from a visible glow, congruence is nowhere to be seen: old farts start acting like teenagers. And if they write or perform for a living, it’s embarrassingly apparent they’d wanted to be rock stars, weren’t, and now they strut far too many wrinkle lines across the stage completely unaware of the effect. That’s what love can do …
Baby Boomer Girl is such a character; fell in love age 60 and, well, that was the beginning of it. The band got off to a great start performing her songs, she on guitar & vocals, Bernard Wells, electric guitar, Matt Parlane, bass and Evan Williams, drums. The merchandise was sorted too, viz. the Tee. Apart from love, what made this woman think she could put a smile on people’s faces? And why, when she was an early feminist, does she call herself a girl?
BBG – “I explain the ‘girl’ in my title song, (the single). The past was great, but I don’t want to live in memory lane. My songs are what’s happening now – the best time in my life. Record companies are feeding baby boomers’ huge doses of nostalgia – (back catalogue is easy profit, no investment). Un-Fiscal fools like me invest in my dreams.”
Q – What genre of music do you write?
BBG – “Whatever the lyric dictates – rock, comic, slow rock, jazz … anything ‘youth-angst’ free 🙂 – from rebellious & energetic to laid back & reflective.
Q. So the single’s out … you’re planning an album?
BBG. “The single introduces Baby Boomer Girl as a character, telling her story – which is also the life story of many baby boomer women. And yes, I’m recording an album at the moment, at Steve Poulton’s studio. I’m taking my time, so it will probably be released in the 1st quarter of 2019.”
Q. Will it be on line?
BBG – “Online is a breeze via our American aggregator, (we’ve over 80 albums online already, so the process is second nature). Physical product is more challenging nowadays. I’m setting up In Your Hands Media, think-tanking some novel ideas. I hope my generation will get behind me. Boomers grew up paying for music, so hopefully they’ll continue the habit and load up their online trolleys, and their hands, with mine.”
Q. Are you currently performing?
BBG – “Yes, with a new band, Magic & Mischief – Kevin Watson on guitar, Simon Burgess, double bass, me, and sometimes other musos, depending on the gig. I’m enjoying singing jazz too nowadays. So let’s see where that goes.”