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Behind the scenes as singer/songwriter, Baby Boomer Girl, writes & records her latest album.

Leonard Cohen & Cohencidences …

It just goes to show: when you pen the lyrical depths of the soul like no one else can, take a single instrument into the studio and sing your aching soul bare, no matter how many decades old you are, you’re god. Half the country is lined up to worship your album  – and it’s not even released!  That’s a Cohencidence.

Now don’t get a Cohencidence confused with an ordinary synchronicity. It’s much more than that! When Leonard writes, when Leonard sings, and you happen to hear him, that’s a Cohencidence: an incident of note; a precedence with a life-lasting consequence … Already I’ve run out of words, and that’s something for a Gemini!

How Cohencidently my man and I were affected hearing a track from Leonard’s new album, Old Ideas, on National Radio! We’re off to buy it – the physical CD too. We want to turn the jewel case inside out, read every credit and lyric, hold it in our hands … Most of all we want to listen … to bask …

And we want to hear about your Cohencidences … Did you go to the concert? Have you seen the London DVD? Have you recovered yet? – (since a Cohencidence is something one usually doesn’t recover from – one’s soul is left threadbare in places) … What are your most Cohencidental tracks? Any chance Baby Boomer Girl could get a spot at his next show, ya’ reckon? (since she almost qualifies, decade-wise 🙂

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Baby Boomer Girl – a Boomer of a Band!

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A triumphant Baby Boomer Girl, the band, rocked Wellington fans at their launch,  Saturday 12th June, delivering an energetic set of pithy & humorous original material to a boomer audience. From crowd-shouter, Black – (Gothic metal topped with a black wig) –  to ‘play it again’ Baby Boomer Girl signature song, the audience was right there relating to both groove and lyrics. General feedback: Great songs!

The programme opened with a close sound in the first set by Baby Boomer Girl duo, Bernard Wells & Radha Sahar. And yes, the audience feedback  confirmed “there were tears in our eyes” during DNA,  senses touched by Roll On and Captured, and knowing laughter during I Won’t Forget You and Wardrobe Full of Shoes. Thanks to engineer David Antony Clark’s skill on the desk, we enjoyed a resounding  “we could hear every word!”

During break people sipped mid-winter wine & punch and stocked up on Baby Boomer Girl tee shirts, singles and a memoir Live EP of the duo. Then a hushed audience adjusted their trilbys as the band juxtapositioned Radha’s ‘mother’s apron’ look with the rebellious Not Gonna be Invisible lyric, to a driving rock pace.

Evan Williams, an excellent drummer, and Matt Parlane on a mean bass, are known for their talent in bands such as  Pearl, the JediNites and the Cattlestops. Bernard Wells is a well known and much loved multi-instrumentalist in acoustic bands such as Chilli Jam, Ballyscully, Dargaville and his duo with Peter Daly. In his move to electric guitar in Baby Boomer Girl Wells gets a great  sound in tasteful licks and raunchy rock lead breaks. Together with Radha’s strong vocal sound and energetic rhythm guitar, the band earned an enthusiastic ‘Cool!‘  from boomers, teens & twenties alike.

Look out for the Baby Boomer Girl band and duo.  Be there – introduce yourself – we’d love to meet you!

From left: Bernard Wells, electric guitar, Evan Williams, drums, Radha Sahar, acoustic guitar, Matt Parlane, bass.

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Ta da!!! Anouncing the Baby Boomer Girl Band!

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Baby Boomer Girl
is expanding,  ( “… hopefully not around the hips”), gathering a gorgeous bevy of talented musicians around her to fatten up the sound. Introducing  Baby Boomer Girl, the band …

From Left, Bernard Wells, electric guitar, Radha Sahar, acoustic guitar, Evan Williams, drums, and Matt Parlane, bass,  set to launch the band on Saturday 12th June.

All their material is new, written by Radha, who has previously won several international awards for her music. Many of the songs have a theatrical flavour and wacky humour.

Core band members, Radha Sahar, alias the notorious Baby Boomer Girl herself, and Bernard Wells, are already delighting audiences in ever expanding circles, starting at the Masterton Club in the Wairarapa. Baby Boomer Girl also recently had a hoot of a time strutting her stuff at the infamous Musicians Club in Whanganui.

The songs, touching both heart & funny bone, are likely to sweep you off your rocker – (especially those with rocking chairs)  –  so mark your diary for

Sat 12th June, 7.30pm
Pukerua Bay School Hall
Rawhiti Road, Pukerua Bay
$15 at the door

Baby Boomer Girl & the crew look forward to meeting you there.
Since it is mid winter, you may wish to bring a small throw of some kind to warm up your chair … Tee shirts and EPs will be available to purchase on the night, and there’ll be a comp glass of wine waiting for you to warm you up.

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Free Food

Free Food ImageThanks for your feedback on Have a Body Like an Avatar Alien … Evidently all the food on planet Pandora is Plant-Based and free! That got me thinking … Life is for living. Love is for giving, stirring us into acts of humanity, like donating food to the poor and eating less so others can have more. This magnanimous gesture will help you attain your Avatar body faster too! The Na’vi want me to write a ‘Free Food’ song  …

Free Food
When we were kids, food was free all day
Didn’t know mama and daddy had to pay
We just filled our plates and ate away

Free food, let it be, dude, free food!
Free food, let it be, dude, free food!
Free food, let it be. Hey Jude!
May you and all have free food!

Now its
Meat free, egg free, dairy free out there
Gluten free and sugar free everywhere
We’re sussed. It surely must be we can share

Free food, let it be, dude, free food …
For Africa, for Timor and Bengal
For war zones & for poor homes. Why do we stall?
We’ve grown enough for years to feed them all

So …
Free food, let it be, dude, free food!
Free food, let it be, dude, free food!
Free food, let it be. Hey Jude!
May you and all have free food!

Free Food – download the lyrics

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Growing Younger

Growing Young imageIt feels so great when people you haven’t seen for a while greet you with,  “You look ten years younger!”  It’s been happening so much to me lately, I decided I actually am growing younger – which deserves to be sung about!

What are your thoughts about it? Do you think it’s possible, or am I deluding myself? Have you experienced growing younger? If so, we’d all like to read your comments! To get the discussion going, here’s a song …  I’ve still to record it, but there’s plenty of time –  I’ll still be singing it fifty years from now 🙂

Growing Young With You
© 2009 Radha Sahar

As the sun is setting, we talk about growing old
How people go quiet, they slow down
And set into a mould
But we are far from setting, our love is fresh & new
It’s summer. We have come in from the cold

I’m growing young with you – how wonderful!
No need to go the old way we’re expected to
I’m feeling young with you, so beautiful!
I’ll dance with you until our song is sung
I’ll still be young with you

Vast spaces open out in me, deeper every day
My body’s growing taller instead of shrinking away
A flood of life expanding. No winter dark or grey
The power of love reversing time a way

Every day is born anew, clear and sparkling bright
And every star in the sky shines for us tonight
Thankfulness has got me. This only came to be
Coz you are into being young with me

I’m growing young with you – how wonderful!
No need to go the old way we’re expected to
I feel so young with you and you’re so beautiful!
I’ll love you till our children’s children grow
And have children of their own
I’ll still be young with you

Until we turn at least a hundred and ten
And the cycle starts again
I’ll still be young with you

Growing Young with You – PDF

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Missing Someone Right Now? – then Here’s the Song …

Missing You ImageThinking, in times when families gather together, how hard it is when someone you love dearly can’t be with you.

I wrote this song feeling the tender stuff you feel when missing your lover.  The next week I found myself singing it over the phone in heart-aching tones to my daughter & grand daughter five months into living across the other side of the world in Berlin –  the feelings were just the same.  So here’s a song for you if you’re missing someone … Feel free to send the words to them –  Missing You Lyric – May you be re-united soon!

Missing You
© Radha Sahar 2009

Don’t understand it.
Dunno what’s goin’ on
There’s a gap as wide as a football field
When you are gone

Such a deep down longing
Night and day
I eat chocolate cake
But it don’t seem to take
The hunger away

You’re my soothing syrup
You’re my healing balm
You’re my rib bone, baby
My 23rd psalm
You’re my heavenly twin
Wish I was kissin’ you
There’s an hour in every minute
I am missing you

Can’t explain it – there’s no tears. I’m not in pain
It’s just the natural thing to do, to hang out with you
Now that you’re in my veins

I lie awake well after one
And when daylight finally comes
I keep busy and yet
I never seem to get anything done
You’re my soothing syrup …

Never found I could count on love
As much as this
Sweet everyday, kinda work and play
Togetherness
You fill my being
Like the morning sun
Can’t help smilin’ babe
I tell the whole parade
That we are one

You’re my soothing syrup
You’re my healing balm
You’re my rib bone, baby
My 23rd psalm
You’re my heavenly twin
Wish I was kissin’ you
There’s an hour in every minute
I am missing you

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Baby Boomer Girl Single is Out!

Baby Boomer Girl - the Single.


One single track with enough  fun energy to send you to the moon …

To listen or purchase go to the Get the Music page (top menu bar), where you can download the song and make a donation directly to the artist via Paypal.

I wrote Baby Boomer Girl around my 60th birthday;  my life story, and many boomers’ life stories, are reflected in it. So it’s a great gift for anyone with attitude,  a 60th birthday, anyone celebrating life as a baby boomer …

Want the lyrics too? Click to download free – Baby Boomer Girl
Visit the Song List page for more lyric sheets ...

I hope you have hours of fun dancing to the single – (will prevent tummy-spread – but DO spread the joy!

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Free Anti-Wrinkle Treatment

Gravity

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It’s time to ‘bah-humbug’ the traditional idea of aging.  The ultimate anti-wrinkle treatment is free!!!! With only a song-line knowledge of physics there’ll be no more ‘down hill’ for you – just the upward spiral.  You won’t care a hoot about those increasing creases.  After all, who needs creams and potions when you can laugh in the face of gravity?

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Gravity
© Radha Sahar, February 2009

Good old Newton had a flash
Evolved the idea, gave it a bash
Wrote it on paper for all to see
And now we have the theory of gravity
What was firm is not so sound
What stayed up must come down
Look at great grandma and you will see
The long term effect of gravity

Gravity, gravity – It’s all happening to you & me
Everything’s falling down, you see, my fair lady!

What was tight is growing slack
Y’ want your youthful figure back
Hormones, botox and breast reduction
Face lift, tummy lift, liposuction
Work – meanwhile y’ can’t go wrong
Uplifting the lot in dance and song!
Forget the lines and sing with me
We’ll laugh in the face of gravity

Gravity, gravity – It’s all happening to you & me
Even your gynecology, my fair lady!

Now Newton’s in a grave situation
Physicists across the nation say
Our subatomic essence is totally free
Beyond the pull of gravity!

Quantum physics says that face
Consists of little – mainly space
Celebrate! It could be worse
Your essence is the universe!
So why not entertain this truth
And drink from the quantum fountain of youth?
Dance and sing triumphantly
And laugh in the face of gravity!

Gravity, gravity – don’t mean nothin’ essentially
Laugh and sing triumphantly, my fair lady!

Free Download: Gravity

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Empty Nest Blues

AFewLyricsReminiscing about when your babies flew the coop? Or are you in that empty nest right now?  You’re filling the gap with work? Keeping in touch, and in love?  Then take heart;  the broody moodiness can disappear in a fluffy puff of happiness – especially if you  know the right song to sing! Well here it is – I wrote it especially to help you through – or, if you’re already in your new stage, to bring back tender memories.   It’s called the …


Empty Nest Blues
© Radha Sahar, 2009

Seven thousand and seventy days …
( … and this is home for you – always)
You’ve flown the coop! I know you’re over the moon
You breeze on down the open road
My heart was glued to you y’ know
And now it’s come unstuck…hope I see y’ soon

Who’ s got the empty nest blues?
Emptyness blues
My chickadee! You’re gone! What will I do?
It’s all so quiet! So much space!
My heart is spillin’ all over the place
Confess I got the empty nest blues

I’ll get used to it, I guess
I miss the familiar noise and mess
I fluff the cushions, hoover, dust and clean
I’ve got big plans – lots to do
But all I think about is you
I’m a sentimental chook – y’ know what I mean

“This chicken’s crossing the road!” you laughed
As my heart quietly broke in half
I miss the chaos, but I tell ya I miss you more
Strange I’m smilin’ – don’t ask me why
I’m proud you’re ready.  I know you’ll fly!
I blessed you as I finally closed the door

Who’ s got the empty nest blues?
Emptiness blues
My chickadee! You’ve gone! What will I do?
Now don’t you worry – I’m not on the shelf
Got a brand new mission to find myself
You’re smilin’ and encouraging me to
Say goodbye to the empty nest blues!

Free Download – Empty Nest Blues_Lyrics

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Boomer Music Industry

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Was browsing an American Baby Boomer site – Aging Hipsters – and came across a link to an interesting article by Jeff Leeds  in the New York Times – titled Rock of Ages.  Scrolling through, I picked out the stuff on music industry trends – you might be interested ..

“The graying of the music market crept up on America. Even during the ascent of Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys in the late 1990s, when teen sensations were getting all the attention, consumers 45 and older were the industry’s biggest market, according to survey data compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America. The gap has only widened since then. Last year fans 45 and older accounted for 25.5 percent of sales, while older teenagers (a group more prone to music piracy) represented less than 12 percent. So it’s little wonder that Rod Stewart’s raspy remakes of pop standards emerged as a franchise, or that Bob Dylan in September captured the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart for the first time in 30 years.

The trick is that conventional marketing techniques don’t always work with this group (if they work with anyone anymore). Older listeners don’t have much interest in traditional commercial radio, which targets children and young adults, as do TV channels like VH1 and MTV. And they don’t spend much time in traditional record stores.  [ … ]

But perhaps the most surprising results have been online, where the over-50 set accounted for almost 24 percent of the industry’s Internet sales, according to NPD Group, a market-research company.

While these consumers didn’t grow up with the Internet, they have grown comfortable with using it, at least to order CDs if not download music in digital form. All of that helps account for why Amazon.com’s recent Top 10 included Mr. Bennett’s hit “Duets: An American Classic” CD, the new collaboration from J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton, and holiday albums from James Taylor and Bette Midler, while over at iTunes, the best sellers were rap hits from the Game, Akon and the pop-punk band Plus-44.”

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