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Songline Running

BBG_YES_webYou’re a creative type? Love the buzz of that busy mind bursting forth new ideas? Of course! There’s only one little hiccup; a bug in the cranial software. It’s called ‘conscience’.

This little pest insists on telling you you should be exercising (just when you thought you’d mastered the fabulously healthy skill of dismissing all ‘shoulds’).  It gnaws at you with the ‘exercise’ message, ensuring you faintly recall a virtuous feeling you had when you did some years ago. But a huge groan keeps pace with conscience, fuelling an ongoing battle for songwriters like me, who are notorious for not exercising anything other than the mind. Until now.

Today,  a new sport, Songline Running, invented itself. And it’s not the regular sport of running with headphones on.  It goes like this:

You take up Songline Running, (having a name for something always helps).  In your first session, totally new, (and, you tell yourself, ‘vastly better’), songlines run through your mind as you run – (and, you tell yourself, this is the only way they come in at this level). Even miniature runs yield this quality of creative occurrences.  I call my miniature runs ‘shuffles’ …

Then follows the best bit. You treat yourself with the well deserved REWARD – (you might need to picture the reward before you begin, to get you out the door in the first place). And the reward is? Vastly better songlines of course, (or poetry if you’re a poet, novel ideas if you’re a novelist, and so on). You get to slam all that breakthrough, higher level brilliance into your songwriting software the moment you get home. Athletes call this a ‘warm down’ – you see them stretching in all sorts of gangly poses after the run. But for we ‘arteests’ the best ‘warm down’ is to ‘get it down’ … I’ve just completed my first Songline Run and I couldn’t wait to tell you!  I’m FULL of world-shattering new ideas.

Next time I post a song, you’ll be so impressed you’ll immediately take up the sport yourself, (that is, unless you’re already impressed with this triumphant little article, in which case, you’ll take up the sport now). OK. I’ve warmed down getting this all down. And I’ve popped those gorgeous new lines into my songwriting software, which I reckon is thanking me. Now it’s time for brekkies.

Have I convinced you? Then please let me know how you go!

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Why Trendy People Wear Black

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The reason is clear in Baby Boomer Girl’s latest Gothic-rock number – (yes, the pic is me in costume, about to grab my guitar and rage it out with the band).  Black lyrics, below, touch the essence of the black trend.

And you? You just bought a classy new frock, trou, jacket, shirt or boots? Something you know you’re going to look and feel good in? I bet that something is black …

Unless you follow the dictate that white, pastels or specific hues are the only colours ‘spiritual’ people wear, you’re likely to be one of the trendy people who wear black. Black has so much status, and has maintained that status over so many years, it can’t be ousted no matter how much marketers try and hoist their latest fad up onto the pedestal declaring desperately ‘(Such-&-such) is the new black‘. It just never is!

This is such a serious topic I hope you’ll have your say.  Do you ‘wear the uniform?’ Being such a hot, sweaty colour, is black cool? What percentage of your wardrobe is black? Do you think Baby Boomer Girl looks good in a black wig? Readers look forward to your comments on the social phenomenon that is Black …

Black

© Radha Sahar 2010

Black as jet, black as night
Colour’s wrong, black is right
Black magic at witching hour
Black has balls. Black has power
Gothic girl, Dracula drools
Vampire black, very cool
A Mahler Symphony, a bouncer, a waiter
Not in black? Then see ya later

We buck the system, refuse to conform
But we choose to wear the uniform
A sea of people on the street
Black from their heads
To their burdened urban feet

Black – gives strength to your hair
Black – makes your stomach disappear
Black –  you look thin as a twig!
Black – makes your eyes look big
Black – makes you graduate prouder
Black –  makes your stereo louder
Black – it’s bold and testy
Black – makes your underwear sexy! Black

I bet ya you have never seen
Johnny Cash or Iggy Pop in pink or green
Black leather boots. Black spinning vinyl
Black undertaker – Black is final
Top to toe in formals and burkas
Artists, designers and office workers
Wear that black – it’s a guarantee
That you’ll be taken seriously

Black – makes your limo longer
Black – singlets make you stronger
Black – makes your hard drive harder
Black – prunes make you regular
Black –  makes your tyres turn quicker
Black – makes your Guinness thicker
Black – makes your banker grin, and
Black – makes the All Blacks win!
Black!   Beautiful black!  Glorious black!
Victorious black!

Download the Lyric-Sheet,  Black

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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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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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Baby Boomer Girl (the song)

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At last my single and signature song, Baby Boomer Girl, is out on the Won’t Sit Down label. You’ll be able to hear it on my MySpace page soon, and on YouTube when the video is done. You can now purchase it from most MP3 download sites – (iTunes, Amazon, eMusic etc) – get your dancing shoes on …

This is my signature song, sharing my life story: that is also the life story of many baby boomer women. Here are the lyrics – plus you can download them, below, if you’d like to print them out …
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Baby Boomer Girl
© Radha Sahar Feb. 2009

Sixty years ago, burst into the world
Grew to be a sweet, compliant little girl
Seventeen years fitting in well, then
Woodstock shook me – had to rebel

Chorus
I say “No! I won’t sit down!
I say “Go to the edge of the world”
I say “No!” I go Boom! Boom! Boom!
I’m a baby boomer girl

Beardos, wierdos, chemical highs, then
Motherhood tamed me. Years flew by
Where did they go? Hello Gran! – Yes
A little bit’a mutton, but a whole lotta lamb!

Chorus

Women are mature, girls have fun
Women sit & walk, girls strut & run
Women analyse, girls laugh & play
I was a feminist so I can be a girl today

I’m a boom, I’m a chick. I’m a chicka chicka boom
I’m a boom, I’m a chick. I’m a boom boom      x3
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

Gonna Boom! Boom! Boom! on the radio
Take the world by storm on video
Gonna rage in a rock band, misbehave
Gonna dance to my coffin and sing in my grave!

I say “No! I won’t sit down!
I say “Go to the edge of the world”
I say “No!” I go Boom! Boom! Boom!
I’m a baby boomer girl
I’m a Boom! Boom! Boomer Girl!

Free Download – Baby Boomer Girl Lyrics

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