102 & 88 Year-Old BFFs Record, Release First Album Together | Good Start | NowThisOn February 2, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
My 11-year-old called me up one day and
said, ‘Grandpa! Grandpa! You’ve had 10,000 hits on YouTube.’ on this week’s Good Start. Hi, guys, and welcome to Good Start. I’m Sally Turner. For our story this week, we meet two musicians who have just released an album and showed us that there is no age limit to fulfilling your dreams. And great affection for you, I proclaim Marvin Weisbord and Alan Tripp are a songwriting duo who have just released their album. and you’d never know I’m 102 years old. Marvin was not even 90 yet, but between the two of us we’re like 198 years. The two. Alan had invited a group of—a small group to his apartment to hear the poem on his 99th birthday. So I sat with it for a while and started thinking, I wonder if I could write a song for his 100th birthday based on his poem. I’d never written a song before. At 86, I wrote my first. I had six or seven song lyrics and I suddenly said, well, if he can put that to music, he can do the others. Our relationship is perfect. There’s just one little flaw. Alan had been writing music his whole life. But Marvin only began playing the piano over a decade ago. I decided now is my time. It took me a few years to be a songwriter, but I got there. At a high school dance here in Philadelphia. I stood in the middle of the dance floor with my date and looked over Nat King Cole’s shoulder and he played with his trio. And I said gee, I would like to do that. It took me a lot of years to get to the point where I could play with professional musicians, it’s the greatest joy of my life. After a few writing sessions, Senior Songbook was born. We had 14 different songs that we’d worked on together and that left us with the position where we said it’s a shame to let these things get lost to history, we ought to make an album. After releasing their album online, it took off and People are also downloading it instead of buying the album. I didn’t even know until a few months ago that you could do that over the internet. My 11-year-old called me up one day and said, ‘Grandpa! Grandpa! You’ve had 10,000 hits on YouTube.’ I said, I can’t even understand what it means. You said, ‘You’re viral!’ And I said, ouch. But anytime soon. These days we only perform at Beaumont. We do 20 gigs a year. Ten of them are programs that are planned and rehearsed and 10 of them are program we call Jazz and Cocktails, where I play the piano usually with the bass player and feature one singer and one of the instrumentalists. Alan and Marvin have both discovered that there are no limits We just believed in this and we wanted to do it. We cared about whether people would love it and whether they would feel what we felt. This is the fun I’ve ever had. The whole objective was the product and if you start that sooner rather than later in your life, you’ll be glad you did. Such an inspiring story that truly proves that you’re never too young or too old to live out your dreams. And if you’re in the Philadelphia area, you can always stop for Jazz and Cocktails at the Bryn Mawr Retirement Center to catch a show. So that is it that this week’s show, be sure to like our page and follow us for more positive stories to make your day. Thanks so much for joining us. And we’ll see you back here next week for another Good Start.