Songs for Seniors developed after two ladies of a certain age became ticked off following an exercise class featuring Rock & Roll music. Bemoaning the lack of good songs for seniors, they tapped into a wealth of talent among friends and family, assembled male and female musicians, a lyricist, and created these 15 fun songs. From “Clutter," which you don’t have to be a senior to love, to “I've Got a Plan,” with rich baritone vocals about a retiree scheming about getting out of housework, each track is heartwarming, with music set to Tangos, Waltzes, and even one Bump & Grind!
Pat Holmberg, who teaches piano and has a beautiful voice, teamed up with her best pal, Maria Rogers, the lyricist, to create the music here. Bringing together a bushel of local talent, it was quite a feat to write, arrange, rehearse, and record these songs.
Maria Rogers wrote the songs and Pat Holmberg sang “Fashions.” Their friend and retired piano teacher, Sue Peterson, sang several other songs, while Maria's daughter, Laura Rogers, sang the poignant lyrics on “Grandma.” Male vocals were performed by Sue Peterson’s husband, Courtland Peterson, retired Dean of the University of Colorado Law School. The expert instrumentalists included Roger Topliff, retired local woodwind teacher, Jon Ericson on trombone, and Dick Weissman playing guitar and banjo. Handling the rhythm section were two retired professors from the College of Music at Colorado University, John Galm, drums, former percussion instructor, and Charles Eakin, bass, who had been a composition teacher.
Songs for Seniors expresses simple truths with a wry sense of humor rarely found in the music industry, and we hope our clients will snap them up for their films and ad campaigns!
A charming and nostalgic song set to a waltz. An older man basically is singing a love song to a favorite chair, as the title implies. Watching football, sinking into his favorite chair, or after an illness or a long tiring trip, there's no better cure than to relax in his favorite chair. Lovely, Male Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
Retirees sing a slow ballad about the joys of being free from jobs and child-raising to go south for the winter to warmer climates. Unchained Snowbirds migrating to the sun, time for some fun! A song to sing along with in celebration of this annual occurence among seniors. Mixed Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
A beautiful, poignant ballad sung by a middle-aged woman to her elderly Mother, speaking of gratitude for what her Mother had done for her and letting her know that she will stay near and be there to help her in her time of need. Tender and loving, expressive thoughts of a child of any age. Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Ballad
A catchy country ballad with a male vocal about drivin' in your RV home. He describes places around mostly the western United States. The easy tempo just fits right in with an RV rolling down the road, seeing things and places. It makes you want to hum or sing along. Male Vocals, Country, Country Pop
A waltz in 3/4 time. Reminisces about past times and places in life's memory: Playing hopscotch, hide and seek, birthday parties, family meals. Fun times from our youth often take a dominant place, obscuring more recent short-term memories. Nothing wrong with this in the scheme of aging, but still, Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
A cute song sung by a darling granddaughter to her grandmother, begging for her to read her a book. "Grandma, here's your glasses, won't you read to me now?" Rousing piano, rousing female vocals! Educational, after school, cartoons, toy embeds. Or a Grandmother reflecting on the past... Female Vocals, Dramatic, Broadway
Aches and pains are all tied up with changes in the weather, and certainly not because of aging! With a nice easy swing, this song touches on physical frailties in a hopeful manner. Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
In the style of a high school "fight song", this speaks to the freedom that comes with retirement. Imagine a peppy marching band, trombone, drums, the works -- being led by a group of boistrous seniors celebrating their unrestricted, unrestrained freedoms now that they are retired and free free free, Mixed Vocals, Dramatic, Broadway
These hip Senior Citizens celebrate their status as the The Cruisin' Crowd' - Call your travel agent, enjoy those Golden Years! New Orleans-style swing band backs up these enthusiastic singers. Sleeping late, having fun, enjoying the freedom of retirement and the carefree life. Where do we sign up, Mixed Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
A lovely female vocal in 3/4 time, singing a lilting melody of love and devotion to her little kitten. Her pet fills her world with love, and she adores the sound of her purr. Four verses about the joy of having a kitten, since pets often play an important and loving role in the lives of seniors. Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
"Dinner" tells of a dinner party in which some guests have different diet restrictions. Pretty real and pretty hilarious! Freddie can't eat dairy goods... Sally is off of desserts now.... No cheese in the casserole... It goes on and on with food issues. Mixed Vocals, Pop, Pop Music
Touching nostalgia in this medium tempo waltz with a grandfather going through family photos with a grandchild he loves dearly. Beautiful duet, with a sweet touch at the end! Fond family memories. This song was the favorite of Maria Rogers, lyricist for Songs for Seniors. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Folk Oldies
A fun, bumpin' swing band tune -- a very determined retired male sings about devising a plan to sabotage his wife's efforts to get him to do a lot of housework. Doing dishes and sorting laundry are NOT in his plan! But can he fool his mate, will she fall for it? Every man can relate too! Male Vocals, Blues, Country Blues
Fashions is a fun romp set to a Tango. A vibrant, hip theatrical chick rages against bikinis & mini skirts, & longs for fashions that would make "age all the rage" for anyone with graying hair and a few wrinkles. "Golden Girls," "Fashion over 50," Chico's or "Sex In The City Turns 60." Female Vocals, Jazz, Cabaret
Clothes out of place! Too many catalogues in the mail! Old broken dish! Sample shampoo! Clutter is zany, upbeat and fun -- filled with scorn, all set to a snazzy Latin beat. All about the clutter in one's house that's hard to get rid of. You don't have to be a Senior to relate to this tune. Female Vocals, Childrens, Childrens English