A baby boomer troubadour travels the world with his 6-string guitar

 
At BoomerCafé we get a lot of submissions that never go up on the site. Some aren’t about baby boomers, some aren’t relevant to active lifestyles, and some are just … well … not very good. We can’t say that though about a piece Billy Mitchell just sent us; he’s the creator of BoomerTunesConcerts.com and it’s a song. It’s about boomers, it’s relevant to who we are, and it’s good! So we asked Billy to tell us a little more: why does he do songs about our generation?

Music has always been a big part of my life. Dad sang in the USO in WWII with Perry Como, so I grew up on his music, but found mine through a transistor radio and Murray the K.

Singer/Songwriter Billy Mitchell

Went to sock hops, learned the bop, had a college band, went to Woodstock, got in the ad business, did branding, wrote ads, produced and wrote jingles. Go figure.

But I learned the power, community, and joy of music. Started writing my own songs about 15 years ago (post ad agency retirement). Themes kept looping to things Boomeresque. You write what you know.

I always experience the joy and fun of sharing these common experiences at live performances. It never fails to create a unique performer/audience bond. Even the younger kids love it. Some of my most enthusiastic “fans” are indie musicians. Guess they identify with the vintage.

It’s great to see that light go on when someone sees themselves in a song. Especially the humorous and satirical. Heck, there’s enough doom and gloom music out there. As one of my titles says “What’s so Bad about Feelin’ Good?”

I do a lot of traveling on river cruises and European land tours and always bring the six-string. I’ve made great friends through the music. It’s a joy to share.

I always say (I suppose this is motivation part — the headline is always in the last sentence), “It keeps me on this side of the grass.”

I guess I’ll keep at it. Here’s one of my favorites. Good or bad … and true or not … it’s about US! Don’t forget: have your sound turned up. ALL the way up!!

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3 Comments

  1. Gee, thanks for the kind words. Very cool to see this post. Up with the birds, pre-dawn, (what else is new) so am probably one of the first to read it. Hope folks enjoy. Thanks again.

  2. Very cool mustache and enjoyed the song. I forwarded this to my 82 year old Dad who is always saying as his favorite line, “Gettin’ old ain’t fer sissies!”

    Looks like I’m the second one to read this post. Like you, seems I’m up before the sun. Par for me. Sipping coffee, doing some morning yoga stretching, and getting ready to go surfing before I must head off to the office later this morning. I like your song, but can’t really relate: I still feel VERY young, healthy, energized, and ambitious. Not looking forward to the day my parts head south & feeling old sets in. When that happens, maybe I’ll pick up my six-string & croon a bit too. Does it help? lol

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