The Inspiration for Between the Records - Robert Tepper, the Natural History and My Family's Life in Music

The Inspiration for Between the Records - Robert Tepper, the Natural History and My Family's Life in Music

In 1986, my father Robert Tepper was enjoying the success of his hit single, No Easy Way Out. I was seven years old. My brother Max was nine. Watching our father on MTV, American Bandstand or the Today Show--no question, these were determining events for Max and I, as, in our early-20s, we would go on to form our own band, the Natural History. But, as with our father, none of it would last long. It simply couldn't.

After five years, the band was over. I stopped performing and writing music. I was twenty-seven, and I would spend the next ten years behaving as if none of it had ever happened. (See the video for our song the People That I Meet and the Spoon cover of our song Don't You Ever, retitled Don't You Evah, proof it definitely happened.) 

                (On Tour, Summer 2004, Somewhere in Scandinavia) 

For a writer seeking a subject, it's always good rich soil where denial lives. Experience that cannot be acknowledged--that's where the stories are, and usually a lot of pain, too. 

In writing Between the Records, I began thinking about these years again, roughly the first three decades of my life, in which music was the thing, and I started asking the hard questions about why I'd had to turn away from it in the first place.  

          (Album Cover of Dad's First Solo LP, No Easy Way Out, 1986)