14 Oct Improving Our Shows For Infants
Yesterday we had a magical time performing for the families at the Patchogue-Medford Library. My son, Teddy, and my wife, Maggie, were in attendance and that made me more nervous than normal before my shows. What if my wife and son don’t like the show? They’ve seen it several times already and said they liked it but I want to make the shows even better for my own son who is 14-months old. Our Music, Bubble and Comedy Show is perfect for the older crowd – ages 3 and up (including teens and parents). And we have no problem engaging up to 800 kids. But what is challenging about some of our partnerships with the libraries is that we really want to make the programs inclusive for all ages. And if the older kids come sometimes there is nowhere to leave little brother or sister who are under 2 years old. We don’t necessarily think the answer is simply lowering the volume of the show or singing more Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star because that can lose the engagement of the older kids. We need to invent a completely new musical experience and interactive language for the infants. A much simpler show. With no language at all. And it needs to be thrilling for the parents to be a part of so they can feel like they have permission to not be on their phones. We need to be far more interesting than social media, outside conversations or what is going on at work. The point of our shows and performances is to share an extraordinary musical and cultural experience that creates new connections between the people in the audience and allows them to be in the present moment. And shares with them the special love that we have for the library and how nurturing, warm and safe it is to be at the library.