In seventh grade, during the presidential elections, my father urged me to run for president. Fortunately for the well-being of the seventh grade class, I declined, telling my dad I was more comfortable behind the scenes. And I slinked away to be one of the audio-visual geeks, staying safely behind the camera. In my early music career, I managed to stay relatively anonymous even while performing, by being a piano player in the band. And during my active hit-songwriting career, I managed to stay behind the piano and in the studio; creating music for famous extroverts who thrive on strutting their stuff in front of thousands of people.
Strange things happen over time; and as I prepared to deliver a musical KeyNote to the National Eligibility Workers Association a few weeks ago, I was struck by how ‘not-nervous’ I was. In fact, I’m now quite addicted to live performance and the literal ups and downs that come with the spontaneity and travel involved in delivering our programs all over the country. But given my personal history, it comes as no surprise when potential clients tell me they’re scared of music based programs, of being put on the spot or having to perform. My best answer is my empathy – the collective empathy of our songwriter-facilitators enables us to bring a bit of our wacky, right brained, creative experience to the corporate world. Everyone has a story to tell. Every organization has a story to tell. All we do is help you tell your story – by the time the music is made, you’ll forget you’re singing; you’ll just be doing it. I know that sounds fairly Zen or esoteric, but that’s what really happens.
Since my last post, the Kidbilly Music team has led programs in Chicago, New York and Nashville. We’re headed to Washington, D.C. tomorrow to help JDSU create team building songs around a new product launch. Upcoming in September is Memphis, Atlanta, Minneapolis and more. There’s a reason clients are committing their valuable resources of people, time and money to work with us. Isn’t it time you found out why?