It’s workshop time, kids. We began this feature in the concert last year and the response was so warm (and the song Jim and the children wrote was so beautiful) that we decided not to give Jim a choice and have him come back.
Jim’s like the pied piper — he can mesmerize the kids so that their eyes are all glued to the stage. No kidding. The lovely Sophia is once again the official scribe, writing lyrics as the song takes shape on a blackboard on stage.
First lesson: rhythm and syncopation.
Jim: What else would you want them to do?
Answers: Believe in me. Be more respectful to me. Listen. Understand. Trust in me.
The ideas keep coming from all sections of the hall. Here’s how the song is shaping up:
Now we’re trying it out with drums — and boy, this is getting to be a really catchy song. That was the refrain, so now Jim is working with the kids on the rest of the song. Here’s what’s happening: