Mike was my little brother with a killer smile and killer guitar skills. He learned by watching and practicing and playing that Jeremiah was a bullfrog song over and over as a kid! :) . He could watch someone play a song, and just follow that lead. He left us too soon. Way too soon. It's been 35 years since he lost his life in a car accident. He was 19. We didn't get to see where that passion and talent for music would have taken him. But one thing is certain. Music saved him. Music made him happy. Music was his way of communicating. And I continue to learn, year after year, the impact that he has had on others, and how he is still remembered. That makes my whole family happy.
I have honored his memory every year with a donation to Little Kids Rock; enough to put a guitar in a childs hands, and give them that same gift of music. I believe this would make Mike happy and proud. Through the years, I have been blessed to connect with many that used to play music with him as they saw old photos that I posted of him on facebook, on his birthday and on the anniversary of his death.
If he was still with us, this April 13th would be his 54th birthday. Crazy. Knowing I'm now connected to many that played with him, and are still making music, I thought it would be great to set a more lofty goal that resonates. Especially now, in these crazy quarantine times....lessons being conducted on-line to save lives, etc.
Music still connects us. How about this year, we shoot to outfit and entire classroom with musical instruments? I would love to honor his memory and his impact with such a gift....will you join me? If we surpass that goal, even better...we can launch a music program in a school (teacher training, classroom set of instruments, full modern band curriculum) if we reach $6000! But let's start with a goal of $2600 and see where it goes? Are you in? Are you ALL IN? Let's honor Mike by showing everyone the power of music to heal, to connect, to experience joy.
Please join me this year...or Mike, for music, for the kids of Little Kids Rock and let's come together and put some instruments in some kids hands! Thank you..from the bottom of my heart, and from our entire family! Let's do this! Love you all and stay safe and healthy.
You can learn more about Little Kids Rock below, so you know the great work they are actually doing and some of the fine artists and musicians that support this great organization.
For the first time in history, the majority of the global population is experiencing a new normal. While nurses and doctors have suddenly become soldiers on the front lines, and grocery store employees are putting their lives at risk, most people (and their kids) are stuck at home. Parents and teachers have become the emotional first responders, and they need our help to ensure that their kids stay positive and creative while we are in the doldrums.
Though the world is upside down, one thing that remains constant is that music is a primary source of inspiration, joy, and hope for people. As leaders in the world of music education, Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that brings modern music education programming and instruments into public schools, needs our support now more than ever to ensure that the music doesn't stop.
In many of the thousands of communities that Little Kids Rock serves, kids rely on their schools for education to keep their minds growing, for refuge from troubles at home, for two square meals per day, and for a social construct that helps them feel connected to their peers and their world. Right now, our kids are at home without access to the educational support that they need to thrive. Music is a creative outlet and emotional support tool for kids while they are in school, and now more than ever, music is a necessary creative outlet for kids who are learning from home.
We have seen music teachers come together in a community of practice that is stronger than ever, creating, collaborating, and sharing new ideas for how to engage, inspire, and educate children virtually. While the practice of physically going to school has stopped, Little Kids Rock is determined to keep the music playing by encouraging people to make music at home. Your donation will help support bringing music to kids virtually right now, and ensure that they return to classrooms full of musical instruments in the fall.