Bay City – July 18, 2018

“I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be.”

Whitney Huston

 

People ask us why we drive two hours to Bay City on a Wednesday morning in the summer, and this is our answer.  Surly we could be doing other things.  Yes, we could.  However, children are our future.  And bringing them music is something that means a great deal to both Carl and I.

This year we we’re lucky enough to have been asked to come back to the city by the bay, (no, not San Francisco, the other city by this bay). Bay City.

Actually the ride up in the van was a great time to talk about all the things that we have achieved this summer, already, and over our long career as local musicians.  Probably no way to make the ride any better.  Well, maybe one way . . .

Anywho, we were chatting about how long that we have been doing this, and it brought us back to the old days and how we packed four of us young lads in a van to get to our gigs.  Add lots and lots of musical gear, and you’re in for a good time.  Just ask the Boys.

So, where were we?

Ah yes, the city by the bay . . .

Driving up through the scenic Michigan countryside gave us time to figure out about how many songs that would possibly cram into 45 minutes.  Yes, we were driving all that way to only play forty-five minutes?

Why?

Because of the children, remember?

As Whitney so eloquently put it, they are our future.  Be nice to them, because they will be the ones visiting us in the home.  Or, maybe not visiting.

So it was a slam-bang, live on the racer’s edge, laugh in the face of death kinda whirl-wind set of songs that kids to could relate to.

We began with the classic feel-good tune, You are my sunshine.  One that children and parents alike should each be invested in.

Then we did some We-mo-whacking to the Lion Sleeps Tonight, and then straight into The Unicorn Song.

You see where this is going?

Kid nirvana.  Throw in a generous amount of balls, whistles, shakers and props of all ilks and you have the makings of a matinee hit!

The forty-five minutes vaulted by, until it was time for our big finish . . . Under The Sea.  Nothing kids like better than being wet!  (even some adults).

Before you knew it, Carl and I were on our way and heading back home.  We did what we set out to do; bring some fun to Bay City.  And we did accomplish that.

Apparently there will be a brand new amphitheater down the road on this very location in the future.  We certainly hope that we will be a part of it when it is ready to welcome more kids in the years to come.

Children are our future.  Our music is a bridge from things that were meaningful in years past to what we envision our kids to enjoy in the days they have awaiting them.

That is our gift.  We are so very lucky to be able to share it with Bay City, and every city we play in between.

Rb

I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be
Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me
I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest
Love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest
Love of all inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be
I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest
Love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest
Love of all inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all
And if, by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

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