1. Animating; cheering; moving; exhilarating;
2. Stimulating or exalting to the spirit;
3. Billy Jonas, an incredibly original singer/songwriter whose primary instrument is the audience and whose new album is “Happy Accidents.”
“Everybody’s in the band” was the message of Tuesday’s family concert & CD release celebration @ the Savannah Music Festival. Parents, grandparents & children were invited to play along with Billy, using our keys, water bottles and, one of Billy’s favorite instruments, bodies.
The kid-centric performance was in direct response to parents’ requests to the Savannah Music Festival for more family concerts. And it was a hit.
Billy Jonas engaged the crowd by pairing traditional instruments with recycled, foraged & homemade objects. Think empty water cooler, garbage can, buckets, baseballs strapped to broom handles & even a “gordjo” (banjo made from a gord.) Wearing bells on his legs & music moccasins on his feet, Billy Jonas taught kids they can make music using anything, even a bucket. No doubt many kids went to sleep crooning one of the favorite sing-alongs:
Who’s gonna make our music?
We’re gonna make our Music!
What’ll we do?
Bang ‘n sing!
What’ll we use?
Thanks, Savannah Music Festival, for bringing such original talent our way.
Billy Jonas performs @ the Florida Theater in Jacksonville in June. It’s worth the trip to take the kids to see him live. For more info, click here.
The new album “Happy Accidents” is now available here and in stores.
Now get to work making a drumstick out of your old broom.