A few years ago I was sitting in Mr. Hollin’s room at Douglass Elementary School in Walnut Hills. I was left in charge of 22 very challenging young first graders. I needed something to hold their attention. I grabbed a children’s book of poetry off the shelf and began reading. I quickly realized that I could rap the poems from the book. I began rapping. The kids loved it. Attention held!
Fast forward to earlier this year. I am sitting in the Presbyterian Church of Wyoming’s children’s library (in Cincinnati, I know its weird). I am cleaning out old books. What do you know. I come across the same exact same book of poetry. Then, the light went off.
I have been pursuing music AND working with kids my entire life. However, I never really created music for kids. I always created music for adults. Can you guess where I’m going?
There it was. As plain as day the thought illuminated my whole being; I need to create children’s content. It’s not as much as I want to, I have to. Don’t get me wrong I want to do this, but that desire is far outweighed by the overwhelming sense of obligation. I feel a calling to this.
So what is it? Well, it has taken off and it’s called The Corner. The Corner is a unique hip hop music, video, art and storytelling platform designed to entertain young children and help them learn about life and their world with a delightful sense of humor and discovery. You can think of it as the Hip-hop Shel Silverstein of this generation.
There is so much more to it. There is another rapper involved, an illustrator in France, a chief creative officer at a really big marketing firm all in this together to make it a success.
I will be sharing much more about it as the weeks and months go on. For now I need you to do three things…
1. Be excited for me
2. Be prepared to help kickstart this thing (kickstarter campaign is coming soon)
3. Watch the video below simply by clicking on it (or copy and paste this link into your browser… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKf2USx30aM
Please share my excitement today then reply to this e-mail and let me know what you are excited about these days.