It's Time for Kids in America to Rock Out!
My ears are still ringing from the jam session we had in the studio for last Thursday’s show. You would think I’d be used to it by now, after raising our very own rocker dude, our youngest son, Jordan. He can wail now, but boy, oh boy, those early years were rough! Ha! Jordan, I kid. I kid! (Sort of.)
I had such a great time with our amazing musical guests to kick off The Dr. Phil Foundation’s new music program called “Little Kids Rock Across America“, and man, they ROCKED. I’ve always said that parents need to encourage their children’s passions, and for some, that passion is music.
Not every kid is just a good student or athlete. For some, it’s music that can be a great way to enhance his or her self-esteem and help keep them out of trouble — “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” and all that. I really believe that when some children get to a certain age, they really want to feel like they belong to something, or at least have an identity that distinguishes them from being just a face in the crowd.
I’d much rather that the something they belong to, be something constructive, like a band or a choir, and not a gang or a group of druggies. But when those choices are all that are available because music programs have been stripped from the budget, then bad choices get made. I would sure rather they choose a guitar over a gun, which is why the emphasis of Little Kids Rock Across America is on giving kids a chance to learn music and join or create a rock band. Music and teamwork! Now that is music to my ears!
The LKRAA project sponsored by The Dr. Phil Foundation will help revitalize music programs in schools in 10 cities across the country. That means about 25,000 under-served middle school kids will receive free instruments and no-cost lessons in genres like rock, blues and hip-hop. And the hope is that, with your support, we will be adding more cities in the future. How cool is that?
David Wish, the founder of the Little Kids Rock organization, has been so great in helping our Foundation get busy with this exciting program in the 10 cities we are starting to develop. David is a man of great passion and talent.
I think you’ll be amazed by how talented these young musicians are. Their confidence just blew me away. They looked right at home jamming with some guys that are … let’s just say a little further down the music highway than they are, like my son, Jordan, Mike Einziger from Incubus, Zack Merrick from All Time Low and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. May as well inspire them with the best of the best!
I’m also proud that Jordan will serve as the Foundation’s ambassador for the LKRAA program, and with our sponsors, supporting musicians and schools, working to put music into the lives of children who need it most.
“It’s wonderful to find what you love at an early age,” Chad told the kids and joked, “That’s what happened to me when I was 7, and I’m 92 now!”
To check out the performances, hear from Jordan, Mike, Zach and Chad and learn how you can help support the cause, click here!