So, last year I played 6 different themed concerts in 6 months and filmed them all. I had used all of the themes except superheroes before, but even then each show required new songs and new props.
Most of them I made, generally out of cardboard boxes (I love cardboard boxes – its one of the things I share in common with my audience members) but some were borrowed…
And some were trees.
Way back when I exclusively played heavy rock and occasional roots music, my tools of trade were guitars, amps, stands and microphones. Now masking tape, paint and a stanley knife feature just as heavily. It’s been fun. I never realized how much I missed making stuff with my hands in the years between highschool & discovering children’s music. It’s been a great part of the job & more good practice for playing with my kids.
For the performance workshop I ran at the Clunes Library recently, to prepare for Clunes Booktown, it was great to be able to show them some things I’d made to help with their own ideas, rather than just talk & sing.