Dum-Dums and Smarties: What You Need
For the seventeen years I taught high school English, I handed out Dum-Dums and Smarties on test days. I learned this from psychologist and model teacher Dr. Peggy Forsythe on the day of our first test in a memorable educational psychology class. How many I handed out is anybody’s guess. I remember a student noticing that you could save Dum-Dum labels and earn prizes. He said, “Jeez, Campbell. You could save for a year and get, like, a car or something.”
I left public education for many reasons: mostly personal. I miss the dynamics of the classroom and the energy of teens. I promised myself that Gigspots.com would serve young people and provide them with opportunities to have fun and satisfy their curiosities. I am about to launch an internship program at York College and hope to expand it to my alma mater, Millersville University.
But really it’s about the music. I worry that young people aren’t getting enough chances to connect with live music. Downloading songs and sharing playlists cannot compare to sharing a concert experience with friends. I created Gigspots to help young people (and the young at heart) find concerts and destinations that they could enjoy and afford. I’m finding plenty of bands, destinations and discounts. What I need is feedback. I know what I like. I need to know what you like. Are we still connected?
Begin by Liking my Gigspots Facebook page. When I post something you like, Like it. When you hear a band you think is great, post a link on my page and Share generously. Name the bands you want to see and I will move mountains to get a local show set up. Please visit my website to check the concert calendar and watch some of the over 500 videos posted on my YouTube channel. I need your visits, clicks, comments, Likes and Shares.
I can’t get Adele, Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters or Jay Z to play for you. Yet. But I can get Kayla Kroh, Sarah Blacker, Lovebettie, Face for Radio, Bruzer Wyatt and dozens more. Never heard of them? You never heard of Adele five years ago either.
I was glad to hand out all that candy. I was happy to attend your sporting events, plays, concerts, musicals, recitals and galleries. I wrote your letters of recommendation, coached you, tutored you and lent an ear when you needed to talk. You loved sharing your music and discussing your interests in my classroom. I’m still listening and still trying to serve you. I need your feedback.
If you are not a former student, I need your feedback too. While I was serving our posterity in the classroom, I surely missed some good stuff. Share it with me and I will share it with them. We can all teach and learn together. Music makes fear go away!