Host: Aidan Nelson
Essence Story by Aidan Nelson
As Steve Eulberg and I walked into the North Bay Children’s Center in Novato, the kids were already eager. Peeking behind chairs and cabinets, they were very intrigued as to who we were and what we were doing there. When they were told that Steve would be playing music for them, their eyes widened with enthusiasm. As we set up for the performance kids continued to peek and smile and giggle. They were anxious to hear some music.
He began with a fill in the blank song, “I Celebrate Life By…” where the children would yell out how they celebrated life. Once he heard a good idea he would do an impromptu verse including their proposal.
“Sleeping on the couch eating pizza!”
After just the first song, the kids were already enthralled by his music. The energy with which he performed and the connectivity he created with the audience were astounding. He kept the listeners involved and active for the entire time, and with a group of young children, that’s something special. Frequently children, after some time, get bored or anxious to leave. However, this was not the case at North Bay Children’s Center. These kids were into it.
Towards the end of his set he would call for the children to do certain actions or jump up and down and dance. They did this with such immense enthusiasm that the ground almost shook.
When his show was over everyone was left with new energy and excitement. The show was an apparent success. I even heard one boy say, “Ah! That was so fun!”
And it was. It was so fun.