The Run Along! Story
Thank you for being here, sharing your time. My name is Doug Adams (dadams). I’m on a mission to raise $5,800 (budget) to launch a stage show for children called Run Along! If you decide to entrust me with some of your hard-earned dollars, I pledge to honor that trust and deliver an upbeat, memorable experience for kids.
The show began with a song (“Gonna Try”) that I wrote for my wife. She was traveling to Michigan to visit her family and I missed her (we’re in Massachusetts). She is an inspiration to me, particularly when she talks about her early childhood spent in foster care, and her adoption at age six. It blows me away how, as a young child, she ran headlong into the challenge of a new family and home. One of her family stories has it that, not wanting to disappoint, she insisted she knew how to swim the first time they went to a pool. So convincing was she, that she fooled herself and jumped straight into the deep end, where she sank like an anchor. The story ends with a heroic rescue by one of her new brothers (which she still maintains was unnecessary). Her parents inspire me too. They were already raising a family of three boys on a single modest salary, when they were asked to adopt this girl. They too chose to try.
I soon realized I wanted to share “Gonna Try” with children because I thought it was a powerful message to have playing in the back of their young brains to encourage resiliency and grit, especially before they entered the roller coaster of puberty. I remembered how songs from Marlo Thomas' Free to Be… You and Me had really shaped my entire outlook as a child of the 1970s. At the same time, I had been disappointed as the father of young daughters that there weren’t many live theatrical experiences my wife and I could bring them to that weren’t either obscenely expensive or totally dumb (no offense). So, with my background in teaching and television, I thought hey, why not try to write the kind of show I would have liked my daughters to have seen?
The next six songs were written in a burst. I quickly saw that they were all about running, which is one of my only good habits. Inspiration! Wouldn’t it be fun to put on a show in which the audience and I were running in place the entire time? I think kids could get into that. God knows, my third grade students never stop moving. It would become a show about goal-setting, about movement, about singing together, about overcoming obstacles. Heck, I’d love my daughters and nephews and students to hear these messages. I’d like to hear these messages.
My friend and former bandmate Ken Michaels generously agreed to produce these songs at his studio in Boston. He polished them to a sheen. He also got Daniel Abugattas involved, who engineered the sessions and mastered the CD. Their efforts and studio time, which they donated, is worth many thousands of dollars and I am truly indebted to them both.
So the music is ready to go, the album artwork is partially finished, the budget is set, the show itself is roughed out, and now I’m in hopeland, dreaming that enough of my friends and family and friends of friends and family will see the value of this and help me launch what I think will be a really beautiful thing.
Many, many thanks for considering to help with this project.
Risks and challenges
Bookings and promotion is one risk, as I'm a full-time elementary school teacher. It’s an unusual act (I think), but once I’ve performed it a few times and worked out the kinks, I hope to gain momentum and work with a booking agency that specializes in children's entertainment. The last risk/challenge, I suppose, is being able to speak, sing, strum, and step for a full hour. But I'm gonna try!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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