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It’s Not a Problem. It’s an Idea Emergency.

Continuing on the theme of finding music that Jordan loves and that we like, we’ve found a great Disney show called Imagination Movers.

Jordan loves the Imagination Movers. And so do we.

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Imagination Movers is a New Orleans band composed of Scott Durbin, Rich Collins, Dave Poche, and Scott “Smitty” Smith. The Movers work in the Idea Warehouse with their friend Warehouse Mouse looking for new customers that need help solving problems–which they call Idea Emergencies. Despite their efforts to get new customers they mostly wind up solving their own problems. In the process they annoy their beige leisure suit wearing, dull-as-dishwater neighbor, Knit Knots and get help from his niece Nina.

Not only do these guys play their own instruments, they write their own songs and are incredibly versatile. Playing styles that include ska, alternative rock, disco, rap, funk and country, they never fail to give a convincing and credible performance.  Sometimes its Red Hot Chilli Peppers meets Mr. Rogers. Other times its Tower of Power meets Captain Kangaroo. No matter what though they never “talk down” to kids with their comedy or music and they don’t forget about the parents who are listening as well.

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The quartet started out small as a local garage band with each of the band members maintaining full time jobs. That all changed when Hurricane Katrina came along and destroyed the homes, possessions and jobs of three of the band’s members. Mover Smitty, a fireman by profession, was involved in search and rescue operations immediately following the disaster.

The group had a very strong local following that helped keep the group together and moving forward despite the setback that Katrina had dealt them by destroying all of their instruments and much of what they had created until that point. A local charity dedicated to rescuing the music culture of the gulf coast, Music Rising, provided instruments to replace what was destroyed by Katrina.

Disney, who had been working on a deal to bring the Movers to their roster, concluded their deal after the hurricane. The Movers convinced Disney that the show should be produced in New Orleans which helped to provide about 75  jobs for the local economy. With the exception of Rich, all of the other movers have been able to return to New Orleans.

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At 17 months, I don’t think that Jordan gets the nuances of the problem solving model that the Movers demonstrate, but he is riveted by the music, the dancing and the Movers. We’re starting to find that Jordan is a very musical child. He’s not talking a lot, but he loves to dance and sing. Surprisingly enough, he’s got a pretty good sense of pitch and rhythm.

I highly recommend that parents introduce their kids–and themselves–to the Imagination Movers.