Jim Gill was once a child development specialist who worked to promote active play between kids and the adults in their lives. He spent 20 years making up goofy songs and directing programs in the Chicago area that encouraged families to get up and have fun together.
These days, he tours libraries, theaters and schools performing concerts in an effort to spread that message. One part of the show involves a silly dance contest in which he plays the banjo, shouts “Freeze!” and picks out the craziest poses in the room to mimic. And the kids go nuts.
A search for Jim Gill on Youtube brought up a video of the silly singer/songwriter speaking about his concerts. At the beginning of one he says, “A concert of mine is like a big family room where everybody plays together, so that after the concert, kids don’t necessarily leave and remember Jim Gill. They leave and remember that they played with their mom or they played with their dad or their friends, and that’s the whole point.”