Philosopher. Poet.

Imagination Consultant.

Musician. Artist. Educator.

Insecure Extrovert. Reluctant Enthusiast.

Risk-taker. Scaredy Cat.

Small animal with fast metabolism.

A Connector-of-Dots:

I Bring People & Ideas together.

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THE BIG IDEA BLOG

The Big Idea is sometimes funny. It’s partly cloudy. It’s partly sunny.

It’s a cup of tea served with honey. It’s a Big Idea for sure …

Tedfest

The TedFest That Never Was!

Summer Camp changed my life. Shaped my life. Made it richer. Made it better. Summer camp made me who I am today. For that, I feel blessed and full of gratitude. In today’s vernacular, summer camp is a ‘Game-Changer.’ Summer camp changes children’s lives in myriad ways that I cannot even begin to chart without…

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The Very Next Day (new album forthcoming)

Hey friends. I’m making a new record … called The Very Next Day. ‘What’s the Big Idea?!?’ is still having a great run. It garnered critical acclaim. (It was nominated for 3 music awards including a JUNO.) More important, children and their parents love the music. They’re listening to The Big Idea in their living…

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VIA Rail Artist On Board

Travelling by train as the VIA Artist Onboard. What a sweet gig.  I did the Montreal to Halifax/Halifax to Montreal trip.  Boarded the train in Montreal.  Pulled out of the station at 7 pm. Arrived in Halifax the next evening.  Just under 24 hours.  My job?  Three, forty-five minutes sets as the train headed East. …


WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? RADIO

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Host: Professor Gerald Wilton Razzletone

(aka) Gary William Rasberry

bigIdea Radio explores the playful generative space that lives in and in-between Artistry & Education. Listen to interviews with students, teachers & artists who live and work in schools. Join a rich conversation that explores creativity, imagination & improvisation in teaching and learning. What’s the Big Idea?!? Tune in to bigIdea Radio where some of the best big ideas are small …

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Testimonials

The Big Idea is a big hit with me and my granddaughters! It is the only music we now listen to while driving. Madeleine calls out,

“Let’s listen to Gary Rasberry” and Mirabelle chimes in, “More … More!”

The Big Idea is marvelous!

 

—Carl Leggo

Fred Penner is still out there goovin’ but with Raffi nowhere in sight and my children now grown up, somebody had to come along and make a record to help parents create a new family soundtrack for themselves and their children. I’m no Raffi but it didn’t stop me from asking, What’s the Big Idea!?!

Gerald Wilton Razzletone Professor At Large

… So, thank you Gary Rasberry for reminding me of this artist’s truth. And thank you for sharing your lovely music with me … read more

Julia Jordan Kamanda The Music Mommy

… [Gary says his] true calling in life is to be a “connector-of-dots.” He loves connecting people and ideas together to make things happen. He also said that possibly one of his life jobs is to help “reclaim magic” and maybe that’s part of everyone’s job. I LOVE this idea. As artists, one of the things we are meant to do is use sound/paint/dance to connect with the essential Creative Spirit, harness its potentiality, and reclaim it; turning it into something magical. inspiring. beautiful …

… [This] “stay-at-home father and artist” has a new album out called “What’s the Big Idea?” and I’m absolutely LOVING the vibe. It’s bluegrass, it’s folk, it’s laid back, and it’s KIDS music! Actually, it’s family music. It’s good music that is simple enough for kids to catch on to, but not “bubblegum” at all. Just wholesome and chill …

Gary Rasberry’s music … is a throwback to simpler days when life was about music and friends and enjoying life …

A beautiful work of music … folk with a Magical Mystery Tour twist. Lots of Woody Guthrie found here. And what about those stellar side men Sheesham & Lotus …  … Pure joyfulness.  Which is why it can appeal to kids and to the kids in adults and those who see laughter as a kind of music to make their lives of …  … If records can be judged by how many times you find yourself singing along, than this is a masterpiece.

David Penberg School Administrator/Educator, NYC

Gary Rasberry is offering a God-send to beleaguered parents … [and] there’s no mystery why. The CD offers sterling music values and great musicians like his friends Sheesham & Lotus. read more

Greg Burliuk Kingston Whig Standard

Gary Rasberry is AWESOME!

Tyler, Grade 3 student Cataraqui Woods Elementary School