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 …

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Long Live the Camp Counsellor

Life at summer camp is a high octane life. It’s full. It’s Full On. It’s Festive. It’s routined yet full of surprise. Structured and chaotic. Noisy and nature-full. Camp is fueled by larger-than-life characters. Young children are catapulted from their homes and from the familiar. Some children have been waiting (without knowing they’ve been waiting)…

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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…


UPCOMING RELEASE

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The Very Next Day

Stay tuned for the release of “The Very Next Day,” the follow up to my JUNO-nominated children’s album. I created and recorded this album with Dave Clark and The Woodshed Orchestra. The Woodshed Orchestra is a band of pure joy infused with impeccable musicianship, circus-like playfulness & unwavering open-heartedness.
This feels to me like a family album.  Of course there are lots of songs for children (Who Loves You?!? It’s Not Easy Being a Kid).  There are also some songs I wrote for parents (Wind-Up Parent, I’m Taking the Train).  The title track, The Very Next Day, is co-written with Fred Penner and, finally, the record closes with a Neil Young Cover (you’ll have to wait to find out which one).
I wish with all my heart that the generosity and joy of this group of musicians finds its way, through the songs on The Very Next Day, directly into the hearts of you and your family. Please join The Very Next Day Kickstarter Campaign Today!

UPCOMING EVENTS

    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