“Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun!” That’s the motto of The Imagination Movers, an Emmy-winning children’s musical group.
“Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun!” That’s the motto of The Imagination Movers, an Emmy-winning children’s musical group. The group includes Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, Scott “Smitty” Smith and Rich Collins. Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mover Scott Durbin.
When the Movers started out, they were parents of young kids and thought that there were not enough real people on children’s television. When Scott was growing up, there were shows like “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Captain Kangaroo.” The Movers thought that there needed to be more human actors on children’s T.V. So when they started, they wrote songs about sleeping through the night or brushing your teeth. Then their songs grew up with their kids.
One of Scott’s favorite songs is “Take a Picture,” which he says is about “celebrating kids being kids.” He has two kids of his own, who are in fourth and sixth grade. They have been on the Movers’ TV show and in some of their videos as well.
You may think The Imagination Movers are just a bunch of actors hired to pretend they’ve known each other — wrong! They have been friends for years.
We’re friends, first and foremost,” says Scott. “We were friends before The Imagination Movers and will be friends after.”
All of them had other jobs before. Scott was a teacher, Rich was a journalist, Dave was an architect, and Smitty was a firefighter — and still is. They have written about 170 songs together and made three seasons of shows for Disney Junior. When Scott grew up, his dad was in the military, so the family moved from Thailand, to Washington, DC, to Texas, and finally to New Orleans. He learned a lot from those experiences.
“I’m very fortunate that my parents modeled empathy and what it feels like to walk in another person’s shoes,” says Scott. That is what the “wobble goggles” (which Scott wears on the show) represent. It is like seeing things from the other person’s perspective.
The Movers are partnered with “Buddy Walk,” which includes more than 250 annual fundraising walks for the National Down Syndrome Society. This came to their attention when Smitty did a Buddy Walk because a friend from work had a nephew with Down Syndrome.
The Imagination Movers are bringing their “Rock-O-Matic” tour to Denver on Thursday, October 11, at the L2 Arts and Culture Center. Check it out!