Giveaway-Family Pack of Tickets to HEROES ROCK! Feb 8 at Congregation Shomrei Emunah Montclair!

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam and Batman - secret identity Det. Genaro Ortiz, Newark NJ Police

Enter below to win a family 4-pack to HEROES ROCK! on Feb. 8 in Montclair.

BATMAN and I are giving away a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the HEROES ROCK! Family Fun Fest at Congregation Shomrei Emunah, now rescheduled for February 8 at 11:00 AM.

BATMAN and BATGIRL will be there. The BATMOBILE will be in the parking lot. We’ll rock our brand new song “My Superpower.” Your kids will delight in the presence of an iconic hero and learn about public safety.

Enter below. The more actions you take (listed below) the more chances you get to win the family 4-pack. Good luck!

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Check out this solo acoustic version of our newest song “My Superpower!”

HEROES ROCK is Rescheduled! Now on Sunday, February 8!

To the Batcave!

Batman and Batgirl in front of the Batmobile - Newark Police Dept. Det. Genaro Ortiz

Batman and Batgirl in front of the Batmobile – Newark Police Dept. Det. Genaro Ortiz

We’ve got a rescheduled date for HEROES ROCK! A Family Fun Fest with the Jungle Gym Jam! Meet us at Congregation Shomrei Emunah on Sunday, February 8 at 11:00 AM. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel!

Holy Skating Rink, Batman!

The roads were incredibly slippery last week; we got a lot of feedback from parents who were relieved we decided to postpone the event and issue full refunds for all tickets purchased in advance for the old date. We want to earn the reputation of taking good care of the families who choose us for their entertainment.

The event takes place at Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Montclair (67 Park St.) on Sunday, February 8 at 11:00 AM. Early bird pricing applies to advance ticket sales until Thursday night, February 5 at midnight.

 

Being a Hero Is Its Own Reward, but Getting Rewards is Cool Too!

We’re giving away tickets to Big Apple Circus; we have two pairs to give out by random drawing at the Family Fun Fest. Also, please be a real-life hero and bring a nonperishable food donation for Montclair Emergency Shelter for the Homeless (MESH).

HEROES ROCK event Postponed until February. Live Online Web Show Instead Today!

Jason from the Jungle Gym JamIcy roads have forced the cancellation of today’s HEROES ROCK concert, but I’m giving a live, online performance today instead, which includes my new song “My Superpower.”

I’m performing on Concert Window at 11 AM. Go to https://www.concertwindow.com/8569-jason-didner-and-the-jungle-gym-jam and “pay what you want” to watch this show and interact from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Thanks for your patience and understanding; your safety comes first.

Musically yours,

Jason

My Superpower – Story behind the Song, Lyrics and Chords

Recognition of the Moment for the Song

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam and Batman - secret identity Det. Genaro Ortiz, Newark NJ Police

Entertaining families now lets me see childhood experiences of superheroes in new ways.

Ever since reading Tom Jackson’s excellent book “Live Music Method” about giving live performances that emotionally satisfy an audience, I concluded that creating those moments onstage begin with writing songs with special moments of a show in mind. Having just organized a “Heroes Rock” Family Fun Day in my hometown of Montclair, set for this Sunday 1/18, I thought about creating a special moment in the show where I share what some of my favorite heroes mean to me.

As luck would have it, it also turns out that this year’s Summer Reading program in libraries across the U.S.A. features this theme: “Every Hero Has a Story.” This encouraged me that I can create that special moment all about my heroes by performing that song. Like the red phone ringing in my cave, I felt called to action to get to work on writing this song.

Approach to the Writing

As I was driving (usually where the song ideas come to me) I thought “What’s the most important thing we get from fictional characters?” Escape from everyday realities? A new way of seeing possibilites? A symbol or example to follow? And what is it about each superhero that could be of the most value to kids like my daughter, almost 4? What do I see in these heroes now that I didn’t when I was a kid who was simply fascinated with the colorful costumes and the “BAM! POW!” action?

So I pulled off the road, parked at a bagel shop and walked in with my iPad. I started with thinking about one outstanding trait from each of a few fictional superheroes, like the patience demonstrated by Jedi masters in the Star Wars stories. What continues to strike me about Batman is that he has no supernatural powers, but a keen mind and the resources to bring his mission to reality. In the 1966 Batman movie, he’s so prepared and organized that when a shark (an exploding shark as it turns out!!!) unexpectedly grabs onto his leg, he’s able to call up to Robin in the Bat-copter to hand him the Shark Repellent Bat Spray. The camera reveals that he has a whole lineup of various oceanic repellent sprays lined up and neatly labeled. Now that’s preparation!

I felt that many real-life heroes possessed a singular trait that could be added to the mix. When I came home after work with my new ideas, Amy helped me narrow down my choices of real-life heroes and describe their outstanding traits. The resulting song presents a wealth of admirable qualities of character a child could combine in thinking about his/her path forward in life. And I do believe that kindness is an awesome superpower! Enjoy!

Video of the Song (Solo acoustic performance)

Lyrics and Chords

My Superpower

(C) 2015, Lyrics by Amy & Jason Didner, music by Jason Didner

Theme (Intro):

| C | / | G/B | / | Bb | | F | |

Verse 1:

C
I can be patient as a Jedi

G/B
With the galaxy he serves

Bb
And ready to go like Spider-Man

          F                Ab
With his quick and nimble nerves

        C
And I'm tough like Wonder Woman

         G/B
Who will only take the truth

     Bb
And fair like Thurgood Marshall

               F
Who judged on evidence and proof

Chorus:

G               Am
When you need a hero

      F            C 
It'll be my finest hour

        G        Am    F    C
'cause kindness is my superpower

G        Am     F   C
Kindness is my superpower

Theme

Verse 2:

I can be prepared like Batman
Who always thinks ahead
Or loving like Mother Theresa
Making sure that all were fed

I can be gentle as mighty Superman
Helping cats down from the trees
And persistent just like Anna
Til she ended that deep freeze

Chorus:
When you need a hero
It'll be my finest hour
'cause kindness is my superpower
Kindness is my superpower

Bridge:

    Em            F
My hero's Martin Luther King

          Em         F
With the noblest of dreams

     Dm                 F
Let righteousness roll down

               G
Like a mighty stream

Solo (over theme 2x)

Double Chorus:

When you need a hero
It'll be my finest hour
'cause kindness is my superpower

When you need someone to stand for you
I will stand just like a tower
'cause kindness is my superpower
Kindness is my superpower

Theme

Heroes Rock! New Children’s Music Video: My Superpower

I’ve got heroes on my mind lately — both the comic book superheroes and the real-life world-changing variety! I sing about both in my song “My Superpower.” Check it out and share if you believe in the song’s message.

If your family thrills to the exploits of heroes and you’re in northern New Jersey, you’ll want to meet Batman and Batgirl at my Heroes Rock! event happening at Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Montclair on Sunday, February 8 at 11 AM.

You can get early bird pricing on tickets right here until Thursday night, Feb. 5 at midnight.


If you order your tickets on Friday, 2/6 or after, they’re $12 for adults and $7 for children age 1+. That will also be the price if you buy admission at the door.

Light refreshments are included in the price of admission. There will be a face painter and coloring along with other crafts to enjoy. Our band will give a live band debut of the song “My Superpower” along with other favorites from our interactive show. Baze from Baze and His Silly Friends will join us to sing his popular kids’ song “Superhero.”

Batman and Batgirl are coming to the Heroes Rock! event at Congregation Shomrei Emunah on 1/18/15 with a message of police-community relationship building from the Newark Police Dept.

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