Doing the dinosaur stomp
Kyogle High School music teacher Joe Landers admits he didnt know a bar about dinosaurs till his young son developed a devouring interest in the long-extinct creatures.
But slowly his own curiosity for the ancient animals evolved into a passion for composing and singing songs about dinosaurs which his son Oak, 7, and other children could sing to while learning other skills at the same time.
Using the stage name Jurassic Joe, the local teacher created a musical persona to fit as well as a 15-track CD called Danger Danger Dinosaur, with tracks including Sleepy Stegosaurus Stomp and Five Pterodactyls.
The songs are aimed at kids up to eight years old Ive been touring and playing them for the past year in local schools and libraries, and concerts including the recent Outback Festival in Winton, he told The Echo. I guess as a musician I couldnt compete as a pop artist in such a big market so I tried writing songs for kids like my son Oak.
He inspired me as I didnt know anything about dinosaurs till he came along and it took off from there my wife Sue and I ended up learning all sorts of stuff as well.
I also had a thing about using more music in education and shaped this music to kids musical and rhythmical abilities the songs are quite catchy.
The CD is available at major music stores in Lismore, Kyogle, Ballina and Byron Bay or online at www.dinosaurmusic.com.au. To book Jurassic Joe for a show, email email@example.com.