Sunday, April 7, 2019

SATURDAY MORNINGS AT 10AM

It's official... if you live in Alabama... you'll be able to tune in to STEVE TRASH SCIENCE - SATURDAY MORNINGS - on Alabama Public Television starting this June 15th.  Did you get that? Starting in June... Saturday mornings... at 10am... your old pal Steve Trash will be performing magic, explaining science, and doing funny things RIGHT ON YOUR TV (if you don't live in Alabama check your local listings we're distributed NATIONWIDE by NETA to all PBS stations). Tune in and be a part of the fun.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

PBS IS MY HOME

I've always had a VERY SPECIAL place in my heart for PBS.  It's always felt like "home" to me.  When I was a kid, I loved MR ROGERS, ELECTRIC COMPANY, and SESAME STREET.   Those characters, ideas, and stories came into my physical home (through my TV) and they took root in my heart and soul.   They became a part of me.  When I grew older I became passionate about DOWNTON ABBEY,  THIS OLD HOUSE, NOVA, and the PBS NEWS HOUR.   Along my life's journey (56 years strong) I've been lucky enough to tour the world (Japan, Australia, Canada, Portugal, Spain, UAE and all 50 US states).  I've gotten to share my passion for the environment, science, magic tricks, recycled music, and funny stuff, in thousands of LIVE performances.   I LOVE doing this.  I love interacting with REAL people, in REAL time, in a REAL moment, but I've always felt that I could do more.  I've always felt that I could be better.  I've always felt that I could do more good.  I've always felt that I could have a greater positive impact.  Last year, I got my chance.  The opportunity walked right into my life and basically said to me, "hey... here's the deal... work longer... work harder... work more... work through sickness... take larger financial risks....and you can have EXACTLY what you've been dreaming of."  So I puzzled over this for about two seconds and... then... I JUMPED RIGHT IN.  With the guidance and support of the AMAZING executive staff at ALABAMA PUBLIC TELEVISION, we began a partnership to create something so special that it met (or exceeded) the "best of the best" on PBS.  I believe we've done it, or at least... we've gotten really close.   STEVE TRASH SCIENCE is a mashup of STEM (or STEAM) ideas and CHARACTER EDUCATION ideas,  MAGIC TRICKS, silly MUSIC VIDEOS, and tons of FUNNY STUFF.  With the help of the Art Goddess, a dog that listens to me fuss without telling me to "shut up and just throw the ball" and a flexible and excellent production team we made it happen.   SEASON ONE of STEVE TRASH SCIENCE is ready to roll out this JUNE.  Thanks also to the excellent staff at NETA - National Educational Telecommunications Association - for first understanding what we were doing,  and then, for working very very quickly to make us available for broadcast to ALL PBS stations across the US... Yeah... NATIONWIDE... baby!   Steve Trash now has a home on Alabama Public Television - and PBS stations across the nation.  I'm very happy about that.  It totally "feels" right.  Do you want to help keep a "safe place" for kids that FEELS LIKE HOME?  Do you want good, positive stories to come into your kid or grand-kids heart (through their TV, tablet, smart TV, or other electronic device), then you gotta share the love.  Go to your local PBS station and donate.  The DONATE BUTTON is usually the biggest button on the web site.  It's that way because they live off of our support.  I've been donating my whole adult life.  Do it.  It will help keep excellent programs on the air (like mine).  Do it for kids like me.  - Steve :)

Friday, February 1, 2019

THEME MUSIC... ARE YOU KIDDING?


THEME MUSIC - Immediately after I got the FULL-TILT-WE-ARE-GO-GREEN-LIGHT-YOU-NOW-HAVE-A-DEADLINE-TO-DO-ALL-THIS from Alabama Public Television, I started the process of figuring out what EXACTLY my kids science tv show would LOOK and SOUND like. I had TONS of ideas. A friend of mine (who's a famous puppeteer and she had an even MORE FAMOUS puppeteer mom) gave me some very very GOOD advice. She (my friend) had won an Emmy for producing her Mom's kid TV show and she had some valuable insights into what makes a very good show for kids. One of the SUPER VALUABLE things she brought to my attention was the need for a THEME SONG that holds all the elements of a show together. I LOVE music, and it's a super-duper-important part of my shows, but I'd never really considered having a theme that could weave in and out of the whole episode. Realizing that there are "smart people" out there that want to help me MAKE GOOD STUFF, I remained open to this idea. The idea that I could have a STEVE TRASH SCIENCE THEME song stayed in the back of my mind as I toured and brainstormed the show. Months pass... and... Low and Behold... A professional musician, composer, and Bon Vi Vont... appeared in my life. Composer - Mark Pettey - had recently moved back to Alabama after a lifetime of globetrotting with various famous bands. He was open to creating something for the show. He was talented, smart, and willing to "give it a whirl". As he composed various ideas, I'd drop them into the timeline (of the video) and we'd see what worked and what did not work.  My original ideas simply did not work.  He’d make something and I’d put it in the timeline and I’d say… “you know… that’s what I asked for, but it TOTALLY does not work”.  And we’d try something else.  Eventually (through a bunch of trial and error) we came to a song that I'm simply OVER THE MOON happy with.   It’s so cool to call this song… the official - STEVE TRASH SCIENCE THEME SONG. It's actually got a bit of a Charlie Brown/Vince Guaraldi and Miles Davis Trio vibe to it, but MAKE NO MISTAKE... it totally rocks. As stressful and fear-inducing as the process of producing a TV show has been (and can be) I'm grateful for the many creatives that have made this project ROCK.  Thank you Mallory!  Thank you Mark for bringing some music magic to this project!  And now... onward... I've got to spend the next five hours making editing notes for my beloved editor.... Jim. Peace.   Oh yeah… By the way... in the picture… Mark is the one with the trumpet... I don't know who the other guy is. :) #thememusic #music #vinceguaraldi #milesdavis #stevetrashscience #apt #pbs #science #magicvsscience #sciencevsmagic #lambchop #sharilewis #mallorylewis #puppeteer #puppet Mark Pettey​ Mallory Lewis​

Friday, December 28, 2018

A LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE - CIRCA 1996




Christmas Tree 1996. Wayback in the day 1996–ish we (the Art Goddess and I) chose to have a live Christmas tree in our home at Frog Pond Manor. We decorated it. We lit it. We put gifts under it. We watered it. Then after the first of the year… we took it to the front yard and planted it.  All these years later - approximately 22 years - it’s lasted and lasted and lasted (it's 45 + feet tall) but, nature has finally run its course and it has died. Thank you beautiful Christmas Tree for all of the years of shade, beauty, oxygen, and being a home for countless blue birds.  And... thanks for the magic.  It was much appreciated.  #magic #christmastree #sweethomealabama #stevetrash #bluebird #nature #beauty #grateful #tree 

#frogpondstyle

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A BIG SIGH OF RELIEF

I breathed a BIG HUGE sigh of relief yesterday afternoon... As Andrew (my prop master) and I unloaded the last prop box into storage at FROG POND MANOR, a beautiful thought came to me.  All the raw footage for 20 episodes of STEVE TRASH SCIENCE are officially "in the can".   I've done it.  It's been my ONE overriding goal (except... don't die while touring extensively) since March of 2018 - when we got "the green light".   So a BIG HUGE thank you goes out to THE TRASH TEAM - Dianne, Danny, Morgan, Andrew, Damyon, William, Allison, Tim, Wes, and Lee - for working so hard to make it happen. It was quite an undertaking to get everything (plus 20 more episodes of STEVE TRASH SAYS - produced by Armosa Studios) all written, financed, covered by insurance, formatted, re-written, covered by contract, approved, science checked, re-written, numbered, planned, 650 visuals purchased, shot, recorded, re-labeled, backed-up, checked, and rechecked, in such a short period of time (all this jammed-in between my constant touring... of course). THANKS TRASH TEAM for working so hard on this project. Your good spirits and willingness to "pitch-in where needed" really really made things better.   This particular team gelled extremely well together and made the long days fun and enjoyable.  We now take a little "time-off" to enjoy family and friends, and MOST OF ALL... to rest. REST! We'll refill our tanks and then "jump back in" to editing at 4 Mile Post in the next few weeks. I hope you... MY READER FRIENDS... are all pleased with the final product and tune-in on Saturday mornings (or the APT app or Chromecast, AppleTV). We've worked very hard to "get it right"... I'm satisfied that we've done a "good" to "very good" job on this project.  I hope to inspire kids to love asking questions... using the scientific method... and develop a passion for the magic and wonder of the world around us.  We premiere on Alabama Public Television in June 2019

Friday, November 9, 2018

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - FIRE STARTERS EMBER IGNITERS AND TWO STUDY HALLS



I was a senior in high school. Life sucked. I didn’t want to be in school. I didn’t want to be in my crappy little hometown. I wanted to be out living a life of adventure and show business.  A teacher/counselor pulled me aside and commissioned me (2 study halls, but I HAD to stay in school) to write the Senior Play... I wrote a parody/tribute to Saturday Night Live (called Wednesday Morning Live).  It was fun.  We closed the entire show with fellow classmates recreating a LIVE version of #BohemianRhapsody music video onstage. Showbiz is my life now. Life does not suck. Here's to you GREAT TEACHERS.  Thank you for stepping in... because... here's the deal... Teachers really really matter. ‬So... teachers... don't give up!  Your work matters.  You are fire starters.  You are ember igniters.  You may not get to SEE the ember burst into flames, but it happens.  It happens thanks to your love, your attention, and your work.   #thankyou #gratitude #teacher #queen#bradshawhighschool #florencehighschool #seniorplay #teachersmatter#firestarters #emberigniters

Sunday, November 4, 2018

BE INTERNET AWESOME - THE GAME

GOT KIDS? Got GRANDKIDS? Well LISTEN UP... All our kids live in a multi-faceted-interconnected-digital-global-world. There's simply no choice. That's just HOW it is. Several episodes of STEVE TRASH SCIENCE (my new kids science show) will be about the science of "the digital world". We'll address how kids can be "safe" in the digital world. We'll address how to be "kind" in the digital world. It's important because... your kids.... your grandkids... live in a digital world. Whether you like it or not, they are digital citizens (if you're reading this... so are you). The rules for safety and kindness and responsibility in this digital world are challenging for us "non-natives" to understand... nonetheless.... in this NEW world, we must be stressing kindness, safety, responsibility and more. How can kids learn to be safe and kind and smart in the digital world? Digitally... of course! Google has created a game that kids can play and it rewards good digital citizenry. We'll be doing several episodes of my APT + PBS TV science show on these themes. Until then... play this game. Share this game with your kids. They'll have fun. You'll have fun. We'll all be better digital citizens. Now... go and be good. Be amazing. Don't be mean. https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en/interland