Bill Schilling is a born traveller who has driven across the country 10 times. Although he has spent over half his life in Northeastern Ohio, he has also lived on Cape Cod, in the Pacific Northwest, and in the desert Southwest. He has backpacked, hiked, and camped in 30 of our national parks and many other natural areas in all four seasons. He enjoys sharing his remarkable photography of these regions and of other subjects with his audiences, drawing on his collection of over 25,000 slides in the unique combination of pictures and folk-style music which is Bill Schilling's Slides, Songs, & Stories.
The actual program utilizes a cassette tape which controls a dissolve unit with two or more slide projectors for flowing, interesting changes between slides, not the harsh changes associated with single projector shows. The tape also includes recorded performances of Bill on various instruments and vocals, sometimes joined by other musicians including Carol Gaj. Bill's live performances add to the tapes by highlighting instruments, giving extra information about his photography, and allowing him to add elements of his concert performances.
The spectacular programs of Schilling's Slides, Songs, & Stories are available when lighting, time, space, and other conditions permit. While designed to run about an hour, times can be adjusted to meet your needs. Complete performances of the slide programs use a member of your group following simple directions to operate the equipment. Present slide programs include The Land Knows You're There, National Parks, What a Wonderful World, and Christmas Carols and More. If and Scenes & Views of Home are the next ones in line to be developed. Check to see if they are far enough along for your program if they sound most interesting to you,
If is a journey into the world of
creativity using songs from the real world and fantasy worlds. Most of the
songs in the program have an important "if . . ." clause. When
compared with the other programs, the songs here are generally slower and more
thought-provoking. Thus, this program may be more appropriate for older or
family audiences than for young audiences. However, since the program was also
developed to provide inspiration for students in schools involved in creative
writing units, it may be appropriate for all ages of students in those schools.
The slide shows include
The Land Knows You're There concentrates
on the idea that one person can make a difference in the world. Environmental
issues and endangered species are included in slide shows that range from the
sky-blue waters and waterfalls in the land of the Havasupai (a side canyon of
National Parks helps the audience to discover the beauty, wonder, and importance of up to 30 of our national parks that Bill has been lucky enough to travel through (in many ways) and to photograph. The songs that accompany the slides are ones that Bill has associated with particular parks. The journey includes some fun times and emphasizes geography as maps are used to show where the parks are located, and the viewers find out what the areas are like.
Scenes & Views of Home is Bill's
attempt to share some of the interesting perspectives of the area of
What a Wonderful World journeys to several
parts of the
Christmas Carols & More features Bill leading a sing-along of many favorite Christmas carols (with his live and taped accompaniment) with photography of Christmas scenes of decorations in churches, malls, and elsewhere including many creche scenes with the scenes fitting the mood of each song. Bill also uses some other songs and selected slide shows from his other programs relating them all to the Christmas theme (and still allowing the audience to get to know some of the natural world photography that makes Bill's programs special).
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