Uncasing a metallic gray Ibanez guitar, Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band plugged it into his amp while listening to the “oohs” and “aahs” of his pre-K audience.
“It’s pretty scary. I almost feel more comfortable stepping out in front of 40,000 adults than I do a room of 12 kids,” he said at World Language Academy Wednesday.
Bowles then read his fourth children’s book “Behind the Little Red Door” in celebration of the Georgia Pre-K’s 25th year. He read the story Wednesday, April 18, at World Language Academy and Mundy Mill Academy.
When playing the guitar, Bowles used the whammy bar to imitate a robot and talked to the children about practice.
“I would sit in my room and I would take my guitar and play stuff over and over and over until I got where I was good at it, and then I would learn something else. I would practice it, and I would practice something else until I got to where I practiced a lot of different stuff. And then that allowed me to be able to play music for a living,” he said.
Coy Bowles Visits World Language Academy
The book was published in partnership with Bright From the Start, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. It will be distributed to 84,000 school children in Georgia.
Bowles said the inspiration for the book came from his great aunt, who put a small door on an attic room that became the grandchildren’s playroom.
“I would go over to her house and there would be this little, tiny door and all this giant furniture. There’s no way it could fit through the door. Even when I was like these kids’ age — like 4 and 5 — I’d just get my mind blown, this room that was made for us,” he said.
Teaching the children about imagination, Bowles’ book focuses on a little red door and going to any place their hearts desired.
When asked where they would go, the World Language Academy kids responded with space, the moon, the beach — to get ice cream — as well as using it to get toys or a rocket ship.
Bowles said he would like to get more ingrained with the education system and helping teachers.