VIDEO: Acclaimed Musician Plays for Kids
David Polansky's animal songs and others amuse many at the North Reading library.
David Polansky said his career started when he was 13, playing duets with his brother. Today at 66, Polansky takes a solo show across the state for children and adults.
"What I'm doing is making people smile," said Polansky.
Polansky brings an assortment of songs including originals like "Alligator," a song whose idea came from Polansky's three year-old son (now 36). From that song sprouted an album of animal songs, now used in some natural history museums to teach kids about animals.
But Polansky's music doesn't just cater to kids, he gave Patch a listen to an old favorite from the 1930s, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." In addition to traditonal functions and big band concerts, Polansky visits nursing homes to do the same kind of show (different music of course) he does with kids, a show to get the audience involved and smiling.
Polansky said he loves his job.
"I don't have to work in an environment where people are unhappy or so worried about the bottom line that they can't have a good time."