Jim’s work in schools began in 1980 when he was invited to by an administrator to create a “Friendship Workshop” in a troubled school, and to write a song that would “help us learn to get along.” The song Rainbow Planet was born. The workshop was so successful that Jim was soon traveling to schools throughout Washington state where he wove children’s words and feelings into songs, helping them feel special about themselves. He now travels around the world presenting workshops and concerts to children, teachers and families.
Jim has been entertaining audiences most of his life. Indeed, the parents and grandparents of many of Jim’s current young fans may have danced and sung along with his music way back when. Nicknamed “Harpo,” Jim was the lead guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders during the group’s peak of popularity in the mid sixties.