Seymour brings 'Christmas rock out' to library
by Laura Nation-Atchison
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Mark Seymour has musical and entertaining messages for youngsters in his presentations, and comes to Talladega’s Armstrong-Osborne Library Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to give a holiday program.
Mark Seymour has musical and entertaining messages for youngsters in his presentations, and comes to Talladega’s Armstrong-Osborne Library Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to give a holiday program.
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He’s a walking, talking and singing, drum playing one man show with a big message for youngsters, and he’s coming to Talladega just in time to tune up some Christmas spirit.

Talladega’s Armstrong-Osborne Library is the place and the date is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a return visit from musical motivator Mark Seymour.

Library staffers call it a great “Christmas rock out,” and that’s what youngsters can expect from the evening.

Seymour has more than 25 years working in the music business and says his intention is to do more than provide entertainment, although that part is important as well.

“Entertaining is always fun, but to encourage and demonstrate character building skills and other important elements of life is important to me, too,” he said.

Seymour has written more than 400 songs, which have been used for his programs. He got his start playing the drums at the early age of 5.

“My shows have a special message to kids to ‘Be At Their Best,’ he said. “I try to motivate kids to be the best they can be at all things and to have good character.”

Seymour has lived in Alabama since 2000 and has performed for many schools, churches and youth organizations all over Alabama.

“Kids always have fun at my show because they see me having so much fun,” he said. “And really, I do. I believe that kids can sense if someone is genuine about certain things, and being passionate about music just spills out of me.”

Seymour and his wife, a public school principal, have two school-age children of their own.

“I believe I understand many of the challenges educators face as they seek to provide outstanding educational opportunities for students,” he said.

Seymour was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., where he grew up with a number of country music stars and their sons and daughters. He played drums for performers that include Kitty Wells, Lorrie Morgan, Percy Sledge and many others.

Seymour plays close to 70 percussion instruments, using a variety of them in his presentations, which involve student sing alongs and talking about positive life lessons.

“Music and humor are such wonderful vehicles to show students that learning can be fun,” he said.

There is no charge to attend the program.