Expressing Yourself


2014-0519 Bars and MelodyThese singers received a standing ovation for their performance, but that alone is not why I chose to share the following video. Many performers receive standing ovations. What separates the performers in the following video from many other performers is the ones in the video are teenagers who sing about a topic, bullying, many adults ignore. We tend to face verbal, rather than physical, bullying in our community — but it is still bullying.




Thanks to Esther for sharing the video with me; Britain’s Got Talent for providing the teenage singers from Bars & Melody an opportunity to share their talent; Bars & Melody for spending the time to create and rehearse their song and demonstrating the courage to share their opinions about bullying; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.


    1. Esther, I have now read the article you referenced in your comment. I agree with the author there are many benefits to journaling. Perhaps, there are even benefits that have not been discovered yet. The author also mentioned some people disagree with the conclusions of studies based on electronic journaling. Some researchers believe a “like” or an emoticon reflect positive thoughts in journaling. I disagree. Sometimes, people use a “like” or an emoticon when they do not have any emotion about a subject. For example, some people use a “like” or an emoticon when they are too tired to open an article, read nothing more than the title of an article, or when they are simply being polite. I’m not suggesting this is always true, but I am suggesting that studies should not be based on a misguided belief that a “like” or an emoticon are a real display of emotion, feeling, thought, or attitude. ~ Scott

  1. Leondre Devries. wanted to feel accepted,” even when he was getting jumped by a group of boys who waited for him, then tripped, punched, and kicked him.” He lied to his parents about his bruises, telling them they were football injuries. He would later sit and sob on his own, pouring out his misery into the songwriting he used as an escape. Finally, when it was too much to take he spoke up. His parents moved him to a new school where he gained new found confidence from no longer being constantly watched and picked on.

    It was “journaling” that gave Leondre comfort. Years before he moved to the new school, he states writing it all down as it was happening was his escape. It was those very words in his journal he later used for his anti-bulling rap.

    Some text in my comment was written by Melissa Thompson and published on walesonline,

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