A Teen’s View of Hope and Change: A Song

by Kimberly on May 19, 2009 · 1 comment

I have been working with an adolescent boy for the past three months. “Joey” is a laid-back and friendly teenager who takes awhile to open up. He has a history of making poor decisions; he used to be in a gang, was involved in minor theft, and used to huff paint. Joey was recently paroled after finishing a stint in a juvenile facility.

We wrote a song this spring based on his life over the past couple of years, and his hopes for his future. I wanted to share this song with you. The words are powerful and Joey is open with his feelings. He begins the song by venting his frustrations: with adults, with himself, with his family, and with his treatment. He ends the song on a hopeful note, determined that he is going to change and turn his life around.

We spent 6 weeks working on this song. Joey was involved in every part of the process and it is truly his song: his words, his mood, his music. We hope you enjoy.

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Roia May 21, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Thanks for sharing the song! Joey, I wish you peace and hope on your journey!

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