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.