Here’s an original song and music video from a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Eric Barao writes and sings on the single.
Junior high and high school are tough transitions for most people; bullying is one of the more extreme ways some experience this period.
Eric’s video didn’t start out as a plea for arts education, but I can see how important it was to the artist to have a way to express something meaningful to him and to reach out to kids who are having a hard time. When we cut choir, band, orchestra, jazz band, visual art, ceramics, literary journals, school newspapers, theatre departments, dance, and other arts education from our public schools because test-driven teaching crowds them out, we’re depriving young people of important ways of expressing themselves at times when they might need it the most.
Thanks for the song, Eric!