Bullying is not a new issue, and it’s one that gets my blood boiling. It’s also one we’ve seen in the news and online a lot recently.It’s always been tough to deal with and society isn’t making it any easier. For this reason, a bunch of authors have gotten together to do a blog hop today to raise awareness and to show our support of those being bullied. This of course had me thinking of a recent American Idol contestant.
James Durbin, who suffers from both Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourette’s Syndrome, and was bullied often, has found some great miracles. One was love. Another was music. He has found a way to overcome the bullying he faced when he was younger. He’s using his new career to bring awareness to the issue.
From James’ website: “Meanwhile, “Screaming,” co-written by James and ‘Idol’ Season 7 winner David Cook, tackles a very topical issue and that’s the epidemic of bullying that’s rampant among the youth of the nation and something Durbin himself experienced. “There are a lot of songs that look at and deal with being bullied and singled out, and that’s definitely one. We went at it with a ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ feel, but it’s about how there is light at the end of the tunnel.” Again, ‘Screaming’ could join ‘Higher Than Heaven’ and ‘Outcast’ as the rock anthems for the plugged in generation.”
James is a real hero, someone today’s kids should definitely look up to. Read the rest of James’ amazing story here.
Check out the rest of the blogs on today’s blog hop!
Mandy M. Roth | Yasmine Galenorn | Lauren Dane | Michelle M. Pillow
Kate Douglas | Shawntelle Madison | Melissa Schroeder | Jaycee Clark
Leah Braemel | Aaron Crocco | NJ Walters | Jax Garren | Shelli Stevens
Shawna Thomas | Ella Drake | E.J. Stevens | Ashley Shaw | Jeaniene Frost
Rachel Caine | Kate Rothwell | Jackie Morse Kessler | Jaye Wells | Kate Angell
Melissa Cutler | PT Michelle | Patrice Michelle | Julie Leto
Kaz Mahoney | Cynthia D’Alba | Jesse L. Cairns | TJ Michaels | Jess Haines
Phoebe Conn | Jessa Slade | Kate Davies | Lynne Silver | Taryn Blackthorne
Margaret Daley | Alyssa Day | Aaron Dries | Lisa Whitefern
Rhyannon Byrd | Carly Phillips | Leslie Kelly | Janelle Denison | Graylin Fox
Lee McKenzie | Barbara Winkes | Harmony Evans | Mary Eason | Ann Aguirre
Lucy Monroe | Nikki Duncan | Kerry Schafer | Ruth Frances Long