Only change will bring you out of the darkness

It seems to be a pretty quiet day. That might have something to do with the snowstorm hitting a significant percentage of the US, or the impending cold (frozen tundra??), but for me it’s just the last Friday morning of winter break, before we head into the January doldrums of school, first semester finals for my two oldest, my daughter’s 17th birthday (HOW did that happen?!?), and so on.

I was on Twitter this morning, and thanks to @askkatybook – I have something to share with my fellow music fans. You see, she found an article about this 12-year old boy who does music reviews on YouTube. He’s not a fan of any specific band, or any specific genre of music – he is simply a fan of music.┬áHere’s the article link.

I love Joshua’s exuberance and the sheer joy he shares for music. I wish I could capture just a little bit of that and put it into the reviews that I do for Daily Duranie, to be honest. There is something incredibly special to be gleaned from watching Joshua’s videos – and it’s refreshing to see the love for music being shared. It’s not about sales, it’s not about showing a certain level of musical articulation, and it’s not even really so much about being critical, either. The reviews come down to the basics of just sharing the joy of music. In a world where negativity seems to drive content (as well as response to content), it is truly a breath of fresh air to see positivity winning. I suppose that for Joshua, there just isn’t any point in reviewing something if he doesn’t like it – because to him, this is about what he likes, and what he recommends.

As a blogger, I’ve learned the power of writing a post that drives response as well as page views. I’ve very much seen what makes people react wildly. In our case, it sure isn’t the posts about how much we love Duran Duran. Think about that.

-R

2 thoughts on “Only change will bring you out of the darkness”

  1. The fact you and Katy mentioned him and what he does, with no mention instead on his “problem”, as a disabled one that I am too, to me is this the best reward, the best New Year gift.
    Thank you!

  2. My son is on the Autistic spectrum – he's very similar to Joshua in that he's high functioning, and to me – it's completely normal. My son is a normal kid, aside from the fact that he willingly spends 99% of his waking hours on the computer (if allowed…), and he doesn't go to a regular school, but instead does a sort of hybrid homeschool/regular school program. Yeah, Joshua has some quirks and so does my son, but so do I. It's all normal and I don't see them as disabled at ALL. Quite the opposite, actually! -R

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