Music with a message: Anti-bullying song tells kids 'be courageous'
A new song might have your tapping your feet, and the lyrics might get you thinking.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
CREATED Aug. 23, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A new song might have your tapping your feet, and the lyrics might get you thinking. The tune is part of an anti-bullying campaign that started in Tucson. KGUN9 headed into the recording studio for the story behind the message.
“You got to stand up,” the lyrics go. “When they come around and push you down, use the ground to stand up.”
The catchy song with an important message is about standing up to bullying.
The boy behind that message is Levi Fallavollita. The teen started an anti-bullying campaign from Vail with a book called The Good, the Bad and the Bullies.
A new book is on the way with stories from bullied kids around the country.
That book and the song share a name and a message for kids: "Be Courageous."
“Stand up. Be courageous. Be courageous for me,” the lyrics go.
Singer-songwriter Jake Coffin and others polished the song this week.
Fallavollita explained part of the message: “They just need to be able to stand up for their friends and also not to be afraid to tell a teacher and be able to stick up for people and themselves.”
“They have the power themselves to even say, 'Hey, that's enough,’” Coffin added. His band is Point and Clique.
Both hope the song is a good way to talk to kids about the ever-prevalent issue.
“Kids are so inclined to listen to music and this has a really nice rhythm, really nice beat,” said Levi’s mother, Chantel. “Then it sends a positive message.”
If you want a copy of the new book or the song, you'll have to wait. Fallavollita planned to release them in October, which is national anti-bullying month.