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[Photos taken at the Gypsy Temple “Pick a Number” video and single release show at Seatle all-ages venue, The Vera Project. Pictured L-R: Cameron Lavi-Jones and Wilson Rahn, AKA wilsonlikethevolleyball]
…continued from Part 1 where wilsonlikethevolleyball shares his history with music, thoughts about how music connects with mind wellness, and he delves into the meaning of my favorite song, “Tell Me I’ll Be Fine.” Read Part 1 and listen to the song! Or read Part 2 first. That’s cool, too.


What would you tell teens who currently struggle with mental health issues, or who struggle with negative feelings, like feeling invisible, unloved, not good enough etc.? 

Well, the first and most frustrating piece of advice I think I can give is that loving yourself is more important than anything else. Something I currently struggle with is that I never want to be alone because I don’t like hanging out with myself. This is destructive and it will tear you apart.

Try to find something you have in common with your negative self, and for me its 100% music. Both happy Wil and sad Wil can get down to some djent metal, so I listen to djent metal — helps me love myself just a bit more each time.

Also, just know that what you put out into the world will circle back to you; it can be really hard to hear when you feel awful and you don’t know how to be happy in the moment, but people will definitely be more excited when you are excited.

If you can find that one thing that pulls you even just a bit out of whatever hole you are currently climbing out of, do it. Feeling better weirdly and frustratingly begins with simply feeling better. Whatever stimulus you need to kick-start that, find it.

TMRW aims to dispel the ageist perspective of teens as being “lazy,” “dramatic,” “overly-sensitive” etc. Do you have any words to counter this pervasive perspective? 

Oh yeah, 100%. We wouldn’t be “lazy,” “dramatic,” or “overly-sensitive” if we weren’t taught by everything around us that we weren’t worthy of love, praise, or acceptance if we didn’t completely overwork ourselves.

Modern capitalism and consumerism force our parents to overwork themselves makes our teachers tired, tells us that we have to start thinking about college as 15-year-olds, and all the while telling us we’re lucky to live in America. Growth doesn’t occur in a pressure chamber.

What do you think teens have to offer the community?

Teens of 2018 are doing their best to learn how to live from each other because the models we were given are broken and depressing. Its hard but, hopefully, we can be a model for future generations that strength is not in the knowing, it’s in the finding.

Describe your music and/or musical identity with 3 words and 2 emojis.

Emo
Passion
Digital
pink rose emojiblue butterfly emoji


This is my second favorite wilsonlikethevolleyball song. You should listen to it.


Check out more music by wilsonlikethevolleyball: wilsonlikethevolleyball.weebly.com 


Tell Me I’ll Be Fine :: Lyrics

Sleep takes me slowly from my toxic energy
Cleanses me
Fall through the frequencies till muscle lethargy
I’m ready

I felt so balanced and so clear
These past two weeks I didn’t fear
My demons thirsty
It’s so easy to explore your soul
When you don’t care about the answers
And so, begins the cancer

And I’m improving all the time
Could someone please inform my mind
Cause all it points out are my failures

And when I’m begging to unwind
And empty bottles seem too kind
I have to ask of you one favor
Tell me I’ll be fine

Desperately clinging to my last epiphany
Feel it escape me
Descending swiftly through my caustic symphony
My burning building

I felt so balanced and so clear

Don’t let me slip back into fear

My demons thirsty
It’s so easy to ignore your soul
When you are riddled with distractions
And so, begins inaction

And I’m improving all the time
Could someone please inform my mind
Cause all it points out are my failures

And when I’m begging to unwind
And empty bottles seem too kind
I have to ask of you one favor
Tell me I’ll be fine
Tell me I’ll be fine
Tell me I’ll be fine


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