AXEL MANSOOR and ABHI THE NOMAD, “kids can be so stupid”
Readers of this blog know that the songs of Axel Mansoor have been a regular presence in these pages since 2017. He’s been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award, appeared on NBC’s “Songland”, and now, is the APP icon (below) for the latest social media sensation, the by invitation-only Clubhouse! Truth can be cutting but it can also soothe the minds of those who have their own variation of it, so if you want a hush to go over a room of people, then play “kids can be so stupid”.
To get directly to the point, it’s about being bullied at school as a child, and how those memories still play in our thoughts years and years later. The song is a relatable, totally understandable recollection, while in the back of my mind I can always think of my own parents talking with the parents of some of those kids. And they were the adults who supported their children’s bullying activities, creating immediate bad blood between families in the neighbourhood because of the attitude “it’s not my kid, it’s your kid”, despite the bullying often being about being short, fat, effeminate, brown, black, Asian, and so on. If you didn’t fit their mold, you were not only different, you were not welcome either. Even as time passes, the bullying continues… and guess what, those kid bullies grow up to be adult bullies too, who some of us have had the unfortunate experience of working with.
Axel’s simple and heartfelt way with words and melody, and the compelling rap from Austin’s Abhi The Nomad, are what make “kids can be so stupid” work so well.
So adults, don’t let your babies grow up to be bullies.
Be sure to watch for Axel Mansoor on the Clubhouse APP for the regular session called “The Lullaby Club”.