Dave Matthews recently teamed up with Sesame Street’s Grover to sing a little ditty about feelings and how sometimes we just can’t seem to express them.
(Oh, come on. You knew it was coming.)
The video begins with Dave and Grover realizing both of them are “feeling a feeling that’s not a very good feeling,” but neither really knows what to call the feeling.
Dave: “You know what we need?”
Dave: (*sneaky little Dave smile*) “A song.”
Check out the video after the jump.
Sometimes, words just can’t express ourselves–or how we feel–with words.
Not immediately, at least.
During their song, Dave Matthews and Grover realize they’ve found the words to express how they’re feeling today. Grover is angry and sad because his wish for a rocket ship doesn’t come true; Dave is jealous because he isn’t a superhero like Grover*.)
At the end of the song, Dave and Grover realize they can’t always help the way they’re feeling, and they definitely won’t always feel happy.
They found a way–lyrics and music–to figure out and express how they’re feeling.
Obviously, this was a great lesson for children, but to my adult readers:
How do YOU figure out how to you’re feeling when you just can’t find the words? How do you express those feelings?
Spend some time this week thinking about it. Do you turn to art? Sculpting and drawing and painting? Maybe you write stories or songs. Maybe you sing, too, or play an instrument.
What health ways do you learn to express how you’re feeling?
(This post is dedicated to my good friend Laura Bzowy, who not only is one of the best superheroes I know, but also one of the biggest Grover fans. Check out Studio de Chaos, where she teaches combining learning music with storytelling.)