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HIGH SCHOOL. ::cringe:: High School was quite possibly the most uncomfortable time of my life... oh, you too?! When you're a bi-racial kid (Filipino/Caucasian) that looks Latina, but doesn't speak Spanish, you're not Asian enough, White enough, and definitely not Spanish enough to sit at any of those lunch tables... so what is an awkward teenage girl to do? Learn how to be proud of herself, alone, somehow...? Join the math team? Join the band geeks?

If Caleb Hawley played "Little Miss Sunshine" with the marching band at my pep rallies, school would have been much more bearable. Featuring a drum line and trumpets throughout to set the "schoolhouse vibe", Hawley's empathetic and assuring voice tells us that we should never try to be somebody we're not. He tells us his personal story about not fitting in... HE GETS IT! It's like talking to a dear friend that's just as awkward as you are, but has somehow got it all figured out. YOU GO CALEB... I'll be signing up for your Staircase Rollerblading Club as soon as spots open up!

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Belinda M. - Music to Curator

Named after Belinda Carlisle, solo artist and lead singer for The Go-Gos, making music has always been second nature to Belinda M. Growing up in a household that was largely influenced by Filipino culture, it was impossible for her to avoid belting out a few tunes into a karaoke mic at an early age. After her parents discovered she could play piano by ear at age 4, lessons promptly began.  She later started writing poetry and playing guitar, which eventually lead to her becoming a singer/songwriter.  

For Belinda, writing and listening to music has always been an essential creative outlet and place of solace. She released her debut EP, “I’m Not Broken” in October 2016, and continues to write and release new music. Her lyrics have been recognized by “American Songwriter Magazine” and her music is featured on the award-winning “Women Of Substance Radio and Podcast.” Check out Belinda’s music and learn more at www.belindammusic.com

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