A chat with Agelikki
05/08/2012 4 Comments
There is a song which should encourage all of us to celebrate our differences. A song which acknowledges that everybody is individual as people and that a truly personal set of abilities is something we all possess.
Does such a thing sound possible to you? Can it be comprehended that such a strong message can be delivered through a piece of music?
Agelikki, a female singer and songwriter from Chicago, United States believes that music is the best way to instill a positive belief in those who hear it.
Describing herself as “uniquely familiar”, she is offering a sound which may sound like something that you’ve heard before. The difference comes in the messages that she shares with music lovers, however, and there are also carefully chosen listeners who may take more of a confidence boost from her lyrics than others.
Be Unique, a song that was written and recorded by Agelikki as a sign of support for children of her friends, is a celebration of their skills and personalities that shine through in daily life. They are all autistic, but it doesn’t stop them from achieving.
They are all strong, and this is something which Agelikki has chosen to champion through the power of song.
On her inspiration behind Be Unique, Agelikki says: “The message behind the song is to embrace what makes us all different.
“Each of us is unique, just like our fingerprints. Every individual is one of a kind and I believe this is something we should all embrace, celebrate and be proud of.
“Be Unique was written for the children in my life who are on the spectrum. I was inspired to write a song for them and for autism awareness and in the process it became clear that this song can pertain to really anyone.
“We have all felt different or out of place at one time or another. These types of feelings can be greatly magnified for those people on the spectrum or for those who are challenged in any way.”
As the song injects a dose of positivity to those who hear it, a great amount of encouraging feedback has been offered in return.
Full of happiness for Be Unique’s reaction, Agelikki says: “I am humbled beyond expression, knowing that it is uplifting and encouraging people.
“I’ve been approached by children and adults alike, who are on the spectrum, as well as their parents, loved ones and professionals who are involved in the autism community.
“It has also touched many people who aren’t on the spectrum, just simply because it offers them a good feeling about being who they are.”
Would there be an interest in buying Be Unique though? Does it have a selling point or should it simply be available for free on YouTube?
For Agelikki, earning money from the song is an appealing opportunity but this would be put to good use.
She says: “Ideally I would like to team up with a foundation, or create my own, and have proceeds go towards perhaps maybe a scholarship fund and my mindset is on the transitional periods in life, where children are young.
“I want to contribute in this way, to maybe help create programs that assist during those stages.”
A lot of passion for celebrating the achievements that people with autism can accomplish is clear to see. There is a lot of pride in Agelikki’s heart which comes through in the message behind Be Unique and in its lyrics.
Her commitment to promoting the bright side of autistic behaviour is something that will not burn out for Agelikki and by supporting those who deal with autism, her efforts are highly commendable.
She believes that it is her vow to make promotion a significant part of her life’s work and because of this, I believe we all should thank her.