GREENWOOD - A Greenwood teenager is hoping the power of his music can reach teenagers across West Texas and he's using Youtube to spread his message.
Music is his passion and he believes it has the power to reach deep inside into a person and pull them out of any situation they may be going through.
"I feel like what all these people rap about, giving people false hope that they're doing all these things that aren't what your suppose to be doing. I want to make something that people could look at it and say, I know what he's doing. I've done that, I've been through that and it helps them through that. I know when I'm in a dark spot the only thing or way out is music. Music is medicine to me when I'm having a bad day, I listen to that song that turns that around," creator, Jared Salas, said.
He wrote his rap song 'Life Lessons.' They are lyrics of the struggles and the pressures many teens face today. Bumps in the path of life he too went through.
"Last summer I had a lot of problems, when I was a kid growing up, my dad one time we would talk about things, about my mom and dad would always be fighting. I always felt a typical kid felt it was my fault. I'm not going to lie to anybody, I did think about committing suicide. I even cut myself sometimes and I regret it looking back now," Salas said. "But when you're a kid, no matter what happens, things pile up on you and pile up on you and you don't know where to go. It's hard to talk to adults. It's why people need to tell friends. You need to talk to somebody, because holding it all in, it's never going to work out, problems don't fix themselves," Salas said.
Only 17-years-old and a junior at Greenwood High School, he says he's known teens that have dabbled with drugs, and even worse, have taken their own life. Salas says kids that come from single parent households often may face the greater struggles in their teenage lives.
"It's a really big problem here lately. It's not just like over a long time. It's gradually gotten worse. Like if it all hit this last couple of years with all the suicides. When I was told to look around and rap about something people could relate to, that's what I saw. I think my city needs it more," Salas said. "I hear rumors everyday. I know that some of them aren't true. I had rumors said about me. I know how it feels. So if anybody that is going through this, I'm here for you and I know how it feels and that's what this video is, a hand that is reaching out and pulling you out of the hole that you're in."