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"A Little Bit Longer" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single is written by Nick Jonas, and is about his own personal experience living with diabetes. Although there's nothing morbid or detailed about the disease, there is one line that says "waiting on a cure/but none of them are sure." This might raise some questions from younger kids, but will probably go right over their heads.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
As if the unstoppable, adorable mop-haired brothers brunette aren't endearing enough, they've now given us a sweet but sad heart-tugging ballad about Nick's issues with diabetes. It features Nick on the piano, his youthful vocals belting out heartfelt lyrics about a mature topic. His personal experience resonates when he sings, "You don't know what you got 'til it's gone/and you don't know what it's like to feel so low/and every time you smile you laugh, you glow." It's a good way to slow down from their otherwise pop-rock and is balanced out with easy guitar and drums. Fans will definitely be rooting for Nick as he sings, "So I'll wait 'til kingdom come/all the highs and lows are gone/a little bit longer/and I'll be fine."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that Nick Jonas is writing and singing about something so personal. Do you think his honesty and vulnerability could help his fans who might also be dealing with health or personal issues themselves? How? Do you think it is a good idea for artists to sing about such things?