Stuttering Lazaro Arbos follows his dream

He was stuttering so bad during the introduction that he couldn’t not complete a sentence and Mariah Carey has to help him to complete the song title “Bridge Over Troubled Water” that he was trying hard to utter; but when he sang, the stutter-free rendition of impressed the judges.

Watch this emotional audition:


Today Lazaro Arbos follows his dream of being a performer by auditioning for American Idol judges, what about you?

I hope you too will follow and realize your dream.  More importantly, don’t get discouraged when things are not all rosy.

 “I always tell my parents and myself, things are not good now, but you can’t let things get you down….you have to keep going” — Lazaro Arbos


I want to finish this post by sharing with you this poem:


 Follow Your Dream

Follow your dream.
Take one step at a time and don’t settle for less.
Just continue to climb.
Follow your dream.

If you stumble, don’t stop and lose sight of your goal.
Press to the top.
For only on top can we see the whole view
Can we see what we’ve done and what we can do
Can we then have the vision to seek something new
Press on.
Follow your dream.

— Amanda Bradley


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Just in case you are curious (like me) why he didn’t stutter when he sings, here I found the answer:

Why do some people stutter when they speak, but don’t have a problem when they sing?
There are a few reasons why people who stutter don’t do so when they sing. One is called easy onset of speech, or easy voice, or smooth speech. This describes the way you sing. Think about it – you generally use a smoother and easier voice when you’re singing versus when you’re speaking. Speech therapists actually use the easy onset strategy when helping people who stutter.

Another reason why a person may not stutter while singing is because words are more prolonged (and less apt to be stumbled over) when they’re sung rather than spoken. Music is an activity in which you use the right side of the brain (language uses the left), so when you sing music, you’re no longer using your left brain (and probably no longer stuttering).

The bottom line is this: Whenever a child or adult who stutters talks differently than the way he usually does, he will be fluent. That includes using a stage voice or a foreign accent or dialect, whispering, singing, speaking to a rhythmic beat, using ‘baby talk’ and speaking at a lower or higher pitch than normal. Besides sounding and feeling unnatural, however, these ‘tricks’ rarely produce long-term fluency.

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