Music with autism

Whenever I think about my son and music, I always sort of chuckle. He likes music and sometimes he sings along but he quickly gets embarrassed if I notice. I must say this article was quite intriguing when I read it.

The young man here play’s guitar in a band despite the fact that he puts himself in what seems to be an uncomfortable position a lot of the times. The article is entitled “What it’s Like to be a Guitarist with Autism” by Tom Bak over at The Mighty. One of those articles that makes me think.

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Autism Librarian

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Hallelujah

I don’t normally talk about people who have passed on during the holidays but I must say, I learned a lot about the musician Leonard Cohen and the songs he wrote over at my community radio station 88.1 kdhx after his death earlier this year.

So consequently, when this story came up, I was amazed yet again by his work. This story and video over at Autism Speaks entitled “Girl with autism shines singing holiday version of ‘Hallelujah’” is amazing and so is her voice. Enjoy!

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Autism Librarian

I hope you dance

As I begin to wind down reading Paul Daugherty’s amazing book An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter, he mentioned a song that I’m familiar with called I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack.

So after I got home from having dinner with a good friend of mine whose son also has autism (and someone who I’ve had the good fortunate to talk with many times) I came home and started playing it over and over. I hope all my kids choose to dance.

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Autism Librarian

Opera, on the other side of the world

So yes, I don’t live in Australia but, I like what they’re doing in regards to opera music and kids with autism and sensory disorders. There is a nice article on the program entitled “Australia’s Victorian Opera Offers ‘Relaxed’ Preformances for Children with Autism and Sensory Disorders” by Marni Fogelson-Teel at Inhabitots.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian