The Musical Artists

Ollabelle (One Went Missing)

"All of us in Ollabelle have friends or family who've been affected by autism, so it was very important to us to contribute to the Songs of the Spectrum. We hope you like, and we hope you buy it and we hope this helps raise awareness about autism."

--Fiona McBain


Richard Julian (Diagnosis)

"What an interesting AND important project! Great musicians too.  It was a pleasure."

 


The Cucumbers (Shiny House)

"If you'd told me several years ago when I began writing these songs with John, at a time when his son James seemed lost in almost unreachable depths of autism, that James would end up not only understanding what this project was about and be able to talk about his own autism – or really talk about anything at all – but then write his own lyrics and recite them in my basement studio, I would have said no way. Not a chance. It happened last night."

--Jon Fried

"Nothing gets you inside and understanding someone else's thoughts and emotions quite like a song.  For me, these songs illuminate a complex reality, both painful and joyful, and full of hope and moments of despair and frustration.  There's a universality to the lyrics that goes far beyond the experience of life with autism, and at the same time, describes that life with clarity, wisdom and deep feeling."

--Deena Shoshkes


Kelly Flint (Hide and Seek)

"I had the privilege of singing Hide and Seek for the SingSOS album. I'd like to dedicate my performance to my son Benjamin, who has high functioning autism and is the light of my life and the apple of my eye. I wrote a book with my son Ben that'll be out on TellMe Press sometime in 2010. The title of the book is Love, Ben. It is not a book about curing or fixing or changing my son, but rather it is about accepting and protecting and appreciating the special perspective he brings to the world."


Marshall Crenshaw (Understanding)

"I was happy to get involved with this enterprise, partly because of a family member, my niece Lia, who's a very sweet child (and growing...).  I dug the song, and the spirit behind the song, and the spirit behind the project as a whole."

 


Teddy Geiger (Afraid (My Brother's Cries))

"I heard the song 'Afraid' and it really got me thinking about all of the uncertainty and questions autism can bring to the forefront of a family's daily life. These are some real honest songs! I'm very glad to have been a part of this project."


Christina Courtin (If It Were His Legs)

"To be completely honest, I was a little stunned by the literal tone of this song when it was first presented to me.  As it lingered in my head, I began to really like the forward nature of the lyrics and the melody that at first seemed too uplifting. It dawned on me that maybe this is what people need to hear in order to understand the seriousness of autism.
I am so happy and honored to be a part if this project. I hope with this record we can reach out and really make some lives brighter."


Dar Williams (House on Fire)

"I was nervous when I put these songs into my CD player.  How could people who felt so close to the understanding and treatment of autism find the energy, time, and talent to write music that stood up as...music?  It's wonderful music. It's riveting.  Autism presents as a spectrum, but so do parental responses to autism, and it's true art to show so many honest perspectives."

 


Ari Hest (Treatment)

"I was thrilled to be involved in the making of the SingSOS album! It was a real treat to work with the musicians and writers who were involved in the recording and I believe this album will inspire everyone who hears it."


Jackson Browne and Valerie Carter (Day After Day)

"I love that song."

-- Jackson Browne


Jonatha Brooke (When You Grow Up)

"I was immediately drawn to the song I recorded for the SOS project. It's daunting enough to imagine any child's future– how will she fare in the world? Will he be fulfilled? Will her spirit be fed? How will he reach his goals? Singing about that future for an autistic child, someone so precious and vulnerable was that much more powerful. I am very hopeful that these stories will reach many people and many hearts."

 


Don Dixon and Marti Jones (He's Coming Back)

Marti: We're happy to be part of SingSOS.
Don: This is an excellent opportunity to understand the unique challenges and gifts of kids who are on the autism spectrum.
Marti: Our daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's when she was nine. She's 18 now, and there have been a lot of times when her behavior has been misunderstood.
Don: Please join us and all of the great musicians who are a part of SingSOS as we try to shed some light on the issues that face our kids.


Dan Bern and Mike Viola (It's Time)

"It was great to be part of this project. It's a fine bunch of songs for a stellar purpose, and it was great to sing one of the songs. Mike Viola and I stood around a single microphone and banged it out. It felt like the right way to do it. No bells & whistles, just bangin and stompin and singin. Hope people hear these songs and get on board!!!"

--Dan Bern

James O'Neil (My Perspective)

Autism is quite a misunderstood disability, and there are many types on the spectrum. People with autism have a variety of talents, first off. What gets other people frustrated is that they don't understand that people with autism have social difficulties. And autism is not one disability as opposed to a disability like ADD. There are many different kinds of autism.

The experience of autism is similar to the strengths and weaknesses of Achilles. Achilles was a very strong warrior in physical and mental ability yet he did have social problems. He was very smart in his academics, and he was all invincible except for his heel. Just like I am and most people with HFA are, they are very physically strong and they are gifted in a certain area of academics. But they have weaknesses, too.

People everywhere should be more open to people who have social problems. It's cruel how they are quite discriminated against. They speak language but the context is a bit different. People who don't have autism should be more open minded and respectful of people who have autism.

I think SingSOS can help people understand autism from both points of view - from with autism and a person without autism. This is through music rather than other stuff. I've expressed myself through writing and art. My father has expressed his feelings about me through lyrics. I can define myself as a lot of different things

For more information or to get involved with "Our Voices, Our Vision,'' contact us at info@singsos.org.