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My Au-some Autism Playlist

“Music expresses that which cannot be said, and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

We all find ways of coping with the challenges of Spectrum life.  I run, I write.  I pray a lot.  Music is also pretty high on my list.

When the love I feel for my children  – the joy, the fears, the admiration, the protectiveness – builds up inside me to the point that it is inexpressible with mere words, I turn to music.  Maybe it’s a sad song that mirrors my fears, or a rousing anthem that spurs me toward my next goal.  Maybe it's one of those angry songs that rails at the inequities in life.  But if a song grabs my heart, it's because it has expressed something that mere words cannot.

These are those songs – it’s my Au-some Autism Playlist.  While they don’t all, word for word, match every emotion I have felt during the past six years since we were diagnosed, they do represent a nice spectrum of feelings that, to me, represent what’s most important in this journey – Love, acceptance, bravery, determination and spirit.

What songs are on your list?


I'LL STAND BY YOU by The Pretenders

BRAVE by Josh Groban

PARADISE by Coldplay


I'LL BE THERE by Jackson 5

IT'S TIME by Imagine Dragons

HOW SOON IS NOW? by The Smiths

YOU'LL BE IN MY HEART by Phil Collins

TRUE COLORS by Cyndi Lauper

GOLD by Owl City


I would love to hear about the songs on your list!

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