Autism Acceptance Month – Day 13 – Music

Music is amazing and I love it, as do most people on this planet. After thinking back to my childhood and teen years, I realized that I have always been quite odd in how I listen to my music. For instance, I tend to just listen to one band at a time. That will be the only band  that I listen for months on end if I get to be in charge of the music. And I am quite content to listen to music that way. If someone else is in charge of the music and they want to play many different bands in a row, I am fine with that too.

I’ve been on a Beatles kick since last fall. While I don’t listen to them constantly, whenever I do put on music it is them. One of my favorite songs of theirs is “Help”, as it reminds me of hitting autistic burnout. Here are a portion of the lyrics:

When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody’s help in any way
But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me, get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways
My independence seems to vanish in the haze
But every now and then I feel so insecure
I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before

I have many other favorite Beatles songs as well, but I won’t list them all today. I find I really enjoy listening to The Beatles while working on orders for my shop. The majority of their songs are also very fun to sing along to.

My other favorite band is Mindless Self Indulgence. Yes, they are drastically different sound-wise, but that is another great thing about music: there are so many different kinds to listen to! I have been a fan of MSI for about a decade now and have been to 5 of their concerts throughout the years. I also have many favorite songs of theirs, so I am not sure how to pick just one.

Other musicians I have liked throughout the years include Green Day, Gorillaz, Eminem, and many others. When I was even younger I really liked Hanson, N-Sync, and Aaron Carter (I saw him in concert twice). During pre-school and kindergarten I would only listen to classical, as I wanted to be a ballerina.

Also when I was small my parents would sometimes take me on tour with them, so I have also seen the Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band in concert. I don’t really have much memory of them, besides lots and lots of people.

There was also a period in my mid-20’s where I didn’t listen to music much at all; mainly because I lived with multiple people and didn’t want to bother them. So I would just sit in quiet and work on things. But I am very happy that I can enjoy music again without worry.


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