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SingSOS: Songs of the Spectrum

by Various Artists

Songs about life with autism with lyrics by a father of a boy on the autism spectrum. A full range of emotions: from despair to joy. All proceeds to charity.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One Went Missing
4:34 $0.99
2. Diagnosis
Richard Julian
3:44 $0.99
3. Shiny House
The Cucumbers
3:50 $0.99
4. Hide and Seek
Kelly Flint
3:28 $0.99
5. Understanding
Marshall Crenshaw
3:39 $0.99
6. Afraid (My Brother's Cries)
Teddy Geiger
4:55 $0.99
7. It It Were His Legs
Christina Courtin
3:07 $0.99
8. House on Fire
Dar Williams
4:00 $0.99
9. Treatment
Ari Hest
3:42 $0.99
10. Day After Day (Dr. Maturin's Daughter)
Jackson Browne & Valerie Carter
3:25 album only
11. When You Grow Up
Jonatha Brooke
3:31 $0.99
12. He's Coming Back
Don Dixon & Marti Jones
3:47 $0.99
13. It's TIme
Dan Bern & Mike VIola
3:58 $0.99
14. My Perspective
James O'Neil
0:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Our Mission

To use the power of music to raise awareness, funds and spirits in the struggle against autism spectrum disorders.

We seek to raise awareness, because true help will not arrive until society at large understands more about this baffling disease, and the life-altering power of early detection and intensive treatment.

We seek to raise funds for the struggle, because the resources on hand are not yet a match for the work to be done.

We seek to raise spirits because the parents involved face an isolating and dispiriting fight. Building a sense of hope, community and more widespread understanding is vital to sustaining and advancing their efforts.

We Sing SOS — Songs of the Spectrum — not only to sound an alarm, but to rally an effective national response.
Why Sing SOS?

The Need:

The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders has soared over the last decade. Before 1990, children with autism were so rare that schools did not even count them. A year ago, over 190,000 students were officially categorized as suffering from autism; experts suspect that many thousands more are counted under other headings.

While advocacy groups have won increases in federal spending for research and are raising increasing amounts of money themselves, autism remains a poorly funded disorder compared with rarer childhood conditions. And while schools and pediatricians are doing a better job of finding and treating cases, the CDC estimates that half of affected children are diagnosed after the window of opportunity for most effective treatment has closed, and experts in the field estimate that as many as 80 percent of affected children get treatment that falls short of recommended minimums.

What We Bring To The Cause:

There have been many CDs made for charity. Most of them are collections of songs with no relation to the cause, though there have been a few that include songs that performers have written specifically for those projects. But we know of no other CD that takes a unified set of songs on a specific subject by writers steeped in the experience, and puts them in the hands of some of the best vocalists and song interpreters of their generation.

The songs attempt the impossible: to describe the experience of autism from the point of view of the parent and the child, and to go where that experience goes: into despair, hope, exhaustion, exhilaration, awe, anger, bitterness, determination and gratitude. If there is a single message in the body of work, it's that early intervention and dedicated, relentless treatment can have a genuinely transforming effect. If there's a single purpose, it's to bring listeners inside an experience that is so hard to see and so hard to understand. Autism has been called the “invisible epidemic,’’ and for good reason. For those who are already living it, we hope to offer a mirror. For everyone else, a window. Or better, a doorway.

Our Artists:

The CD will include songs recorded by Jackson Browne (with Valerie Carter), Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw, Teddy Geiger, Jonatha Brooke, Richard Julian, Dan Bern (with Mike Viola), Don Dixon (with Marti Jones), Olabelle, Christina Courtin, Ari Hest, Kelly Flint and The Cucumbers.



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