Lest you thought I forgot, today is the day I get to share this year’s autism action playlist! I love to flood my office with music. I also love to create this annual post. It’s a favorite of mine to share with you.
I easily could’ve created a quarantine-specific playlist this year, but those kinds of lists have been made by other people already. Even with how strange 2020 has been, I’m going to stick with songs I started writing down last year. Prepping this post long before I sit down to type it, I keep a little notepad in my car and write down the titles of songs I hear that evoke emotion. Some songs are dedicated to those providers we cannot support anymore. Others are for that warrior mom or dad who needs a little bit of encouragement. Some songs are just for fun.
As always, if you have a favorite one you want to share with all of us, please add a link to the song in the comments section below. Tell us why you like it, too. I’m always looking for new inspiration. If it’s got a good beat, I promise to dance to it in my kitchen.
Since You’ve Been Gone – Remember, songs may have been written about a terrible breakup or about a scorned lover, but replace that original subject with something in your life while you listen. Instead of a lover, think about that pushy pediatrician or the deceitful principal who bullied you, and voilà! The song lyrics are perfect. As much as we may at one time have wanted to stay with that pediatrician or hope that that administrator would soon be on our side, it was much better to stay broken up.
Little Lies – Kudos to my kiddos who wanted me to include this song in this year’s playlist. I thought it appropriate to add after that first entry. Lies, even little ones, are never worth saying. Be truthful. Always. We’d all be better off with more of the truth being shared.
Unforgiven – It’s too bad that some people cannot share the truth. Look at today’s media reports spinning every untruth they eagerly create. It’s sickening. That’s why this next song is perfect. And, I know…I know. Just as the truth is important, so is forgiveness. But some people make that act hard to do.
It’s My Life – One of my very favorite songs, this one is on repeat in my head several times each year. Last time I had to speak up for Ronan, to raise my voice to get something ordered, to tell someone to do their job, I wanted to yell and scream. Don’t they understand?! I don’t want to, but I have to do this because
It’s my life, don’t you forget. It’s my life…
I may cry after those tense moments, but I won’t yell or scream. Do that wouldn’t make matters any better.
Save Your Tears – Again, remember to change the subject to something more relevant in life – maybe for the dad struggling with special needs parenting, for the mom who’s losing a fight with the district, or for the sibling who’s had a falling out with family over their beliefs about mainstream medicine, vaccines and autism.
I don’t know why I run away.
I’ll make you cry when I run away.
Sometimes it’s all too much and you just want to run away. It’s okay if you feel that way. I know, because I’ve been in that moment, too.
Sign of the Times – For those of you who know that it’s the end of a time, either for you or your child, you may feel like you can’t change anything. That’s a really tough place to be, but you accept your fate. Do look back at what you lived through. It isn’t a bad thing to learn from the past. When you do that, you might just make your future different…and maybe even a little bit better.
Come Out and Play – We were sitting on the front porch after dinner one night last week when this song came on. Oh, how I cranked up the volume! What a fun flashback to hear it and remember simpler times of my life. This song debuted in 1994. It would be many years before I learned anything about vaccines. It would be even longer before I heard the term “anti-vax” the public uses when referencing parents of vaccine-injured kids. Wanting to separate us “anti-vax” from them, the public goes to great lengths to dismiss our experience and knowledge. These days, the new derogatory term is “anti-mask”, an insult toward those who go outside without a face mask. Who is right, the vaxxed or the anti-vax? The masked or the anti-masked? Whoever it is, the public thinks we gotta keep them separated.
Memories – According to my kids, this song is cringe worthy (aka, cheesy). I totally agree! But that doesn’t stop me from listening to it and liking it. It’s got a sweet little tune and a message that I really like, which is why I saved it for last.
Here's to the ones that we got
Cheers to the wish you were here, but you're not…
To my friends who live so far away but who check in to make sure we’re okay, cheers and thank you. We’re doing okay for now. ♥
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
Cat’s other autism action playlists can be found on her Spotify channel.