Sleep and Music

So Ryan and I sat down to do our first “official” blog post since starting the blog.  I gave him a choice of several topics to talk about like our upcoming move to Texas, what the letter board means to him, his favorite sport or t.v. show, etc.  He did not want to talk about any of those topics.  Well I a bit flippantly said that we could talk about why you had so much trouble falling asleep last night…he immediately responded with YES.

So here is the conversation that followed:

Me:  So you had a lot of difficulty falling asleep last night, even with your sleepy medicine and melatonin.  Why is that?

Ryan:  NOT VERY TIRED. SO FUN TO STAY UP LATE.

Me:  What are you doing in your room that is so fun?  Are you stimming?

Ryan:  YES.  MY THOUGHTS KEEP ME UP AT NIGHT.

Me:  What kind of thoughts?

Ryan:  SO I THINK ABOUT MY MUSIC IN MY HEAD.

Me:  What is the style of the music?

Ryan:  STYLE IS SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT THAN NEW MUSIC.

Me:  Does it have lyrics?

Ryan:  YES.

Me:  Are you interested in sharing the lyrics on the blog?

Ryan:  YES.

I AM IN MY HEAD.

SO WONDERFUL YOU ARE, YOU ARE TO ME.

NO ONE IS MY CHEERLEADER

MY FRIEND

MY CONFIDANT

NO ONE MAKES ME FEEL SO LOVED

YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING.

Me:  That is absolutely beautiful.  It writes like a poem.  I wish that I knew how the music goes along with it.  How are we going to get the notes out of your head?

Ryan:  YOU ARE GOING TO TEACH ME TO WRITE MUSIC.

Me:  Is there anything else that you want to say for your blog?

Ryan:  YES.  I AM HAPPY TO BE BLOGGING.  YOU INSPIRE ME TO NOT SETTLE FOR AUTISTIC SILENCE.

So that is how our first writing experience went.  I am not musical at all and Ryan knows this.  We have talked about music before and he has expressed that he wants a lesson on how to write music.  This is a bit stressful to me as I have dubbed myself as “Tone Deaf Steph” so this will be a challenge.  However, if anyone is up for that challenge, I know that I am because I would do anything for Ryan.

If any of you have any suggestions for a crash course in writing music, I am all ears (get it?)!


14 thoughts on “Sleep and Music

  1. Ryan this is awesome!!! I know for sure you and your mom will learn to get your music out of your beautiful brain and to the masses of the world. Lots of smiles to you my friend. Miss you guys!!! Oh and please give your mom a big hug for me!

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  2. Wow, what a talented little boy, Ryan you are so inspirational! I have a little girl your age that has autism too. She can use her voice, but really struggles in communicating a lot of the time. Can’t wait to read more about your journey, thanks so much for sharing!!

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  3. Steph & Ryan (great name kid!),

    Writing music is actually quite mathmatical. There are rules and rhythms you must follow. While I lack that artistic flair to create something original, teaching Ryan first how to read music and understand how the notes & symbols work together is a great start. Good luck!

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