It was July 2010 and I was unemployed for two months and went to take an exam for assistance through Michigan Rehabilitation. It was on that day that I learned that I was High Functioning Autistic. The diagnoses was a huge relief because it answered a ton of questions, memories and experiences I had the first 22 years of my personal life. It also brought back memories of the struggles I had keeping up with people in class, dealing with bullies, name calling, hatred, and even teachers who would loose their cool with me in public classrooms. I had relief to know that I was not intellectually “stupid” as many would call me, or a “retard”. About five years before that it was my senior year in high school, and I made a decision to “succeed” and work hard to achieve something. I earned a 4.0 grade point average for the first time ever! It meant a lot deep down. That same year I began listening to music and realized that it was a huge passion and not just playing video games thinking it was the only skill I had. I wrote and produced this song to simply say have a voice and identity. Be yourself and it will set you free no matter what disability you have, or how people act toward you.
Colossal View Of The Solar System tells the story of a orphan child who becomes adopted by free-spirited parents and is encouraged to travel the planets at age 18. It is the year 2121 and civilization now inhabits the planets Venus to Jupiter in the solar system. The teen then forms a group called the Spacemen, who against the advice of Planetary Travelers, heads to Mercury first. There they confront a cosmic pirate gang called the Devils and manages to escape them, but become separated. They reunite on Earth and discover an ancient vault of movies and historical artifacts from the 20th century and return them to their home planet Mars. The now Spacemen leader falls in love and marries a fellow Planetary Traveler. While on a honeymoon they decide to travel to Neptune, the farthest planet from the Sun which has never been reached. The spacemen reunite and manage to outrun the Devils in orbit at Uranus and get to Neptune safely, but learn a bit more about themselves along the way after brushing with death.
The Planetary Traveler was inspired by documentaries I used to watch about NASA and the chapters of space travel in the 60’s. I never forgot the music on those video tapes! There is a host of styles of electronic music inspired by the past, present and future. My favorite track is Blue Giant which was the first song I produced. It’s a soundtrack titled in the style of a magazine cover like a guide to space travel!