Thursday, March 8, 2012

Travis Meeks- A talented Musician with AS

I found this while looking through playlists on my FB music app that I use. I just had to share it. It's a video interview that was done a couple weeks ago by the lead singer of Days Of The New, Travis Meeks.  If you're not familiar with them and their music one of their most popular song can be found here. 

Travis was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome during his musical career.  He's had a pretty hard life, and has so much talent.  He was featured on the A&E series Intervention a few years ago due to a very serious substance abuse problem.  I remember watching it with my husband and him remarking that he didn't see the AS. It is true that other than the anger issues, Travis acted more 'normal' than he does now during interviews. I guess the drugs masked a lot of his stimming and fidgety behaviors.

One thing that I find amusing is his constant reference to video games to describe his thought process.  It remind me of my son, so much.  The way the lady keeps going 'yeah' because she really has no idea what in the world to say back to him is pretty much what I feel my conversations with people are like.  I just wanted to share this, as he is such a talented guy, and I never hear of him mentioned when people speak of famous people with AS.



6 comments:

  1. very true i face the same issues sometimes when talking to people, thats why i sometimes dont say much to people because it gets akward. Travis Meeks is a genius and my favorite musician.

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    1. He's one of my favorite. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Its such a shame when i see this guy now. Travis will always be one of my fave musicians and i will buy every album he releases.
    At this point 11 yrs after the Red album, i don't believe we will ever see Purple and it really saddens me.
    About 5 yrs ago he played in winnipeg and i was so pumped to see him,but he looked awful. At least now i'm happy to see that he has put on weight but his hair is falling out. That's not just regular baldness,he still looks terrible.
    Like i said its a shame, the guys a genius, but obviously there's waaaay more to the story than the record label merger of why he cant get anymore record deals,there's lots of independent labels he could've signed with if his head was on straight.
    I would love nothing more than to see him look healthy and release the Purple album,i just don't have the same optimism i had even 2 yrs ago

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    1. I feel the same. He has so much talent, but it just wasn't properly directed.

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  3. Very sad, Days of the new was always one of my favorite bands. Never mind the music I just hope he can go on to live a somewhat normal life. I'm pulling for you Travis

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