The Nadas has just recently released their 11th studio album One Louder. One of the songs “Henry-James”, fwritten by lead singer and guitarist Mike Butterworth for his 8-year-old son, fits very well as we enter the National Autism Awareness Month.
Mike explains: “I worry sometimes about the future. What happens when he is too big for his mom to handle when he throws a tantrum and comes after her? What happens when we are gone? Will he be able to live on his own or at least in some way contribute to society? I don’t know. What I do know is that when things are bad they are very very bad. When things are good they are very very good and we celebrate even the smallest of victories… What I do know is I wouldn’t want Henry James any other way than exactly how he is. What I do know is ‘there is nothing wrong with this kid, he will get there. I’ll be patient’ What I do know is that he is my very best friend and an inspiration, and I’ll try my best every day to make sure that his life doesn’t end up lame. That sounds like it could be a song… oh wait it is.
Please enjoy this song I wrote and recorded with my band and remember that April is Autism Awareness month and that countless other families living with Autism are trying their best every day.”
2018 marks the 25th year of The Nadas, who will be inducted into the Iowa Music Hall of Fame this summer.