Here I Am - An Original Song by Craig Martin
Meeting Craig Martin at Trunk or Treat
It wasn't long ago that we met Craig Martin at Trunk or Treat. He was showcasing his stunning jet-black 1987 Grand National. At that time, Anthony was dressed as Doc from "Back to the Future" and struck up a conversation with Craig, who is also a musician. Craig, whose grandson has autism, was quite taken with Anthony.
A Song for Anthony's Photography
Craig generously offered to write a song to accompany Anthony's photography for online posting. Over time, he kept in touch via email, consistently reminding us about his promise and updating us on the song's progress. When he sent us the first mix of the song, it was an overwhelming experience. The song exceeded our expectations, with its remarkable vocal quality, heart-felt lyrics that perfectly describe Anthony, and even a mention of his '57 Ford and Silverhawk, which Anthony particularly enjoyed.
Craig's Personal Connection and Challenges
Craig admitted, “This is probably the hardest song I’ve ever written, given the pre-determined subject matter. Trying to express something through the eyes of Anthony or my grandson, Peyton, was challenging. I’m not them, so I can only speculate about their perspective on life.” He also shared how emotional the process was, to the point where he would get choked up during recording and mixing. He even had to leave the room when playing an earlier version for Peyton’s mother, Ashley, his daughter.
The Video Featuring Peyton
In the music video, Craig's grandson Peyton, who is also autistic, played the younger version of Anthony. Peyton, dressed in a white shirt, is shown alongside Anthony, who is teaching him how to pose with the original truck from his first viral photo, taken when he was just 10 years old. Anthony’s brother, Alex, was also involved in the project. Craig taught Anthony rocker moves and poses, allowing Anthony to channel his inner rock star. As Anthony puts it, "autism kicks butt!" And now, it rocks too!
Anthony Ryan Schmidt's New Book: Shifting Perspectives
Anthony Ryan Schmidt, a talented 16-year-old photographer with autism, has recently released a new book titled "Shifting Perspectives." This book is a collection of his latest miniature car photography and is available for purchase on his official website, www.AnthonyRyanSchmidt.com. "Shifting Perspectives" is a journey through the mind of a young man with autism, using his special interest in cars to connect with the world. The book promises to be an exciting addition for fans of Anthony's work and new readers alike, offering a unique perspective that transports readers to different times and places.
For those interested in exploring Anthony's world through his photography, you can purchase "Shifting Perspectives" at Anthony Ryan Schmidt's website.Read more Read less