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Guilford boy's autism inspires song from his perspective

Guilford boy's autism inspires song from his perspective

Staccato thumps reverberate from upstairs as 14-year-old James Burrows re-creates the sounds of Interstate 83, marking the beats on the hardwood floor. His mother, Nancy Burrows, drives the route often, and it's become a point of fixation for the autistic teenager.

The rhythms of the road — as interpreted by James — are also the basis for a soon-to-be-released song by a London-based artist. Singer-songwriter Emma Ballantine will release "Through Your Eyes" Friday, on the eve of National Autism Awareness Month, highlighting the beauty James sees in everyday life.

As James gallops overhead, Nancy Burrows recounts how tears welled in her eyes the first time she listened...

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