Over the last few months, MediaLab has been working with a PLU senior music major, Melody Coleman, to compose music for several video projects. I had only met Melody a handful of times during MediaLab meetings, but after hearing her music, I knew there was something special about her.
For my latest assignment, I was tasked with writing a feature profile story, and I chose to write it on Melody. It wasn’t until the end of our interview where she told me something that made me appreciate her music even more.
The following is an excerpt from the article:
“She sits in a quiet room, bobbing her head to a song unheard. With her headphones on, she creates her own world as her hands dart back and forth from the piano to the keyboard. Each new note builds, and the music swells into her ears. She hums along as she composes a sweet melody.
She is Melody Coleman, a senior music major with a focus in composition. While she escapes into her music, she’s wearing a light blue sweatshirt with an image of a puzzle piece on the back shoulder. April is National Autism Awareness Month, and her Autism Speaks sweatshirt serves to promote the cause that is very near to her.
Coleman is living with Autism.”