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Piano Player Hits All the Right Notes

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  For 20-year-old Scotty Gale, music is life.

"He loves music and he learned to play by himself," says his mother Terri Carpenter.  "He uses music as a distraction."

Gale has been playing for years--ever since he was a child.  A remarkable feat in and of itself, but there's more.

"Scotty is autistic," notes Carpenter.

He can't read music; but he can imitate it.    

"My kids were in piano lessons and he used to listen to what they played then he would go in and play on his little keyboard."

And he never stopped playing.

"He has to earn it during the week of school, Monday-Thursday he has to do all his work and have good behavior and then he can bring it every Friday," adds Teresa Cooper, assigned to work Gale while at school.  "And so he'll say to remind himself '2 more days! or 3 more days 'til Yamaha!'"

It is what helps him get through the week.  The piano is just one way Gale communicates to those around him.  A speaking computer is the other.  And yet you always know just what's on his mind.

So often in life music inspires us.  Add to that Scotty Gale, a boy facing insurmountable odds and coming out on top, hitting all the right notes.