The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy's son has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
The rocker and his wife Carson Ellis welcomed little Hank five years ago and the family has recently been told of the boy's disorder, which largely affects the child's speech and social skills.
Meloy tells the New York Times, "He's so deeply in his own imaginary world, and sometimes it's utterly frustrating to remove him from it... It's funny because one of the hallmarks of Asperger's or autism is an inability to kind of imagine or do creative, imaginative play. But... he doesn't fit that description at all.
"I've seen him using a blanket as a mountain and just his hands as dragons. I feel like he's the only kid we could've created together."
And the frontman admits that although being a father has had its challenges, his personal struggles often inspire his songs. He reveals lyrics from The Decemberists' album The King Is Dead were inspired by Hank.