“Come and cure me”: Songs of “Blind Tom” Wiggins. Guest artist and scholar, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Hollins class of 1994, Brooklyn College CUNY; Nineteenth-century pianist “Blind Tom” Wiggins, known variously as “Sightless Thomas” and “Tom Bethune,” has been known primarily as a performer of virtuosic pieces for the piano, yet he was also the composer of both piano music and songs. Wiggins has been profiled by doctors and psychologists--most famously by Oliver Sacks--who believe him to have been an "autistic savant." Evidence from contemporary sources and aspects of his piano music both suggest that Wiggins presented autistic mannerisms and behaviors both in his stage performances and in private situations. This lecture-recital explores the songs of “Blind Tom”, arguing that Wiggins’ vocal compositions provide a rare glimpse into the interior landscape of a composer who left us no written testimony beyond his musical compositions, contributing to an autistic compositional style.