The Cambridge News
July 24, 2011
Local Launchpad competitors write song for book on autism
By Elizabeth Ann Hulick
Lucas Bielejewski and August McGinnity-Wake, two Cambridge high school musicians, recently contributed a song for a book by Kate McGinnity (also of Cambridge), Sharon Hammer, and Lisa Ladson.
Based on their strong musicianship, writing and producing skills, Bielejewski and McGinnity-Wake were selected to contribute a song to accompany the book entitled Lights! Camera! Autism!: Using video technology to enhance lives. They wrote and recorded “(A) Wish For You,” which is included on the DVD, and can be downloaded on McGinnity-Wake’s band page on Facebook.
Lights! Camera! Autism! is published by Cambridge Book Review Press, a locally operated publishing house run by Bob Wake.
John Lehman, of rosebudbookreviews.com wrote of the book, “This is an outstanding book for everyone who knows someone on the spectrum. It explores how people with autism learn and how we can adapt to help.”
Bielejewski and McGinnity-Wake’s talents were also put on display last April in Sun Prairie for Launchpad, an annual competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music. Only 15 bands were selected to participate in Launchpad for the three top prizes. Bands from throughout the region are represented.
As Launchpad’s Web site explained, “Launchpad is a statewide, alternative music competition for Wisconsin high school students who are in bands formed outside of the traditional music classroom ensembles. Launchpad and other Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) programs help young people discover and expand their full music potential.”
Launchpad is produced by Dennis Graham Associates. Graham is also a Cambridge resident.