Friday, August 19, 2005

Goo Goo Doll Bassist Helps Autistics Be Artistic

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac may be as associated with autism as Jerry Lewis is to muscular dystrophy.

Takac is currently compiling a charity CD, Music Is Hope, that will feature songs by bands like Last Conservative, The Juliet Dagger and Agent Me and, possibly, a track by the Goo Goo Dolls.

The CD hits stores in October and the funds will go, in part, to research on the positive effect music has on autism. Takac has read up on the subject and says, “music is the only treatment that’s been effective across-the-board.”

He’s especially interested in a promising study that found combining background music with a teacher’s voice is an effective way to get autistic students to pay attention.

Takac believes finding a treatment for the disease is needed pronto and claims reports suggest that one in 40 kids today suffers from an autistic type of problem, compared to one in 1200, 50 years ago.

Don’t worry, though: Takac isn’t giving up his day job. The Goo Goo Dolls are currently in the studio and if all goes well, the new album will be out by February.

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