THANK YOU “Together We Fight” in Dayton, OH

THANK YOU to Together We Fight for sponsoring a colorful set of THREE concert FLEA ukuleles for the new music therapy program at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Together We Fight is a Dayton based foundation started by the families of Ally Barnett and Caulin Booher. Both children successfully battled leukemia at Dayton Children’s.

What’s it like to be a child receiving a cancer diagnosis and life saving interventions? How does it feel as their parents or sibling? Caulin Booher and his family provide an inspirational glimpse in the hospital website’s Patient Story and video:

Together We Fight supports kids diagnosed with cancer via gift bags packed with ample supplies: pillow pets, gas cards, parking tokens, gift cards, games, other items for a long hospital stay. They send a powerful message: you’re not alone, we’re in this together. Follow on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TogetherWeFightCancer/) to see and help their fundraising.

We share a similar mission of togetherness. FLEA ukuleles donated via True Joy Acoustics weave a heartfelt MUSICAL connection among patients, families, therapists, purchasers, sponsors and broader community.

Music therapy started May 2017 at Dayton Children’s main campus. Lindsey Steinbrunner, MT-BC packs a 3-day schedule serving up to 15 patients (going basis) in their rooms using a basic instrument set. FLEA ukuleles will boost the hospital’s music therapy capability and joy.

Each FLEA ukulele can reach hundreds of patients in the years ahead given their ease of play, durability, resilience to sanitization procedures. They are central to our hospital donation concept (i.e., instruments well suited for Music Therapy sessions AND loaning to patients for 24/7 therapeutic play) at leading pediatric hospitals since 2010.

Please consider joining this heartfelt cause. Making a contribution to our “Ukuleles for Hospital Music Therapy” campaign on GoFundMe will bring more holistic care to those in critical care settings:

https://www.gofundme.com/ukuleleshospitalMT

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THANK YOU C. F. Martin & Co.

THANK YOU to C. F. Martin & Co. for donating two premium “0X Uke” instruments with colorful red and blue bamboo finishes, plus Martin cases. Special thanks to Kristi B.

Martin 0X Bamboo ukulele set

C. F. Martin & Co. (Nazareth, PA) is America’s premier GUITAR maker. Over 180 years! Fun fact: Martin turned out more UKULELES than guitars during the 1920’s given the ukulele boom triggered by a 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

What makes this donation special is that True Joy Acoustics originated its hospital donation concept (i.e., instruments well suited for Music Therapy sessions AND loaning to patients for 24/7 therapeutic play) in 2009 with a “Little Martin” guitar. Brian Schreck, MA, MT-BC relayed its instant reception and full-time utility at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Brian Schreck - Little Martin Guitar - Aug 2009 - 300dpi600x900

The Little Martin’s impeccable quality and “high pressure laminate” construction (holds up to rigorous sanitization) enabled it to become a versatile TOOL for music therapy in critical care settings. Due to various factors, however, the program expanded with FLEA brand ukuleles to broaden patient reach beyond guitars: smaller body, fewer and softer nylon strings, easier mastery.

Since our 2010 launch, Martin introduced “0X” bamboo ukes which have cheerful colors and the same rugged construction as their Little Martin guitar. The company’s donation of these instruments is a reflection on our program roots, plus a heartfelt gesture that will undoubtedly touch hundreds of patients in the years ahead.

These colorful Martin ukuleles will be presented to Brian Schreck in recognition of his pioneering spirit and impact. Now located in Louisville, Brian’s music therapy team at Norton Healthcare serves adult and pediatric patients.

For more information about Martin guitars, visit: https://www.martinguitar.com. Treat yourself or a family member to a beautiful Martin! And please consider making a contribution to our “Ukuleles for Hospital Music Therapy” campaign on GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/ukuleleshospitalMT

Reaching the goal will bring more holistic music therapy to those in critical care settings.

Everybody Has A Story – Vanderbilt Music Therapy Project

Image from website of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Image from website of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Inspirational stories of Music Therapy are produced and shared at growing frequency.

Not just news headliners , e.g., congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ remarkable recovery from gunshot trauma, but stories of everyday folks facing crisis with music.

They enable an inside glimpse of what it’s like to be a child and their family facing a difficult health challenge. How sheer musical power can create connection, expression, hope –– even physical and spiritual healing –– during such times.

Here’s one featuring Jenny Plume, music therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Her Everybody Has A Story program enrolls the help of Nashville stars. Patients write their own songs with Jenny’s help, then watch their music come to “star power” life in the studio with Amy Grant, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Vince Gill and others.

Watch and share this 7″ video. Feel and share the inspiration!



True Joy Acoustics proudly donated the Red FLEA ukulele shown in the video (at :30) to Jenny’s pediatric hospital program a couple years back. Still going strong!


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

The Power of Music In Final Months – Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech. Incredible. A high schooler with only a few precious months to live, choosing to create and share his music. Helping everyone find joy and courage with his “Clouds” song. 2+ million views already. I thank CNN Student News for sharing his story, my daughter made me aware of this week’s school broadcast.

Click here for the CNN Student News feature. Zach’s story is 3 minutes (start 3:31, end 6:40). Starts with Zach on ukulele.

Our program continually advocates and donates FLEA ukuleles for music therapy, helping many kids deal with challenges similar to Zach.

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

Flea Ukuleles WIN Presidential VOTE

Freedom to vote. A wonderful privilege and one that we owe much to those who sacrificed to earn it. What’s that got to do with ukuleles?

A close presidential race. Over $2B in campaign funds have been raised and spent to influence our voting freedom. Those funds aim at “swing” voters (about 3-5% total voters), but we all get to view the endless ads and flyers. Not sure we’re wiser for it all. So here’s where ukuleles come in, and I’m talking the best, FLEA ukuleles.

If running for president, use your $1B to distribute FLEA ukuleles. Win over the swing voters with the world’s most uplifting music. How many concert FLEAs would that buy?

5,128,205

The ultimate presidential election tool

Let the other candidate spend their $1B in “paid talk”. Use social media for your “free talk” and distribute FLEAs nationally to “let your music speak”.

Or concentrate on OHIO, a swing state. That’s one FLEA ukulele to each of the 4.6 million households. Extra to spare. You, along side your running mate and family members, must strum, too! Voilàswing voters become loyal strum voters. You become president.

Doubtful? Ask any FLEA strummer if they feel better about themselves and where the world is heading. True joy.

Why FLEA ukuleles? Superb quality AND in tune with a politically correct agenda:

G: Grows our economy. Made in USA. 10 million FLEA’s (if both candidates wise up to this strategy) catapult the manufacturer’s total output to date by 200-fold.

C: Class connector. Everyone can play uke, regardless of W-2 Box 1 income or tax rate. Warren Buffet strums. So do many others of lesser means.

E: Energy independent. No foreign oil required. In fact, Magic Fluke’s manufacturing site deploys clean solar energy … in Governor Romney’s state of Massachusetts!

A: Academic Achievement. Musicianship enhances academic excellence, a well proven fact based on school music studies. And as president, ukulele classes/clubs will become a top priority in our schools.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

What if APPLE sold ukuleles

Apple alliterates. Well appointed devices begin with a little “i” and serve the world’s growing appetite for “we do it for you” APPs … now an everyday word.

It appeals. Apple revenues jumped to over $46 billion for the last 3 months of 2011. Thanks to shipping millions of iPhones (37M), iPads (15.4M), iPods (15.4M) and Macs (5.2M).

Wall Street applauds. Apple shares jumped 8%. Just one day.

Who wouldn’t appreciate Apple appliances and apps? Beautiful appearance overrides apprehension. Apply your wit. Appease your kids. Constantly append new apps.

I sell musical instruments. Ukuleles. Maybe a magical APP approach applies:

Experience iUke, iStrum, iSing … or simply iMM (short for iMakeMusic). No batteries. Powered by your hands, mind, heart and soul. All human. Express yourself beyond texts, updates, likes, links and apps.

Love your apps (what others create) but give your fingers a stretch, too. Young and old can MAKE MUSIC on our ukes. Revel in the true YOU. Visit our website. Order your iMM. Equipped to make you h-APP-y.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

Ukulele and The Beatles

Ukulele and guitar go hand in hand with many great musicians.

Many guitarists even credit their start to ukulele and ukulele-like instruments (e.g., banjolele), such as Chet Atkins and Peter Frampton.

Paul McCartney performs an inspirational ukulele tribute to his Beatles band mate, George Harrison. Just wowed a Cincinnati stadium audience with this performance. Here’s an earlier video in Quebec:

Do you aspire to become a great guitarist? Starting with ukulele makes an easy path to playing guitar. Who knows, you may also find ukulele a nice way to spice up your concerts, just like Paul.

Greg, True Joy Acoustics founder

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