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GUITARS NOT GUNS
GNG




GUITARS NOT GUNS





Louise and Ray Nelson are two of the most generous people you could ever meet. We met them in California when we learned about their music organization, Guitars Not Guns. GNG is a nonprofit volunteer organization that started in 2000. There is no paid staff. They provide guitars and music lessons to foster kids, at-risk teens, and other underprivileged children. The program is provided at no cost to GNG students.

GNG is a much needed self-esteem building outlet that helps young people resist substance abuse, gang involvement, violence, and criminal activity. When we met Louise and Ray, they only had a few GNG chapters in the state of California. They eventually moved to Georgia and continued their wonderful work.

The still growing GNG program has expanded; it now has 19 chapters in 12 states and in Canada. So far it has served over 4000 young people. Please visit the GNG website to learn more. There may be a GNG chapter in your community, or you may decide to start a chapter. To be affiliated with GNG is rewarding.

The average cost for an eight-week course for ten students is about $1,000. That includes beginner guitars, student and teacher manuals, tuners, picks, spare strings, etc. It also includes a graduation party. Students who complete the eight-week course may keep their guitar, many take a more advanced eight-week second course, and some students take a third course.

If you cannot volunteer to help with a GNG chapter, perhaps you can make a financial contribution. Every dollar you can donate is needed. We urge you to help support this worthy organization.

Donna & Tim


A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. Forest E. Witcraft

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou

Music can change the world. Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker

Without music life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. Leigh Hunt

Music's the medicine of the mind. John A. Logan

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. Kahlil Gibran

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth. Sydney Smith

Interviewer: "What's the smartest thing you've ever heard anyone in rock and roll say?" Paul Simon: "Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby."

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix

The pause is as important as the note. Truman Fisher

Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
Paul Whiteman

Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.
William F. Buckley, Jr.

A good player can make any guitar sound good.
Michael Bloomfield

Bach gave us God's Word. Mozart gave us God's laughter. Beethoven gave us God's fire. God gave us Music that we might pray without words. (Quote from outside an old opera house.)

You could listen to Woody Guthrie songs and actually learn how to live. Bob Dylan

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing. Zimbabwe Proverb

If music be the food of love, play on. William Shakespeare

We need magic, and bliss, and power, myth, and celebration and religion in our lives, and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it. Jerry Garcia

Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.
Miles Davis

He who sings scares away his woes. Cervantes

I think I should have no other mortal wants if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music. George Bernard Shaw

Whatever your standing in life, the most important thing is behaving in ways that help other people. It's the same with music. I am a servant of the music, and if I get caught up in ego, I'll lose everything, it'll burn, and that's a guarantee.
Eric Clapton

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.
Oliver Wendell Holmes



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