TFJ met in Arlington Texas Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015 to begin a weeklong 10th Songs of Love recording project. Each year we write and record a special custom made song for each of two children facing serious medical challenges. Click on the gallery link above to view photos.
Hear Our Latest 2015 Songs
For a contribution as little as $.99, you can now hear the songs written by TFJ during our 2015 recording project in Arlington TX. All you need is the link below, the child's last name
and the record number.
Raven Brown - Record Number 24394
Michaela Russell - Record Number 24391
Des Moines Register
Formed in the early 70's at Central College in Pella IA, this band was an unlikely blend of five guys from all corners of the country. But somehow the chemistry just worked. From 1970-1974, the band entertained at campus venues such as Rap (the coffee house in the basement of the Student Union) and Douwstra Auditorium. They also also released a self-titled LP, performed at private parties, conventions (i.e. the Iowa Funeral Directors and Embalmers Assoc.) and weddings.
After a 30 year hiatus, in September 2004 the band reunited for a reunion concert at Central College Homecoming. During that reunion, the band members discussed the idea of getting together for a recording project to benefit the Songs of Love Foundation. In June of 2005 the band met in Arlington TX where they wrote special uplifting songs for two chronically ill children.
From this an annual tradition was born. Since 2005, each summer, the members of Third Floor John volunteer their time and talents, converging from all over the country to write and record two Songs of Love for medically challenged kids.
TFJ was honored to receive the CUI 2008 Alumni Stewardship and Service Award for our work with the Songs of Love Foundation. Each of the bandmembers received one of these.
KNIA/KRLS Radio Interviews
In Memory of Terry "Dutch" Van Zee
Our dear friend and fellow band member Terry Van Zee lost his battle with brain cancer September 15, 2014. His golden voice will not be silenced, but will live on in the Songs of Love recordings he helped to make and in the hearts of the children who have been uplifted by those songs. And his kind and gentle spirit will live in the hearts and minds of the many who loved him throughout his life. Rest in peace, Dutch.