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December 16, 2010

Congratulations to GRAND VANITY our 2011 NAMM SHOW/SONICBIDS winner!

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The Lennon Bus and Sonicbids are excited to announce that Grand Vanity is the grand prize winner of Sonicbind’s contest to play a gig hosted by the Lennon Bus at the 2011 NAMM Show. Grand Vanity will take the stage at NAMM, one of the largest music product trade shows in the world, on Saturday, January 15th at 12:00PM outside the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The performance will be open to the public.  Grand Vanity will also be taking home an Epiphone John Lennon EJ-160E guitar and a Blackheart BH5H amp with a matching BH112 cab.

February 03, 2010

Wish Tree at NAMM with John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

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Yoko kicked off John Lennon’s 70th birthday celebration year at the 2010 NAMM Show.


Her appearance at the show inspired attendees to submit their wishes of hope and peace at a special Wish Tree set up in front of the Bus during the convention from January 14-17, 2010.





Hundreds of wishes were collected and will be installed around the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland.





Yoko was at NAMM to continue showing her support of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, and announced she is dedicating 2010 to promoting and supporting the Bus and music education in honor of John.


On January 14th Yoko, Quincy Jones and Jackson Browne hosted a press conference in support of music education on behalf of American youth along with students from South Central Los Angeles’ Fernando Pullum Performing Arts School, who performed a medley of Lennon songs, kicking off with “Imagine,” with Rickey Minor, the musical director of American Idol and Fishbone.





The Bus also hosted several live performances at NAMM, including one by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winner of 2009, Matt Cusson, as well as hosting the first annual SchoolJam USA competition presented by NAMM.


Winning band After Math competed against nine other top teen bands at the Anaheim Convention Center and received the first place award—a trophy in the shape of a platinum album—and the grand prize trip to Europe next March to perform at the international 2010 SchoolJam finals in Frankfurt, Germany.


In addition, the band received $5,000 for their school music programs and prizes from the Lennon Bus and its sponsors.




On Mama’s Jukebox: Passion Pit - “Sleepyhead”

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mama

August 05, 2009

Curious Jaime and THE Imagine Peace Tower

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Whenever we give a tour of the Lennon Bus, one of the first things that we explain on board is the replica of Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace tower.  Dedicated to her late husband, the installation is located on Viðey Island, just off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland.  Two days ago, I had the opportunity to visit the real monument. 

You might be thinking to yourself, “Jaime, is there now a Lennon Cruise?”  Nay.  I am currently blogging to you live from the train from Stockholm to Gothenburg, Sweden.  I am sitting with my cousin Brian and heading southbound to watch my big brother get married!  On the way to Sweden, we took a four day vacation/layover in Iceland.  The country is absolutely breath taking.  At every turn you are completely surrounded by nature’s extremes.  Reykjavik is actually on a peninsula, and with just a five minute ferry ride you can see the Imagine Peace tower.

Thanks to the B-child, arrangements were made so that my cousin and I could see the tower firsthand.  Guðlaug Elísabet Ólafsdóttir was kind enough to greet us at the ferry, show us the tower, and give us a one-of a-king tour of the island.  Seeing the tower right in front of me was an incredible experience.  Although it was not lit (this takes place on October 9th through December 8th,) I was able to step directly onto the stone and see the words “Imagine Peace” in the 24 different languages.  It truly was peaceful to be on an island where you can see Reykjavik on one side, mountains on the other, and a stone beach as you look down off the hills. 

When we create music or art, the entire process of conception, design, and execution is rewarding within itself.  However, to be able to share your art with others transcends far beyond what any museum, recording, or replica can convey.  Having this experience reminded me of performing for the first time, or going to see one of my favorite bands play.  You simply “light up” inside.

On Mama’s Jukebox - John Lennon - “Imagine”

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mama

 

July 17, 2009

FACEBOOK.COM/LENNONBUS

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Hi everyone on the Internets!!

We have officially launched our John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Facebook fan page!  Please add us and check out all of the hard work that went into making this site possible.

www.facebook.com/lennonbus

Not only can you learn about the staff, our gear, and our sponsors, but by becoming a fan you will have the opportunity to exclusive contests and promotions such as winning 2 tickets to Warped Tour!  On the Warped Tour, we will also be giving out Godin guitars, working with bands and the Boys & Girls Club of America to create Lennon Bus Live Sessions and Day in the Life Documentaries, and looking forward to meeting everyone off the Internets!  ;)

see ya in the mosh pit!

x
mama

On Mama’s Jukebox: Queen - “Killer Queen”

June 25, 2009

Man in the Mirror

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At Central Park West and 72nd St, Strawberry Fields represents more than just a memorial for John Lennon.  It’s a place to reflect on the life and death of a former Beatle, a musician, a poet, and an advocate for peace.  Fans of all ages can stand at the center of the mosaic and face the Dakota where John once lived, remember buying their first Beatles’ album, or “Imagine” all the people whose lives John touched.  Reminiscent of the great shock of Lennon’s death, today we have lost another music legend—Michael Jackson.  Jackson was more than just an artist and entertainer.  He rightfully claimed his title as the King of Pop with record chart-topping hits, breaking racial and cultural boundaries, and employing iconic elements like his predecessors and counterparts such as Elvis, Lennon, and Madonna.  Where would MTV be without “Thriller?”  How would we dance backwards and forwards at the same time without his “Moonwalk?”  When I was six years old, my first dance recital was performed to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.”  All of us little girls wore the glove.  Beyond all of the scandals, controversy, and social oddities, (which all serve as necessary evils in defining a pop culture icon,) his talent defines him as a legacy.  It’s an understatement to say it’s truly a great loss to have such a musical genius taken from us. 

On Mama’s Jukebox - Michael Jackson - “Billie Jean”

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mama

June 15, 2009

JLSC Session 1 closes tonight!!!

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As a reminder, Session I 2009 of the JLSC closes tonight June 15th at 11:59pm!  Finish up those songs, and the winners will be announced on September 1st!

On Mama’s Jukebox - Arcade Fire - “Neighborhood #1”

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mama

June 10, 2009

Warped Tour: I WANT YOU!

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We are currently looking for incredibly awesome and fun (think Wyld Stallions!!!) individuals to volunteer with us at each Warped Tour date!  If you would like to help out in your town, please submit your full name, cell phone number, and resume to info [at] jlsc.com and tell us how you rock the casBUS.

On Mama’s Jukebox - Phoenix - “1901”

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mama

May 21, 2009

Greetings from Hotlanta!

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Hi everyone!  Right now we’re at the Art Institute of Atlanta.  I just wanted to give a special thanks to Joe Shiver for all his help in making this stop possible!  We’ll be in town through Saturday night, giving Public Tours tomorrow at Lakewood Stadium and Atlantic Station, and at Sam Ash on Saturday!  Please be sure to stop by the Lennon Bus, take a tour, and enter the DMA Big Give!

On Mama’s Jukebox - Scissor Sisters - “Laura”

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mama

May 15, 2009

Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

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Every songwriter has their own style and methods of composition.  Some artists write beautiful guitar/piano melodies and then add vocals later.  Many of my musician friends need a great drum beat to get started.  Personally, I fiddle around on the guitar first and then write the lyrics and melody simultaneously.  (Sidenote:  This process has ultimately left me a with a “Greatest Hits Album: The 3 Years of Unfinished Business.”)  Needless to say, I recently gave myself the assignment of writing a song for someone else, rather than writing a song about myself or something I was going through.  I ended up finishing the entire song in about three weeks.  Since the song is a gift, I needed to make sure the recording was up to par.  This meant I absolutely could not just use Sound Recorder on my iMac

On Mama’s Day, I headed over to the wonderful Lennon Bus where Tyler was nice enough to help me lay down my guitar and vocals rather quickly in Logic.  In our brief cram session, I learned something pretty cool that Ben’s blog about vocal comping reminded me of.  I am not the great and powerful Lindsey Buckingham.  When I am fingerpicking on the guitar, I do not pay enough attention to how many times I am playing one chord or the next.  I actually have to sing and play simultaneously to get the job done.  Tyler was really great about this and set everything up so that I was able to play guitar first (and sing along without having my vocals be picked up,) and then record my vocals afterwards.  Once that was finished, Tyler set up one of our Crate amps in the back studio.  He then patched through my already recorded guitar track and voilà!, entirely new guitar sound.  It was really amazing to experience (and hear) the quality of recording you can get with Logic, a Lennon Bus, a Tyler, and about only 3 hours of your time.

On Mama’s Jukebox - Bat for Lashes - “Daniel”

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mama

May 07, 2009

Adrian rocks the microphone!

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A special thanks to Adrian from Teen Kids News for coming on board the Lennon Bus to interview Yoko Ono!  It looks like Adrian has a few questions for John as well.  ;)

On Mama’s Jukebox - James Brown - “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”

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mama

About Jaime Walden

Jaime Walden graduated from Baruch College with a BA in Music.  She began singing, playing guitar, and writing songs at the young age of six years old in Florida.  Her passion for live music led her to New York City, where she began working in production and talent booking for several music venues.  These experiences prepared her to oversee the touring logistics and organization of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

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  • Congratulations to GRAND VANITY our 2011 NAMM SHOW/SONICBIDS winner! The Lennon Bus and Sonicbids are excited to announce that Grand Vanity is the grand prize winner of Sonicbind’s contest to play a gig hosted by the Lennon Bus at the 2011 NAMM Show. Grand Vanity will take the stage at NAMM, one of the largest music product trade shows …
  • Wish Tree at NAMM with John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Yoko kicked off John Lennon’s 70th birthday celebration year at the 2010 NAMM Show. Her appearance at the show inspired attendees to submit their wishes of hope and peace at a special Wish Tree set up in front of the Bus during the convention from January 14-17, 2010. Hundreds of …
  • Curious Jaime and THE Imagine Peace Tower Whenever we give a tour of the Lennon Bus, one of the first things that we explain on board is the replica of Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace tower.  Dedicated to her late husband, the installation is located on Viðey Island, just off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland.  Two days ago, …
  • FACEBOOK.COM/LENNONBUS Hi everyone on the Internets!! We have officially launched our John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Facebook fan page!  Please add us and check out all of the hard work that went into making this site possible. www.facebook.com/lennonbus Not only can you learn about the staff, our gear, and our sponsors, …
  • Man in the Mirror At Central Park West and 72nd St, Strawberry Fields represents more than just a memorial for John Lennon.  It’s a place to reflect on the life and death of a former Beatle, a musician, a poet, and an advocate for peace.  Fans of all ages can stand at the center …
  • JLSC Session 1 closes tonight!!! As a reminder, Session I 2009 of the JLSC closes tonight June 15th at 11:59pm!  Finish up those songs, and the winners will be announced on September 1st! On Mama’s Jukebox - Arcade Fire - “Neighborhood #1” x mama read more
  • Warped Tour: I WANT YOU! We are currently looking for incredibly awesome and fun (think Wyld Stallions!!!) individuals to volunteer with us at each Warped Tour date!  If you would like to help out in your town, please submit your full name, cell phone number, and resume to info [at] jlsc.com and tell us how …
  • Greetings from Hotlanta! Hi everyone!  Right now we’re at the Art Institute of Atlanta.  I just wanted to give a special thanks to Joe Shiver for all his help in making this stop possible!  We’ll be in town through Saturday night, giving Public Tours tomorrow at Lakewood Stadium and Atlantic Station, and at …
  • Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros Every songwriter has their own style and methods of composition.  Some artists write beautiful guitar/piano melodies and then add vocals later.  Many of my musician friends need a great drum beat to get started.  Personally, I fiddle around on the guitar first and then write the lyrics and melody simultaneously.  …
  • Adrian rocks the microphone! A special thanks to Adrian from Teen Kids News for coming on board the Lennon Bus to interview Yoko Ono!  It looks like Adrian has a few questions for John as well.  ;) On Mama’s Jukebox - James Brown - “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” x mama read more …