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June 13, 2011

Imagine This…

Written by Hans Tanner

 

You are invited to spend a full week in Las Vegas with comped rooms at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, where you are placed at VIP status, which includes a free ticket to the 5th Anniversary Beatles LOVE show, seated in the artist section, at the same show where every single person that had a major part in the career of the Beatles as well as the making of the LOVE show (which includes Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, and George Martin) attended as well. If there were every a sentence that was deserving of run-on status I believe it’d be this one.  The only catch to all this? You have to: conduct public tours of an awesome studio bus for 5 hours every day, give interviews to local news stations, record a sweet track and video with a couple of cats from the local Boys and Girls club, setup and record interviews of Yoko Ono with Gayle King, The L.A. Times, and Mont Blanc, and you have to giveaway Epiphone guitars signed by Yoko to a few lucky winners, which can be seen below!  Does this even qualify as a catch??  Not even debatable.  In case you’ve not deduced by now, this is exactly what the bus experienced this past week in Vegas.  Seriously, we need to give a HUGE thanks to The Mirage Hotel and Casino, The Beatles LOVE Show, Mont Blanc, and Epiphone for allowing this organization to carry on with its mission, affecting peoples lives all …

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May 13, 2011

“Double Take” Takes Asheville!

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

Today, the Lennon Bus rolled into Asheville, NC super excited to start the day. Those of you that follow the bus may know that Asheville is one of our favorite stops to hit, and the talent here is ripe for tracking! This group of eight students form the band Double Take are writing a killer original piece about their city. Look out for more good things to come, here in Asheville!

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May 09, 2011

Mixin it up at SAE

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

When mixing projects in Pro Tools on the John Lennon Bus, it is always important to listen to your mixes in a variety of places. If you have the opportunity, you should listen to each mix in different studio environments and speaker systems to accurately understand your mix and double check any decisions you’ve made throughout the production process. It’s not necessary to exclusively listen to your mixes on accurate monitors, but to also check the mix in headphones, your car, or any other playback device that you are familiar with. Because of the access that we had today to the incredible facilities at SAE downtown Atlanta, I was able to take full advantage of their awesome listening environments and compare various mixes we’ve produced.  I urge all you up and coming mixers and engineers to do the same with your material, and figure out where your particular studio/mixing environment differs. Shout out to Scott Kieklak over at SAE, thanks for the studio time.  We had a great time with all of you and we are looking forward to the next visit!

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May 07, 2011

Happy Mothers Day From The Bus Crew!

Written by Hans Tanner

 

From all of us at the Lennon Bus, we’d like to take this moment to wish our mother’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day!  For this special occasion we have a little treat as a gift to show all you mother’s out there how much we appreciate all the time and energy that YOU have put into making a beautiful person. This past week, Camp Tyler phase two was in full swing, as Hans was yet again put through the paces of bus life, this time focusing on video production, bus lighting, camera operation, and the final edit. And to top it all off, legendary music producers “Two For One” (consisting of Fitty Percent Off and Q-tip Sale) stopped by the bus on the last day of shooting.  They were more than happy to contribute to the training, and we couldn’t be happier with the final result!  Utilizing our Sony Anycast Station, the video was cut via live switching directly to Avid Media Composer.  To all you coupon clippin mommas out there holdin down the good shopping discounts for your kids, this video is for you!  

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April 27, 2011

Getting OOC at the OYC

Written by Hans Tanner

 

The Overtown Youth Center, or OYC, which we’re pretty sure should be named the OOC (for Out Of Control) was one of the bus’s favorite stops of last years tour.  The kids at this youth center are EXTREMELY enthusiastic to say the least, and their energy is something the crew travels this country searching for.  In fact we didn’t even have to run the generator yesterday, as the bus just ran off high octane OYC expressive electricity.  As the students learned, sang, danced, and played music with us, they had no idea of their inadvertent ability to fortify the bus with enough energy for the next month!  Probably two.  Thank you to the staff and students who helped make yesterday another great stop for the bus.  We can’t wait until next time!

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April 19, 2011

The Lennon Bus visits the Big Easy

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

When we awoke yesterday, we found ourselves in New Orleans, LA! Since we’ve never been there before, we figured we might as well head out and explore the city a little bit. Hans breaks things down on Bourbon Street.

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April 18, 2011

NAB and the Bus in Vegas

Written by Hans Tanner

 

To say that Las Vegas was an absolute trip would be an understatement. Thanks to our good friends at Avid, the bus was lucky enough to attend NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), a convention gathering business savvy individuals from all over the globe.  And it just so happens that they like to convene in one of the craziest cities in the world.  Vegas baby!  If that doesn’t follow the “work hard party hard” mentality then I don’t know what does. Not to be an exception to that lifestyle, the crew had the chance to experience the city after many hard days of work.  And lucky for us, we were greeted by an old friend of Kevin’s… Mamoody! He decided to give us an in depth look at the history of the Eiffel tower in Las Vegas.

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April 02, 2011

Inspired By: The Two John Lennons

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

John was a complicated man, as explorers and envelope pushers so often are.  Contrast the many different stages in his life with each other and it’s easy to recognize that he was a man of change and growth.  His spirit was a steady constant, however, and interestingly his choice in guitar was as well. Way back in 1964, Paul McCartney picked up an Epiphone Casino guitar.  The Casino is a hollowbody electric guitar, similar to the extremely popular ES-335 but with a unique tone (a tone the Beatles would soon make famous).  John tried it out a few times and in 1966, during the recording of the Beatles’ Revolver, John picked up one of his own.  It was a sunburst, standard for the time.  George picked up a Casino too, but outfitted his with a Bigsby tremolo. A lot changed in the coming years, with the Beatles, with John and in the world.  War and psychedelia were everywhere, and John’s art and humanitarian vision were in the middle of it all.  He made his instruments a reflection of the time and had many of them, including the Casino, spray painted and graffitied.  In 1968 John pulled a 180 and went back to basics.  Around the time he and Yoko created their historic album Two Virgins, John stripped the Casino all the way down to its natural wood.  John would carry his natural blonde Casino into the studio for the Beatles’ final recordings sessions and up onto the rooftop for the Beatles’ …

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March 22, 2011

Leggo My Ego

Written by Hans Tanner

 

Sometimes we can let our egos get the best of us.  No, I don’t just have a need to state obvious things today, I only have a different perspective to offer on the list of things you know to be true.  When you live on a bus for 10 months out of the year, travelling the country with the same 4 people (driver included!) there are certain truths you once considered valid that become a little more complicated i.e. that you know exactly who you are and where your faults lay.  Being around the same close group of people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week will always result in one thing that is absolute…. that at least one person out of said group, if not all, gets to know you extremely well.  They see your ticks, what you do when you’re nervous, when you’re truly happy, when you’re sad, the whole shabang.  And more than that, they see your heart.  That is to say they see who you really are, that vulnerable state of being that is not obscured by any fake reaction or quick comeback. It takes a ton of work not to let your ego have its way, but a cool trick many practice is to turn your ego into an object, instead of who you are, and ask yourself why you’re feeling the way you do about any given thing.  It could be something you took offense to, the way you feel about your significant other, …

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March 07, 2011

The Ballad of John and Yoko

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

On March 20th, 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono were officially married. Being the global icons they were and still are, they knew their wedding would garner quite a bit of press. The two decided to utilize their wedding and honeymoon to kick off a global campaign for peace. The Lennon’s viewed this opportunity as their chance to promote peace and protest wars in a non-violent highly publicized fashion. Their efforts resulted in two “Bed-Ins”, one in Amsterdam on March 25, and one in Montreal May 26. Each “Bed-in” was a week long in which they spent their time in bed with open doors for the press from 9am to 9pm. The press jumped on the opportunity in hopes of finding the two in scandalous activity, but instead they sat like angels on white sheets with peace signs in the air. John and Yoko Giving Peace a Chance During the Montreal Bed-in, John, Yoko and friends recorded the now famous “Give Peace a Chance”. It quickly became the anthem for peaceful protesters around the world as controversy continued to grow around the Vietnam War. The Bed-In’s and trials and tribulations John and Yoko had to go through just to get married in March of ‘69 were lyrically documented in The Beatles “The Ballad of John and Yoko”  

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