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January 25, 2009

Diversity

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

As producers onboard the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus we have had the opportunity to work with some amazing artist. Whether we’re getting it started with the Black Eyed Peas, un-writing with Natasha Bedingfield, or sending S.O.S. signs with Will.i.am and Yoko Ono, we are always being inspired by the artist that come on board. Our latest project was no different. We teamed up with a group of students from San Francisco’s School of the Arts and the band Liyana to work on a project to be premiered at Macworld. The result was “diversity”. To have the opportunity to work on a project that crossed cultures and continents was an amazing thing. Check out the goods below:  

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January 23, 2009

Abbey Road: DMA style

Written by Jaime Walden

 

Just a little light Digital Media Academy reading while taking a stroll to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at NAMM: x mama On Mama’s Jukebox: Julia Darling - “Let’s Do It Again”

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January 21, 2009

The Youth and NAMM

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

The best experience for me at NAMM this year were the young performers on our stage.  Paul Green’s School of Rock showed the possibilities of educational outreach.  Cole Marcus, the amazing drum prodigy proved that he can lead a group of seasoned musicians, and by far, the most amazing performance of the entire weekend was the Trouble with Boys. These kids tore up our stage, and brought people to our stage and impressed and amazed every single person in the audience.  Watching these kids made me realize how powerful music can be.  They just wanted to play, they don’t care about the money, fame, and other things that some people are focused on.  It seriously made me wish time travel was possible….  These kids are awesome, check them out right now! ok, good talk! Erik Niewiarowski

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January 21, 2009

Gene Simmons is Not in this Blog: Post-NAMM

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Hey everybody! I’m just sitting here on in Los Angeles in front of my brand new 15.4” Macbook Pro observing the wonder of the Leopard OS and thinking back on the Winter NAMM 2009.  This was my first NAMM convention, and I was super pumped, and for good reason!  The Lennon Bus is parked outside of the convention center and the weather was amazing!  Ohio was getting literally feet of snow + Anaheim was in the 80s = awesome.  If you don’t believe me, here’s a picture of my shadow taken with my iPhone The Lennon stage was the best place to be, with live music jamming out all day everyday.  I have to say that my favorite performances were by Liyana, where I got to run the pan/zoom shoulder camera, and the group ‘The Trouble With Boys’, a kid group that shredded like a sick(meaning good) adult group.  I met all tons of awesome people working the tents, got to watch some sweet live performances by people like Sheila E, and even saw some University of Miami faculty. Top 5: -Taping the Liyana concert -Watching The Trouble With Boys -Meeting The Glitter King -Listening to the Godin Artists -Meeting all the cool people who come out to help the Lennon Bus " />

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January 20, 2009

you may say that i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one

Written by Jaime Walden

 

“Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.” —from President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address Watching President Obama’s speech today immediately made me think of how every one of us at the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus works together as a family.  Every single position in the company requires everyone to wear many hats.  Our engineers (Jeff, Rob, Tyler, Seamus, Erik, Doug) are not just engineers.  They are musicians, videographers, mentors, friends, and educators.  Our driver Tony does not just drive the bus.  He road manages, pours his heart and soul into his job, and is reliable and loyal to a fault.  Brian, our Executive Director, is more than just the B-child/“brainchild,” he is our leader, our friend, and the one who always makes us feel more appreciated than he’ll ever know.  This past year has been one of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life, and I love everyone in my Lennon family very much.  Today represents something bigger than all of us.  It just reaffirms how one person could “Imagine a studio on wheels,” and how one intangible thought can change the lives of many. x mama

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January 20, 2009

Inventory is like Christmas! The gift that keeps on giving.

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Inventory on the bus is a very important part to keeping things organized and in tact. Organization is a basic necessity for any studio big or small and inventorying your equipment is a great way to achieve this. Its especially great if Johnny P was in your studio and after he left you found you were missing your Audio Technica 4060 tube condenser .....that Johnny P. Yesterday we did a complete inventory of the bus and all the equipment on board. All the way from Pro Tools HD rigs, Apple Mac Pro computers and Sony HD cameras down to Neutrik connectors, we counted it all. It really is an amazing thing to see all this equipment we have on board, a gear heads heaven. I personally love inventory because of the fact that everything is neat and organized and you can find anything by looking at one document. Basically, If your into gear and equipment you need to explore our website, it explains all the cool stuff we get to use with students and artist all across the country. Check it out at: Lennonbus.org/explore. T-Win out.

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January 20, 2009

Obama loves the John Lennon Bus

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

I am excited to see the day when one person will change the outlook of the world.  With another inspiring speech and a sea of hope filled eyes, that day has arrived.  He has come to bring change.  In these coming years of Obama, I hope that education will not be overlooked, like it has been in the past.  In our eyes, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will continue to play an amazing part in inspiring and educating students in media and arts; and with the turn of a new age in leadership we might be able to make permanent changes in schools. Although our schedule on the road limits us to short 1 to 2 day stops at schools, we are able to enable the educators, with limited budgets, ideas of how to keep projects going after we leave.  Like investing in an iMac and teaching basic video editing and music production with the tools that come with any apple computer, such as imovie, idvd, garageband etc.  A small start, such as this, is the road to a greater outcome. Now, more than ever, these things will be possible.  For too long now schools and education have been neglected.  We must all fight for what shapes our culture so we can continue to share and inspire the rest of the world.  We will continue to do our part in this goal, and appreciate your support. Here is Obama’s plan for the future of education in the arts.  Check it …

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January 19, 2009

jet-setting

Written by Jaime Walden

 

Sometimes I like to play a little game that I’ve dubbed “Psychic iPod.”  Basically, I ask the all-knowing iPod a question, such as “How will NAMM go this year?”  My 8gb nano then clairvoyantly replied “Heavy Lifting” by Ambulance Ltd.  Sir Nano was right.  This year we had quite the set-up.  Our bus was parked outside at the Arena Plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center, acting as the backdrop for our 16’ x 24’ stage.  (Along with a certain palm tree that shall remain nameless detested by both Brian and myself.)  In addition to around six live performances per day, public tours, taking photos, and shooting video, we also had our Rockband 2 and demo gear tents for show attendees to rock out a bit for themselves.  It’s always special for me to fly out for these types of events and watch everything come together.  A lot of planning goes on behind the scenes at the office that is truly rewarding to take in on-site.  When most people walk the show floor or go to a concert, the goal is to maximize the attendees’ experience.  Back at the office, every minute detail such as parking, power, catering, credentials, lodging, transportation, artist scheduling, lighting, layouts, (I could go on) all has to be coordinated in such a way to make the show flow work.  At the end of the day, the staff’s long hours churned out another successful event.  It’s always so much fun to see the guys, get a great tan, …

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January 19, 2009

Martin Luther King’s daughter Yolanda explains it all

Written by Brian Rothschild

 

Yolanda King stopped by a few years ago and together, we put together this inspiring video.  Sadly, Yolanda passed away in ‘07, but her memories of MLK live on.  Learn about the “love keys” and how to be a “change agent”.

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January 19, 2009

A Clear Message

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

The Slogan is a powerful message. This is known as we pop Mentos “the fresh maker” into our mouths, or kneel down to tie a pair of Nike shoes and proceed to “just do it”. But all too often the “want” out rules the “need” in such messages. I’m not going to delve into the obvious that we are a consumer nation, but some messages are free and just don’t speak to our wallets. The attendance of Obama’s inauguration day is expected to bring millions of people together, and with all eyes on Washington the message of “Imagine Peace” is a slogan free of charge to open our mind. Oh yeah, and the slogan of “Change” is a pretty good one too. To our delight Yoko Ono has shown us the writing on the wall. This is from Yoko’s MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/officialyokoono January 9th, 2009 yoko ono Imagine peace! It’s hard to kill people when we’re imagining peace. There would be no more war. If we all imagined peace, It sounds simple, but it’s true. So, go see the billboard: IMAGINE PEACE. Just one glance and it will stay with you forever. It’ll speak to you in your dreams, and even give you a good night’s sleep Let’s make 2009 the Year of Peace! Give our children a good chance to live. I see them smiling and dancing with joy. Let’s all together IMAGINE PEACE. With love, yoko 901 6th Street., NW, Washington, District of Columbia, USA 20001-2646 On the side …

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