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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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January 18, 2009

Yoko Ono’s wish trees

Written by Brian Rothschild

 

Great days at Stanford University with help from the Digital Media Academy.  Liyana performed and we met lots of new friends.  As fate would have it, an installation of Yoko’s wish trees coincided with our visit to the Stanford Bookstore, where visitors wrote their wishes and attached them to the tree.  The wishes from the project are all collected and placed in the base of the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland. 

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January 17, 2009

I’m no longer a virgin to blogging….or am I?

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

So this is my first time blogging and I’m a little nervous. I feel a like a bit of an amateur here, but this feeling reminds me of my first day on the bus. On my first day I flew into Baltimore for the Vans Warped Tour and got a glimpse of Maryland in a super shuttle before we met the bus at a Holiday Inn. It was the farthest from home I had ever been. I slept on the couch cushions in the back studio that night and I remember feeling like I was going somewhere. I had no idea of the adventures to come. I have been on the bus for about 3 years now and it has been the greatest learning experience of my life. I’m glad to say I have been a part of and its changed my life forever. Plus I love the Roland V-Drums. This is me with a cactus.

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January 15, 2009

Sea to Sky Highway

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

So I just came from the land of powder waves and took an escalator through the clouds to get there. That’s right, I just returned home to NYC where I work in the Lennon Bus office, from Whistler Mountain in B.C Canada. January on the east coast is a valid time to journey west, much like the Lennon Bus did to California for Macworld and now The NAMM Show. It’s no surprise that the gargantuan proportions of such conventions interest so many people, as computer and music technology have shaped the way we live daily and reflect on our past accomplishments. Whatever the medium, video, still pictures and sound recording, the process can truly be the best part. So here you go, this is the video I starred in on my trip. And although there is no sound track, trust me I could hear a sad melody in my head (next time I will have to remember my I pod for a much needed inspirational song). Because instead the only actual noise I had was the laughter at the bottom at the hill, as I took 45 minutes to get out of this waste deep powder, and the discussion above of the avalanche trainee group using me as a demonstration of what not to do. To all, my advice after this predicament: 1. Snowboarders and Skiers should wear less neon so I don’t get a training group confused with my friends (news flash the 90’s are over) and 2. While the …

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January 14, 2009

How Do I Keep So Fit on the Road, you ask?

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Well I’m glad you asked.  I was just in San Francisco, looking in my hotel mirror after an awesome day of music, video and tours at Macworld, and I thought it was time to answer your queries.

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