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October 27, 2010

The Weekly Peace: Pennies for Peace

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

This weeks weekly peace highlights Pennies for Peace. I spent quite sometime trying to write up a better explanation than they already had. It didn’t happen. On that note, the following text is from their website. Their pretty amazing so don’t let your learning end here. Check out there website and be sure to put your pennies to use next time you have some loose change. From Pennies for Peace: Pennies for Peace, a program of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Central Asia Institute, was founded by Greg Mortenson. Greg is the co-founder and executive director of Central Asia Institute, and co-author of the #1 NY Times Best-seller, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School At A Time. The Pennies for Peace service-learning program began at Westside Elementary School in River Fall, WI in 1994, when students, through their own initiative, raised 62,340 pennies to help Greg build his first school in Pakistan. Greg came to Westside at the invitation of his mother, Jerene Mortenson, who was the principal at Westside. The story of the first Pennies for Peace campaign is recounted in the Three Cups of Tea as follows (used with permission): Jerene Mortenson had been anxiously following her son’s odyssey from her new home in River Falls, Wisconsin. After finishing her Ph.D., she had been hired as principal of the Westside Elementary School. Jerene convinced her son to visit, and to give a slide show and speech to 600 students in her school. “I’d been having …

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October 25, 2010

Hans Tanner: The New Guy - Chapter 4 (Life Gets Twisted in Daphne)

Written by Hans Tanner

 

So there are two questions I’ve been asking myself lately: 1. Have I lived a sheltered life? 2. Would any life look sheltered when compared to life with the bus? A noodler for sure, but given the fact that I’ve been prefacing the majority of my sentences with “I’ve never” since being a part of this company, I find myself leaning more towards the first one. As I awoke this morning to an angry downpoor of rain, the activity was soon followed by a flurry of excitement from Ryan and Kevin, both of which were alternating in shouting my name. To be completely honest, it was very similar to the way my two older twin brothers would wake me up on Christmas mornings, only in this instance it was originating from a 24 and 26 year old as opposed to two kids of 8 years. And instead of presents and good Christmas cheer, only lightning, thunder and the impending threat of doom were to be had.  Surprisingly, amidst all this rumbling no sound was heard louder than that of my stomach, sensing its probability of never being fed again.  Of course, the creature had to be satiated, and of course, my last supper was caught on video. Enjoy! HT      

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October 24, 2010

Mackie and Lennon Bus: The Truth Never Sounded So Good

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

It has been said that the art of mixing audio is like painting with sound. Painting requires a canvas to create upon and paint and brushes to illustrate your dreams. Mixing requires a sharp ear and equipment that tells the truth. We like hearing the truth on the Lennon Bus, that’s why we love using Mackie mixers and monitors. When preparing a mix for the radio, iTunes, or a mixtape you want to make sure your artistic decisions are transparent and true, crossing over effectively to all of their potential playback options. The Lennon Bus uses Mackie mixers and monitors for this exact reason. We don’t know where the students are going to take their tracks after a hard days work on the bus, but we do know we want it to sound good. We feel confident handing them a CD at the end of the day after mixing the track on our Mackie HR624mk2’s. Sure our monitors are pretty, they look good and sound better, but they are just as tough as they are sweet. Everyday our studio equipment stands the ultimate road test by traveling across the country on some rough roads and they hold true. Rest assured, if the Lennon Bus is up and running then the Mackie monitors are on and bumping. From public tours to the Black Eyed Peas, our monitors entertain everyone from pedestrians to celebrities. Will.i.am has pushed these puppies to the max and they’ve held their ground so next time you come on …

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October 22, 2010

I Found Out: What Erin Sheena Found Out - The Lennon Bus

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

This past week was a doozy. The crew has been working non-stop in Houston giving tours, recording student sessions, doing live press, and sometimes consuming food and sleeping…sometimes. It was a great week for Hans to find out what it’s all about and for Ryan and Kevin to show him the real ropes of the Lennon Bus. Unfortunately the crew was so busy they didn’t have time to sit down and record an “I Found Out”. This doesn’t mean they didn’t learn anything, this probably means they learned too much and their heads just hurt too much to talk about it right now. That’s okay, we’ll let them sleep it off this weekend. In the meantime we can hear from Erin Sheena. She came on the bus this Wednesday and she certainly found out about the Lennon Bus for the first time.

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October 21, 2010

Mont Blanc: Providing Peace, Love, and Little Z to the Lennon Bus

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Mont Blanc has spared no expense in assuring The Peace and Love Tour is a success. Yesterday the Lennon Bus was parked outside Grady Middle School in Houston, Texas to work with a group of students. The students knew the Lennon Bus was coming that day, however they were unaware that Mont Blanc had flown out Little Z to drop a verse on the students track. I was fortunate enough to be in the front studio with a camera when Little Z first arrived and was able to knock out a quick interview with him. We covered all the typical talking points for a young, up and coming rapper such as rap style, facial expressions, and of course Mont Blanc. Thanks to Mont Blanc for making the magic possible. Check out Little Z’s interview here and be sure to stay tuned to lennonbus.org for the final video.

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October 20, 2010

The Weekly Peace: What’s Your Issue?

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

This past week I stumbled upon the What’s Your Issue Foundation. In a nutshell, they hold competitions for students to produce socially conscience videos and music in hopes of educating and empowering their peers and the world. A lot of the projects we produce on the Lennon Bus take on social issues and provide students with a digital voice that day. If you’ve been on the Lennon Bus and want to continue to use what you learned on board you should check out What’s Your Issue. Below their “About Us” and “Mission Statement” are posted verbatim from their website, there are also some links and videos for you to check out. This past summer while the Lennon Bus was on Warped Tour we worked everyday with the organization Feed Our Children Now. That became our issue for the summer and this is the video we produced Now that you’ve been inspired to go produced your own issue video read more about What’s Your Issue here: About Us The What’s Your Issue Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization which runs an internet-based film and song competition, as well as Y/E, The Young Entrepreneur Network and a program of Video Tutorials.The Film Your Issue competition, in its 5th year, is looking for solution-project ideas to front-burner issues from young adults 14 to 24 in a 3-minute video format, with accompanying one-sheet description. The new Issue Song competition is looking for original 3-minute songs using the power of music to illuminate front-burner issues. We …

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October 18, 2010

Hans Tanner: The New Guy - Chapter 3 (Red Dirt, Jurassic Park, and Life on the Open Road)

Written by Hans Tanner

 

On a recent stop in New Mexico, I was quite eager to exit the bus and enter the realm of red that is the high desert.  It hadn’t really hit me yet, the fact that I was officially outside of California borders didn’t really sink in, until I saw my first red mesa towering in the middle of a vast New Mexico expanse. Unexpectedly, as always, I was ambushed by Ryan hoping to catch my raw emotions in the heat of the moment.  He loves ruining beautiful moments…. I believe it is part of his secret vendetta against the white man.  Hope you enjoy the video! Check back in the future for updates on our adventures into Texas! I’m hoping to boogie down for a hot minute and get in on some authentic line dancing. Peace out friends Hans

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October 17, 2010

Audio Technica: Lennon Bus Gone Fishin’ with Microphones

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

Making music is a beautiful thing. Recording music is a technical thing. Audio Technica helps the Lennon Bus effortlessly combine the two on a daily basis. Each day the Lennon Bus welcomes aboard a new group of students with a new group of dreams. A fisherman has a tackle box of lures for catching the fish of the day and the Lennon Bus has a tackle box of microphones for catching the sound of the day (our tackle box just smells a lot better). From reggae to spoken word, rock and roll to jazz, folk to hip hop and back again, all genres are captured on board the bus. We are very fortunate to have our tackle box sponsored by Audio Technica. Their microphones allow our crew to confidently go out fishing each day in the lake of student dreams and always head home with a catch. Just as the fisherman has his own list of go to lures and fish stories to tell, the Lennon Bus also has some favorite microphones and moments. Check out some of our mic-memories from this tour. Artist vs. Poet lead singer Tarcy Thomason interviews contest winners during a video shoot in Virginia Beach (Audio Technica Microphone - AT6100)   Lead singer of the Story Tellers, Garren Edwards holdin it down for their single “I’m in luv wichu” in Los Angeles, CA (Audio Technica Microphone - AT4047sv)   Singer Songwriter Frank Bell lays down his soulful sound at Hatchfest in Asheville, NC. (Audio Technica Microphone …

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October 14, 2010

I Found Out: Interstate Highways

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Hans finally hit the road this week, and though the bus was mostly traveling from California to Texas, there was still plenty to learn. After visiting Harry Potter’s optometrist (located off exit 9 3/4 on I-40) Hans was able to see clearly how the Interstate Highway system is laid out.

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October 13, 2010

Meet Hans

Written by Hans Tanner

 

Hi all, this’ll be another first of many things I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing while with the bus, my first blog! So far I’ve crossed a state border (does it count if I was sleeping?) witnessed my first “Welcome to” state sign, seen the high desert, shopped at a Flying J, discovered a “Lot Lizard”, seen the origins of Ryan’s tribe, and eaten Indian food, to name a few.  It’s all been nothing but pure awesomeness, and I can’t be more thankful to have the opportunity to experience all these new things with this great crew of people. So who am I and how did I get so lucky? Well I can’t answer the second part, but I’ll do me best on the first. My full name is Hans Tanner Ages.  I’m from a small town called Los Osos, California. I’ve recently graduated from Ex’pression College, and have been with this company for about 2 weeks now.  During one of my many late night talks with Ryan (regarding bus protocols of course) we were rudely interrupted by a giant man peeing on the side of the bus exactly where our heads were located.  As we rushed out with our camera to film this extraordinary event, we realized it was something of a different beast… a broken sprinkler.  Nonetheless, the story had to be told, and this was the result.  Looking forward to more blogs and vlogs and getting to know everybody.  Thankyou so much it’s been an incredibly warm welcome.  …

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