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November 19, 2010

The Beatles. iTunes. Heaven.

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

When I was in 6th grade I remember watching a The Beatles Anthology TV series in 1995. I sat with legs crossed and eyes wide as my mind was filled with curiosity as to who these four men were. My following birthday I asked my mom for CD’s. The Beatles Anthology to be specific. These were the first CD’s I ever owned. At the time I was excited, no doubt, but little did I know the impact that this decision would make on my life. The Beatles now being available on iTunes now allows todays generation as well as generations to come to be one click away from the most powerful music group in history. Music is important to have, but it is even more important to share. This holiday season share the magic with someone you love, even if it’s $1.29 at a time.

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November 18, 2010

That’s All Folks

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Sitting in the airport terminal somehow makes it official, wheels have been traded for wings and 2010 now plays the fading moon as the sun begins to rise on the new year. While I sip on my over priced airport coffee I look back on what has been an amazing year for the Lennon Bus. During this holiday season join us as we look back on all of the amazing people we met and projects we made, from Yoko Ono to TED, The Black Eyed Peas to the OYC, we have covered the spectrum of imagination. Thanks to everyone that has made the 2010 tour possible and to all those already getting their hands dirty for 2011.

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November 02, 2010

The Weekly Peace: Veterans for Peace

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

This time last year the Lennon Bus was headed to South Beach. Hurricanes were churning up high winds and reporters were flying around with tough questions; tough questions because our mission that week was to Honor Veterans. This was a strange task for a bus with a famous peacenik stamped on the side of it. The contrast quickly fades though as you begin to do your research. November 11th is known as Veterans Day in the United States but it derives from Armistice Day, the day World War I was drawn to a close with a peace treaty. Countries across the world celebrate this day, all with a different name attached to it. Whether you call it Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day, they all intend to Imagine Peace for a day and honor those that lost their lives fighting for it. This November 11th we’ll be premiering our work from last year and we’d love for you to check it out. While we have you hanging in anticipation though we’d love to tell you about a great organization that we worked with last year in Miami as well as in an impromptu video shoot in Santa Monica. Here is a little info from their website: Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. There is an annual convention each year attended by …

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November 02, 2010

AVID Imports Zombies to Savannah

Written by Hans Tanner

 

A big part of this job is being comfortable with uncomfortable situations, so yesterday was just another day in the life on the Lennon Bus. When I was a kid, I never EVER liked to put on face paint when any kind of social gathering called for it. The fair, Harbor Fest, Halloween, it didn’t matter, no paint was to be put on my face.  The smell, the sticky texture, the weird looks you get from others, none of it has ever seemed even slightly appealing to me. That being said, when I was assigned yesterday to be transformed into a zombie I was not exactly thrilled at the idea…   However, I’d be hard pressed to recall a day I’ve ever laughed harder.  My brain slurping cohorts and I wreaked havoc throughout Savannah for the entire day. We filmed in a local graveyard, shot in dark alleyways, and crawled throughout the streets. Of course, scaring the snot out of unsuspecting civilians along the way.  Being that it was Halloween, what better way to spend the night then to carry on the day’s activities at the local dance hotspot?  After a healthy serving of upper frontal lobe, Kevin and I were the last standing zombies. We hobbled our way into the middle of a crowded dance-floor and proceeded to “zombie seizure” our way around our victims.  Girls screamed, and guys stared in disgust as their partners no longer wanted to dance for some reason.  All a cap to an epic day …

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November 01, 2010

The Mbox Family: Easin’ the Wean

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

I consider myself a techie. I consider my home a toy box. Living on board the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a dream come true. As we travel all across the country creating magic with students and artist one day at a time, many people ask us about our lives on the road. However, few people ask us about our time off the road. The Lennon Bus has a tour schedule that keeps us busy for 10 months out of the year, but what about those other two months that we are not living on board a world class recording studio? At first thought you may imagine that it is a nightmare going from having a bus that yields the highest production value to sitting on your own couch at home having nightmares about bus call. Luckily for me Avid Pro Tools has made the weaning process an ease. The MBox family allows me mobility without compromising quality. I can take all I learned this year out on the road and keep tracks cooking at home working on music with my friends. This winter I’m going to miss the bus, but I’m not going to have to miss the quality of music Avid affords me on board and at home.

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October 28, 2010

I Found Out: Young Rappers, Movies, and Ant Hills

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

This week, the Lennon Bus combatted a flurry of activity, all of which have been accumulated in this week’s “I Found Out.”  Some were painful, some were hilarious, and some were just down right throwed!  Check out the video for details.  Peace!

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October 28, 2010

Goin’ Old School in San Francisco

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Recently, the Lennon Bus was in California for a number of different events.  One of those events happened to take place in San Francisco.  The next day, we had some down time.  We decided to take that opportunity and shoot a video…old school style.  We wanted to make a short film in the same vein as an old Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton film.  Basically we wanted it to look old.  Oh yea, we wanted it to be French, too.  The French part was easy.  We went down to the local costume shop and procured a couple of striped shirts and berets.  The first part (making it look old), was a bit more difficult.  See, out on the Lennon Bus, we shoot with some VERY MODERN and pretty high tech cameras, like the Sony EX-1 and the Sony EX-3.  We didn’t really have a budget (none at all, in fact) to purchase an old camera, let alone all the film stock and processing fees, so we had to figure out a way to make the footage that our cameras captured look very old. Luckily, we have a very good friend in Apple’s Final Cut Studio. By utilizing just a few filters in this fantastic program, we were easily able to attain the look we were shooting (camera pun, get it???) for. Our footage originally looked like this:   The first thing we did, was use the 3-way color Corrector to adjust the colors levels just a bit:         …

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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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