Brett Dennen has been a long-time friend of eTown ever since his first visit to the show all the way back in 2006.
We always love bringing him back as he is not only a crowd favorite but is also one of our favorite performers to have on the show. Since it has been a while since we revisited one of his shows, we’ve decided to unearth a few recordings from one of his trips to eTown for you to enjoy.
Listen to this excerpt from his visit in January of 2011 and check out the video below of him joining Razia and the eTones for a cover of the Bob Marley classic “No Woman, No Cry”
Today we revisit a very special show from 1992 featuring the late, legendary singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
Sit back, relax and enjoy!
We were digging into the ??eTown Archive? today and stumbled upon this portrait of Lyle Lovett at eTown back in 1996!
Even better we’ve unearthed an excerpt from that show back on April 21, 1996 for all of you eTowners out there! Listen below.
It has simplified what I buy, led to healthier eating habits, and saved me money.
Zero waste living may seem overwhelming at first, but by slowly integrating these three simple and easy ideas we can begin to make important and powerful consumer shifts?—?and truly make a difference!1. “Simplify, simplify.”
Thoreau was definitely on to something when he wrote that.
Zero waste living is more than just about trash?—?it’s about simplifying our wants and needs.
By simplifying our lives from the inside out, we shift our attention to experiences rather than stuff. When we simplify our surroundings, we make it easier to navigate the personal areas of life without feeling overwhelmed.
I’d even argue that simplifying gives us a greater sense of satisfaction and purpose.
We need to start asking important questions about our true wants and needs in every part of our life. Then we can slowly start to peel away the excess and reevaluate what really makes us happy and healthy
What’s truly important to me? What really gives me joy? What do I really need to live the life of my dreams?
I simplified my personal possessions to only what surrounds me. By experimenting with my life like this, I’ve answered those questions.
Three things to focus on when simplifying:
? Less is more.
? Quality over quantity.
? Experiences over stuff.2. Refuse & Reuse.
The easiest thing we can do each day is to refuse single-use disposable wastes like plastic water bottles, to-go cups, plastic wrapped food, food containers, plastic straws & utensils.
Each time we refuse these one-and-done items we send out an important message about how we want to see materials produced, sold, and recaptured to be used again and again (and again and again and again).
When we bring our own reusable containers, cups, bottles, straws and utensils we save resources, build amazing consumer habits, and work towards a greener and more sustainable lifestyle!3. Get Connected.
Nothing is more powerful than flexing our consumer muscles.
By becoming an informed consumer and taking small yet powerful actions, we can make big strides when it comes to shrinking our trash footprint.
We must vote with our dollars and take time to learn about ethical and sustainable agriculture and businesses in our communities. Learn what is recyclable, compostable, and locally sourced. The more informed we are the better! Let’s do this!
“I’ve got too much month, and not enough money.” When I heard G. Love (one of this week’s musical guests) singing this line back at the taping for this week’s episode, it really got me thinking. How many people feel like that on a daily basis? In the song, G. Love doesn’t let it get him down too much, but it hit me hard none-the-less based on my own experiences with that feeling growing up. Watching people like Donald Trump brag about his wealth on national television has become an all too often occurrence in today’s media landscape. He is very proud of himself and his accomplishments. He will let you know how amazing he is (in his own eyes) at any opportunity. But, what about the people in the world that are working hard, putting kindness out in the world, taking care of their families and the people around them? Why do many of them have too much month, and not enough money? Perhaps it is because at the end of it all, while money can buy you a lot of things, and even get you a slot at the podium for political elections these days, it still hasn’t figured out a way to fill your heart or to generate love. When that kind of power is in the wrong hands, you harvest selfishness. It makes me thankful for the people that are willing to go down the harder path – folks like our musical guests that have scraped together pennies during their early years of playing music to keep their dreams alive and bring music (which brings people together) to the world. It also makes me thankful for people like this week’s eChievement Award winner, who built a successful career in real estate, and was living a champagne lifestyle, but saw that he needed to do something more important and impactful for good. All of us can find ways to be like this on the inside, whether it is pursuing an art form, sharing more, smiling more, or finding small and large ways of helping our brothers and sisters around us. We’d all be the better for it. Frankly, I think many of us are growing weary of where this umbilical cord to the Trump mentality is taking us. Let take a step back and take care of the things that matter. Let’s celebrate the fact that we may have too much month. Let’s celebrate that we can wake up each day on a planet that supports our basic needs, and spend our month in the wonders of the good things that are around us. They are all there – beauty, love, kindness, music, art, love. The thing is, you’ll have to turn away from the less important distractions to see them.
We have a great distraction for you this week with our encore broadcast/podcast featuring G. Love, Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde fame) and a wonderful eChievement Award story. We hope you’ll tune in, give yourself a break from some of the madness, and enjoy some great music and conversation. Don’t worry about your money or the month. We will all be OK.
We were digging into the ??eTown Archive? today and stumbled upon this photo of Nick Forster and Ben Harper hangin’ out at our 100th show all the way back in 1994!
Needless to say this brought on some serious nostalgia, so we decided to unearth this wildly fun little excerpt from the show for your listening pleasure. #ThrowbackThursday
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Nick Pourfard is 22-year-old artist, musician, and skateboarder currently combing his multiple talents into one package: guitars built from reclaimed skateboard decks. The San Francisco-based industrial design student taught himself woodworking to tackle the project which he branded as Prisma Guitars. Each instrument is 100% handmade and composed of skateboards that have been used or broken.
Recently, Pourfard had the honor of building a piece for Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. Pourfard explains, “I took every detail of his playing style and aesthetic into consideration. The bass has an off-white painted alder back with skate top featuring colors as close to West Ham as possible. I laser cut a custom mirror pickguard and bound the whole body in black and white to pay homage to his classic original bass.”
After graduating from college with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Zach Balle established a successful career in real estate and found himself living the high life. One fateful night at a friend’s over-the-top birthday party in Las Vegas, Zach found himself surrounded by so much extreme wealth and excess that he knew he needed to make a change in his life. Soon after, he quit his job and co-founded Hug it Forward, a program to build schools in Guatemala using plastic bottles stuffed with trash collected from the streets, the mountainsides, and people’s homes. Since Hug it Forward was founded in 2010, they’ve built close to 40 two-to-three classroom schools that impact over 40,000 children, using a quarter of a million bottles and over 100 tons of trash.
In case you haven’t already seen Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats‘ performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week, do yourself a favor and check it out right now! CLICK HERE TO WATCH
After watching them bring those house down (they received a standing ovation!) we felt like looking back on Nathaniel’s last visit to eTown in 2014 with Gregory Alan Isakov. Watch him perform his two wildly soulful tunes “Nothing to Show For” & “Don’t Get Too Close” and then watch him together with Gregory and our hosts Nick & Helen for a cover of Leonard Cohen’s classic tune “Passing Through”.
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After graduating college, Erin Dinan spent some time abroad volunteering in Africa. When she returned, she knew she wanted to do something to make the world a better place, but she wasn’t sure how. Shortly after moving to New York City to pursue a career in photography, Erin’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Erin was devastated and wanted to find something that would keep her mind occupied while also doing something good. After a chance encounter with a homeless man where Erin gave away half of her sandwich, she decided to dedicate herself to addressing homelessness in New York City by raising awareness and giving out sandwiches. In 2011, Erin founded One Sandwich at a Time to make and donate sandwiches to homeless shelters and soup kitchens in New York. With the help of over 300 volunteers, One Sandwich at a Time has given out over 30,000 sandwiches to feed the hungry.