Had a chance to meet with Penn in the kitchen. We then took walk, and ended with song. He’d been doing a lot of yoga shows, the most recent of which was hot session. We talked about how the nylon string Is not only useful in hot yoga, but also as a lover of Cat Stevens. Check out his new record: there are 3-5 tunes with premium nylon fingerpicking sound.
In the kitchen. I served Penn organic food: cookies (that was making for an event - probably last batch ever, because my cookies are so dangerously delicious), and kombucha. All vegan. His fitness efforts on the road. It's a challenge, but he compromises. Penn says: he goes to shops, parks, vegan-friendly cafes, and other places where people are available for conversation - this helps him stay healthy. Nugget, from one of Penn’s female friends: belly rules mind in many ways. He’s been replacing alcohol, most meat, most dairy, with better options, and being flexible.
We talked about his evolution as a musician. Rusty Banks, one of his Franklin & Marshall teachers, offered some theory, but also some songwriting craft. Then he studied abroad in Australia (junior year). In The Bridge, his host family’s band, everyone was playing a role, and contributing effort - he was inspired by this, and feels it is an Australian trend America could use more of. Already interested in environmental action, sustainability, professional activism, and social change, Penn was able to gain solid foundation as aspiring artist.
Some of Penn's goals. Wants to go to Standing Rock. Penn wants to have team: publicist, social media guru, videographer/photographer, supporting musicians, and more. They'll act as an independent universe, in custom van, doing many things together. Meet Willie Nelson.
More details. Going to live in musician commune in Austin. Jody Seer, of Mainstream Music, is his manager, friend. Loves hearing people singing along, covering songs; after having fraternity brother attend a Philadelphia show, the brother covered When Things Get Green as camp counselor.
Experiencing Turbulence is the name of Penn’s new album (available at BohoZone, and our website). It’s about recent road experience, a sort of meditation that guides this lifestyle: give more than you take to be set free. Sound: bare bones, with some production). Stories: overcoming liquor store problem Florida gulf - had to heal self. Approach: increasing awareness by exploring culturally relevant items in upbeat way. Contemporaries: Trevor Hall, Nokho & Medicine For The People. All the lyrics are on his website.
All things in time!