Change along the way

Happy Anniversary to Us! How Love has Changed Our World

weddingAugust 24, 2012 is our tenth wedding anniversary. This photo is of us exchanging our vows – singing Buddy & Julie Millers’ Holding up the Sky. We started to write our own, but couldn’t’ have said it better than they already did.

Wow. Ten years.

It seems silly to say, but it has truly taken everything  we’ve have been, and every circumstance we’ve each been through to become who we are.  Our love for each other has inspired and spilled over into the love we feel for everyone and everything in our lives. Our deep love for our children (and now our new grandson)… for people of all cultures, faiths, and lifestyles… for the things and circumstances that have forced us to grow… for friends with whom we disagree, but love for who they are.

Love is a very powerful thing. And make no mistake, love changes the way we look at the world and everything around us. We are all love, because love is all there is.

Our gift to you, in celebration of our ten years together, is a free download of our love song, Sonnet.

Just click Download to get to the download page then click Buy Now and enter zero (0) for the amount. You’ll see the green download button. No email address required, its just our gift.

Here’s a video of a live, acoustic version of Sonnet from earlier this year, at Russ & Julie’s House Concerts.


Bev & Greg

Listening to Our Own Words: Love Can Change The World CD Release Nov. 13

Our new CD, Love Can Change The World, has been out for a little over a month. Airplay around the US and in Europe is increasing, and we’re getting wonderful feedback on the songs, arrangements, production, and most importantly, the message.

A few months ago, we were on track to orchestrate a BIG CD release event here in the San Francisco Bay Area. We were looking at renting a theater, creating a plan for sponsorship, dreaming about sets and banners and using the BIG lights… you get the picture.

Then, we remembered what this collection of songs is really about. It reflects where we are – where a lot of us are – in our lives. It’s about simplification. It’s about paying attention to what’s important. It’s about being grateful for the love in our lives. It’s about understanding that what we already have is exactly what we need. It’s about recognizing that all around us – from the poorest village in Africa to right here in the Bay Area – there are children who are hungry. People who are cold. Families who need help.

So, we’re celebrating the release of Love Can Change The World on a smaller stage, at Mission City Coffee Roasting in Santa Clara California. And we’re combining it with a One Warm Coat drive to benefit Sacred Heart Community Services in San Jose. This alone won’t change the world, but it’s something we can do, to start.

7:00 pm Sunday November 13, 2011
Doors open at 6:30 for dinner, seating and coat donations

Mission City Coffee Roasting Company
2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara California

Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon, with Dan Robbins on bass, John Hasty on drums, Dave Allender on guitar and Deborah Thacker on harmony vocals

We are not selling tickets in advance, but reservations are highly recommended as this is an intimate listening room.


We’re offering two ticket choices, payable by cash or check at the door:

$10 plus the donation of One Warm Coat (or more)
$20, which includes a $10 donation to Sacred Heart Community Services

If you’re in the Bay Area, we hope you can join us. Love CAN change the world, and we all can play a part.

Recycling Tires as Tomato Planters for Earth Day

We love tomatoes, and its time to get some planted.

We’re renting a small house now, with a nicely landscaped backyard designed for easy care – and it comes with a gardener, which is terrific for us. The question was, where to plant the tomatoes? There’s a nice area at the back corner that gets plenty of sun, we just had to come up with a portable, temporary planter for our garden.

Then Bev remembered Tante Melita. She was Bev’s mom’s German aunt, but to everyone in our family she was simply “Tante.” Tante was the Queen of recycle/reuse, and she loved gardening. In her back yard on Justin Lane in Austin, Tante grew vegetables, flowers, caster beans to ward off mosquitoes… you name it.

And she used old tires as planters.

So here’s our vision for our Earth Day Tomato Planting Project… enjoy.

This annotation was created on an iPad with Doceri software, the voice over (Bev) and guitar (Greg) were recorded with Quick Time screen capture.

Now it’s time to get off the computer and head out for some potting soil…

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Building community through music in Santa Barbara

Music has the power to pull people together in community. Ask anyone who has hosted a house concert or volunteered for a music festival or coffeehouse concert series.

In fact, ask Roy Donkin.

Roy remembers the magic of the Eighth Step Coffeehouse in upstate New York – now in its 43rd year. Roy is a musician himself so he knows first hand that music is powerful stuff. Roy is also the pastor of Cambridge Drive Community Church in Goleta California, which has a wonderful commitment to opening its doors to the community.

And if you asked Roy how music can build community he’d probably invite you to to see for yourself, at the first acoustic music event in the Cambridge Drive Concert Series on October 1. We’re incredibly honored to kick off this new concert series in the Santa Barbara area.

Cambridge Drive Concerts presents
Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon
Rebecca Troon opens
Friday Oct. 1, 2010
Cambridge Drive Church
550 Cambridge Drive, Goleta Calif.
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Call 805 964-0436 for reservations

Follow the Cambridge Drive Concert Series on Facebook

People Helping People in Solvang

We're headed to Southern California this weekend for a couple of shows that focus on songs and their writers. We love those. There's nothing like hearing songs straight from the heart of the writer, its always inspiring to us and to the audience.

We'll be in North Hollywood on Saturday night for Acoustic Los Angeles Live! at Hallenbeck's General Store and in Solvang on Sunday for Songwriters at Play, at the Carivintas Winery Tasting Room.

We love the Santa Ynez Valley, and Solvang is such a quaint town. Our friends have told us we have to try the aebleskiver. But we also wondered what's going on in the Solvang Community? Who are the people there who are changing the world through love?

Here's what we found:

Thriftstore_03 People Helping People was founded in 1992 by several local citizens and
government officials who saw the need for a local non-profit
organization to supply emergency and Short-term social services. They also assist individuals and
families extricate themselves from a cycle of poverty and empower individuals and
families to become self-sufficient. People Helping People began its
service to the Valley in 1992 from donated office space in the Veteran's
Memorial Hall in Solvang.

PHP operates a Thrift Store in Solvang, we're thinking we'll stop by. After the aebleskiver.