Van Eaton Imagines Better World
Through Music Production Company
When Lon Van
Eaton, noted recording artist, producer, and entertainment entrepreneur,
graduated from MCCC in 1968 with an associate degree in Mathematics,
he thought about becoming a doctor. He transferred to Fresno State
University with that goal in mind until an unexpected opportunity
Working as a musician as a sideline while in school, Van Eaton played
clarinet, saxophone, guitar, sitar and other assorted instruments
with his brother, Derrek, for Jacob's Creek, a rock band that hailed
from his native Trenton, NJ. Discovered by CBS/Sony Records in New
York City, they were signed to its label. After a successful tour
and an album release, the Van Eaton brothers signed on to the Beatles'
Apple Records and later A&M Records.
"A demo we did over the summer led to the original offer from
CBS," Van Eaton said. "I remember talking to my Dad and
asking him what to do. He said, 'Do what you love!' So off to New
York City I went. We were in the same hotel with Hendrix, Joplin,
and Dylan. That was an exciting time in Greenwich Village."
graduating from Trenton Central High School, Van Eaton initially
went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, but did not stay long.
"I was confused, drifting, lost and generally without purpose,"
Van Eaton said.
That's when he turned to Mercer. He recalls MCCC as the most important
turning point in his life. "Mercer gave me focus," he
said. "I got A's. I particularly remember a biology professor
with his oyster tie clip, his enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge.
I do my best to be like him and my other Mercer professors."
Derrek and Lon Van Eaton, standing from left, with George Harrison,
seated center. The Van Eatons' time with the Beatles, especially
their participation in the "Concert for Bangladesh," made
a lifelong impression on them about the power of music and media
to make difference in the world.
as founder and president of Imagine a Better World, Inc., a Denver-based
entertainment production company Van Eaton launched in 1985, he is heading
an enterprise devoted to "making conscious change through media."
Inspired by John Lennon's lyrics in the songs "Imagine" and
"Give Peace a Chance," Van Eaton has undertaken philanthropic
projects to promote humanitarian causes. He conceived, produced and directed
"Denver at The Apollo," showcasing the talents of inner city
youth, and Kindness is Doing Something -- KIDS Inc. -- projects also geared
to inner city youth. He launched "Give a Little Love," which
starred Ben Vereen, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in support of the
Boy Scouts of America. He has done pro bono work for the National Jewish
Hospital, the Leukemia Society and the Ronald McDonald House. And, he
finds time to share his knowledge of recording and production with children
and with college students at Arapahoe Community College in Denver.
has a musically versatile background from which to draw. His work as a
singer/songwriter runs the gamut from pop, rock, elektronika to country,
spiritual, jazz and classical, and has been produced by numerous notable
artists including the late George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton,
John Lennon, Ben Vereen, Carly Simon, and Art Garfunkel.
latest humanitarian project, "Ah! The Dance of Life!," is an
operatic musical production scheduled to premiere in Paris this September.
The premiere coincides with a performance by the Symphony for the United
Nations under world-renowned conductor Maestro Joseph Eger's (author of
Einstein's Violin and the show's music director). "Using all art
forms together on a stage is truly amazing," Van Eaton said. "Ah!
The Dance of Life is not typical Broadway fare. I have always thought
that once I learn something, it is time to expand into new areas. This
show is a leap into new territory!"
According to Van Eaton, his message is to convey love wherever he goes.
"We are all one in spirit," he said. "All the ego-based
stuff means nothing. For me, the love of music is discovering the gems
and rarities that are captured and recorded. The energy of each of our
thoughts collectively shapes the universe. This is what Imagine a Better
World is about."
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