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brettdennen  "Already Gone (Acoustic)" out now.

My second EP for this year is almost done and will be out before you know it. Like the first one, I've been working with @danwilsonmusic and some great musicians and engineers off and on down in LA. Lots of early morning trips down the 5 and 101, spread out over time. Watching the green hills turn to gold. It's all very inspiring.
I'm having the time of my life.

I had a great week unplugging. I spent 4th of July hanging out in San Francisco with hoards of tourists. It was a gorgeous day, I couldn't resist. This will be a memorable summer topped off with a one of a kind benefit concert up in my little neck of the woods. Come see me amongst the beautiful trees and good mountain people. Link in bio.

Happy 4th of July. If you’re off to find water or a grill, share your photos with #LetsUnplug. Until then, I’ll be here. See you next week.
📷: Marissa Parsons

Tickets available at brettdennen.net/tour

Unplugging from social media has forced me to choose my words carefully. Instead of just condemning this "zero tolerance" policy, I'd like to talk about family. Family has made me everything I am. Now that I'm about to be a father, I feel a strong connection with my family and desire to be close to them. That's why we moved to Marin. Both our families are scattered around the Bay Area. I've never strayed too far from family. I don't like how it feels. The first time I went to camp, at the age of ten, I cried the whole week. I was morose with homesickness. For most of my childhood I was homeschooled by my mom, and when I finally went to public school I was in tears for a month. On the bus to school, in between classes, in the back of class, on the bus back home. After high school, I stayed in Oakdale and went to Modesto Jr. College, because I wasn't quite ready to leave home. The day I left for UC Santa Cruz, with all my stuff crammed under the camper shell of my little Toyota pickup, I cried pretty much the whole 3 hour drive. Whether we think we have to crack down on families or even fake families coming into this country because its a way for them to cheat our system or not, families are still being torn apart. I think about those kids, who are way more brave than I'll ever be and the parents, who are going through something I hope I never have to go through. At the link in my bio are some places to donate, that I've checked out. If you know better places to donate, I'm all ears.

Let’s make lots of music. Here are some pictures I took of my friends Benji (Benjamin) Lysaght and @DanWilsonMusic in the studio. That’s what I’ve been up to this past week while I’ve been offline. Please share what you’ve been up to. #LetsUnplug

Got a lot of use out of this guy over the last week. Sign up for my email list at brettdennen.net to make sure you don't miss my weekly check-ins, from a summer without social media. Until then, #LetsUnplug.

In light of how wonderful Memorial Day Weekend was, I’m very excited to be kicking off the summer of #LetsUnplug.

My encouragement: get off your phones and let’s check in every Wednesday to share what you’ve been doing with all your extra time.

The message is simple. Do good things for good.
Do things that make you feel good.

There’s more to come. Next up is a fun summer with @Jason_Mraz. He had the idea to call it “Good Vibes” which I love, and I know you will too. brettdennen.net/tour

See you on Wednesday.

So cool seeing all the #LetsUnplug posts yesterday - looks like it was a great weekend for many people! I hope the process of "checking out" was as cathartic for you all as it was for me. Let's... do it again soon!

I had a great time this weekend with my family, my dog, the water, and some fresh air. It's a wonder how much more of an all-encompassing experience the outdoors can be when you're not focused on immediately sharing every part of it. Some might say, "disconnect to reconnect". I can't wait to see what you all were up to - share what you did this weekend with #LetsUnplug.

Have you watched the video for “Already Gone” yet?
Taking after Vera, I'm going to get out there and do what gives me life. I’m off now for the weekend.
Catch you after the holiday.
#LetsUnplug
📸: @mlynchie

In the spirit of the Already Gone video, I am inviting you to join me in unplugging from social media for Memorial Day weekend so we can be more present.

Can’t wait to see what you all get out there and take part in this weekend. Let’s check back in on Tuesday. I’ll be posting photos with the hashtag, #LetsUnplug and would love to see yours! Don’t forget your sunscreen.

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