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Am I reading this correctly? Is this really your lineup?


Well, I’m not sure what you’re reading, but it’s a pretty knockout line up once again this year!


Wow! You know this line-up looks better than almost any festival I’ve ever seen in the country! {Dave Matthews Band, Arcade Fire, Eddie Vedder, Beck, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters, Neil Young, Santana, Mumford and Sons...}


It’s a great lineup, but we have been blessed. We have the new DVD coming out, and the CD set coming out, and looking over all that material from the past 24 years, it was really mind- blowing to step back and see what’s happened. Because when you’re in the thick of it, you just don’t have that perspective, but when you step back and look at it, it’s really humbling. I’m amazed that artists of this caliber, all of them, have come and played for our organization. We went from doing one show a weekend to all weekend and that’s a lot of people… we’ve got the audience, the crowd. It’s a huge event now, and we’re just really proud to be associated with it.


Pegi, I’ve interviewed several of these artists, and these are wonderful, conscious musicians. What we generally talk about is their humanitarian causes. We don’t always get to the music. We want to support them and connect them with the audience on a human level. Beyond just being top-tier musicians, they seem to be beautiful people. That says a lot.


I think that’s gotta be true, for sure, for them to even be interested in playing a benefit to begin with.


It feels like a mini South by Southwest Festival.


SXSW is such a great festival, we got the opportunity to play there one year, and what I loved about it was all the new music, all the young energy that surrounds that festival in particular. It was just great. I mean, the whole town was just Music! Music! Music! It’s just fabulous.


It’s surreal! I feel like time stops here in Austin, for 10 days it’s a whole other world. Time stops.


It’s another reality!


Yeah! It’s so much energy. A friend of mine was at your home last year. I told him about this interview, and he told me how impressed he was with you and your work. And he couldn’t believe that I didn’t know about this school. He said, “If you don’t know about this school, then there are thousands of other people that don’t know about this project.” I’m thrilled to help expand the awareness further.


Be true. Be as true and honest with yourself as you can, and then


you’ve just got to let it go from there out into the universe.


I sincerely appreciate that. Even though we started with a small school and an immediate need to create an environment that was appropriate for our kids, we had this dual mission of having global outreach. This was in the mid- ’80s, when the Internet didn’t exist, cell phones didn’t exist! A lot of the vehicles we use today to achieve that mission didn’t even exist. But it was always a core, key element to our intent, because we knew that only a small number of individuals who could benefit from what we were doing at the Bridge School would be able to actually get to the school. By way of the International Teacher In Residence Program, and the camp, and the presentations, and the publications, and we host an international conference every other year, and of course our website, we’re really able to expand our reach in a really effective and targeted way.


Is that the best way for people to donate to your cause financially, through the website?


Yep, there’s a place on every page of the website that says “Donate Now.” You just click on it... Small amounts can go a long, long way.


I know our time is running out, but I wanted to talk about your music and didn’t really get a chance. What is it on your new album that you’re most excited


about? Your most personal song? I know every song is personal, but is there one that really strikes you in a deeper place that you’re most intimate with?


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