Jen Vanderlyn (L) and Kate Vanderlyn (R) - Free Thought

Free Thought. I’ve been asked many times why we settled on that as a band name. We actually derived it one hot summer day while thinking about the countless musicians who have influenced us – The Moody Blues, America, Bruce Springsteen, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills and Nash – and we realized, these musicians, what they write, who they are, all of it is based around the freedom of thought, expression, and poetry, not unlike the musical art we were creating.

And so we named ourselves…

Come to find out a few years later, there is a freethought philosophy, as well, based around unorthodox attitudes and beliefs, as Merriam-Webster and Wikipedia say. Smiling at this discovery, Kate and I knew we were on the right track.

So free thinking continues to define us. It is what inspires us to seek out and write about the odd and overlooked, the fleeting, hidden beauty that exists and stands smiling at us in every city, town, and amusement park…everywhere humanity thrives.

Our mission, then, is to encourage you to appreciate life’s natural beauty, to inspire in you openness to new ideas, and stimulate active observation, interpretation, and expression of every one of those things, those issues, that make all of us so wonderfully and fallibly human.

It’s nice to meet all of you, we hope you’ll have fun experiencing life along with us.

Jen and Kate Vanderlyn