Respect to Laura Chavez my former guitar teacher and Foothill College Music 7e, winter 2002 classmate, appearing twice today in San Jose, with singer Nikki Hill, her 3rd such tenure, more soul than blues, I dear say

860D28B1-EC3D-438B-B89E-9B6A9E322ED4There’s a little bit of Laura Chavez in this, and a little bit of this in Laura Chavez, keep in minding that the Blues Resource Center in Los Altos Hills, CA that me, Mike Sult, Janis Stevenson and “Dean Graham” discussed doesn’t really exist outside these pages;

Hi Mark,

I’ve talked to Janis and we’d both like to meet with you
to discuss the archive. Janis recently had knee surgery
and would like to wait another week to allow for more
recovery of her sore knee. She’s looking at her schedule
for the week of feb 21-25. Are you available in the early
afternoon? It would be nice to get together.

Mike Sult

Mike Sult:
Regarding this letter that magically popped out of my
email archive just now:
I’ve actually made some headway about the “blues
archive” I had mentioned below. Mike Kappus of the
Rosebud Agency said recently that I can fish around on
his behalf for a academic institution that would house
his archives. He was the agent for John Lee Hooker,
Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt.

I traded emails about this recently with Janis.

Mark Weiss
dba Earthwise
(650) 322-xxxx

— MikeSult <mikesult@guitarland.com> wrote:

Hello Mark,

(mike responding here)
What a fabulous letter! I’m so glad to hear your
ideas
and willingness to help make it better. I
especially like
the idea of a class concert with a pro headliner and
making the class the basis of an academic center on
the
history of the blues. Janis and I will be discussing
the blues
class during this next quarter, I would love to
include you
in our discussions. These are really terrific
ideas. Thanks.

see you in class,

Mike Sult

 

Dear Janis and Mike:

As the Music 7E “History of The Blues” winds down
and
the panels kick in, I’m suddenly seized with a
brainstorm of ideas regarding your work that I wish
to
share with you.

First of all, I think this is a great class. And I
think it should definitely be re-offered. If I can
be
a resource to you in terms of development of the
class, I’d be glad to do it.

Along those lines, I have an idea: I was
definitely
moved by both the performances by class members and
by
invited guests, such as Futoshi Murioke. As I told
Janis today, I’m hoping to bring in Chris Cotton of
the Blue Eyed Devils (my management client) to sing
some Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson songs as an
object lesson on the influence of Delta and Country
blues. Although I was not able to arrange a visit
from
John Hammond, it is really not that far-fetched of
an
idea. One of my suggestions would be to continue to
go
after special guest lecturers or performers to
augment
the curriculum (which, by the way, I think is
great:
the Wyman book). There’s definitely a lot of blues
people in the Bay Area who might be interested in
coming in to speak to your next class. That’s an
area
I can be useful in, I believe.

My big idea is that I wonder if, as you continue to
teach this course and it gains momentum and
popularity, you might formalize a program of
bringing
in guests. I also wonder, in a related thought,
that
with so many performers in the class, maybe someday
you can have a class concert, perhaps in
conjunction
with an appearance by a professional recording
artist.
I’m wondering about the idea of your class being
the
basis for an academic center on the history of the
blues. For example, maybe you could get a grant to
facilitate bringing in guests, then you could
videotape them talking or performing and archive
your
results. I also think that it might be useful and
fun
to make copies of all your student papers this
quarter
and archive those; at a certain point you might
have a
pretty valuable little collection. (I’m reminded of
a
course at Sonoma State on Censored News where the
class actually puts out a book each year on
censored
stories). I’d be willing to help out in advising or
developing this proposal. I know some people who
might
be able to help, both in the music business and the
philanthropic realm. I also wonder for example:
John
Lee Hooker lived in Redwood City: maybe if Foothill
had a project dedicated to the blues that we might
be
able to solicit the donation of some of his
archival
papers. (I do business with the office of his agent
and could inquire about such a likelihood).

The blues are a great subject. What inspired you to
teach this class is a valid urge. I wonder what the
upside could be as you continue your work. (And I
wonder what role I might play).

Sincerely,

 

Mark Weiss
student, Music 7E Winter ’02
Owner, Earthwise Productions and Management
Palo Alto
(650) 949-xxxx
PO Box 60786
Palo Alto, CA 94306

 

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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