Earthwise Siphonophore Chorus tribute to Laura Veirs

April has been the cruelest month to Laura Veirs and her fans down here in the Six-Five-Oh. Instead of both a workshop at Stanford and a show at The Mitch, we have various examples of woodshedding.

Using my magic box, I reached out to some proxies, whom collectively I am calling The Earthwise Siphonphore Chorus — a siphonophore is a very long creature, you might see under the sea.

1. Ben Davis of Brisbane area:
2. Beauman Edwards of Palo Alto, Boston and sometimes Montreal chimes in (8 pm Thursday): 3. Thursday evening, Eric Cohen (Los Angeles and Stanford, CA): 4. Friday evening — and I have a couple more reports from friends of mine pledging to learn Laura’s song, maybe over the weekend. My goal would be to have a day where there are more Earthwise Siphonophore Chorus “Galaxie” demos than Covid-19 deaths reported in Santa Clara County… Carla Wray (Palo alto) 5. Saturday afternoon Steve Cohen (Los Angeles, Stanford, California) And by the way, this is Plastic Alto post #2,600… This one, number 6, does not really count because it’s just me, I had created a couple short vines more to shame my friends into doing a better job. I could probably learn my way to those chords, with an in-person tutor, but it would take me several hours of focus, and I cannot focus on things that well these days, plus the whole self-cancelling thing — my previous guitar teachers were named Hershel Yatovitz and Laura Chavez, by the way. Plus, Rob Lederer showed me a few drills, and my nephew Ben and sometimes Eric, help me, by opening my tuning, for instance, which is a cheat and wouldn’t count here. I find that I resort to humor to compensate for the lack of musical prowess — but I feel I tell the same two or three jokes over and over again or as permutations. To the extent I try to perform at all or endeavor at a facility or faculty with a tool of music, it is to increase my profound respect for the actual masters of those tasks. Monday, early afternoon: Sylvie Simmons (San Francisco and I think England: London — I know I asked her her team and I think she answered Chelsea) I want to point out that this is a cover, meaning she does the entire song, beyond the chords and the chorus. Another picture of Laura, slightly nicer; it’s surpassed 1,000 views:

About markweiss86

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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