Laura V. ‘Galaxies’ tutorial prompt VS Ben L. ‘Giving Tree’ result

Laura Veirs a singer-songwriter, mom, teacher and author in Portland, was slated to teach at Stanford April 4-5, then perform at The Mitch, April 6 — all postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic and “shelter in place”.

Laura meanwhile posted a tutorial on her Raven Marching/self-titled Youtube channel for “Galaxies” — now with nearly 2,000 views — and later nine other songs. I meanwhile, partly as a gift to Laura, and plaintiff whelp, send her prompt to some friends and family – -including other Earthwise at the Mitch performers, past and prosective.

Terry, Terry my wife, the artist and front line health care worker, Terry Acebo Davis, suggested Ben down the street. A few weeks elapsed — I had posted the six previous results — but today on our way back from not-the-farmers-market — the farmers-gray-market — we saw Ben and he appeared in rare form, the sun was just right and it was Shabbat, I thought to hit him up.

Ben L. from Palo Alto — not Ben my nephew in Daly City and not Ben in Portland who works with Laura – -and not me — ok, I do have a walk on or cameo, and I’m the camera guy, and I’m the Hal Willner of Downtown North, and a fan of the late great Mal Sharpe, “Man on the Street” — but my middle name is Ben, too, or Bennett and I briefly, when I was 8 signed my papers in Mrs. Todd’s class “Ben The Great”, with his response to Laura Veirs “Galaxies” just the barre chords, strumming pattern and first verse – -its about sadness or loss or people, and fish:

By the way I marked this one “sex” which means “gender” because Ms. Veirs is a woman, w, o, m, a, n, and “austistic” sic because the only time I’ve met her or seen her perform — half a set — was in Austin at SXSW in 2005. Here is her tutorial: it’s actually A minor, C, G, F barre chords: Here is the original which you will note has a very nice video and the song itself, the performance, is very well produced – -she was on Nonesuch for a while the best label for hard to categorize good music. A huge imprimatur. She found me thru Bill Frisell. I will report back if she either agrees to re-schedule – -no sooner than the fall, certainly, or officially passes. She is offering an online version of her songwriting course, or something like it. I guess you could add “actor” to her CV: coda: Here is Sylvie S of SF — clip from the previously posted or published version — I called it the Earthwise Siphonophore Chorus named after a long-tailed sea creature: Edit to add, later that day: i’ve watched Ben’s video 10 times it’s perfect; Rereading the text I realize that “plaintiff whelp” It is probably not the best I can do; I mean parentheses pleading parentheses Howl or yell or utterance parentheses maybe “Plaintive yelp” there was a dog in the scene plus a butterfly

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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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