I ALMOST SENT THIS LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF OUR SCHOOL WHO IS THE HEAD OF THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATION COMITEE>>> Hello, my name is Robert Speers and my SID# is 325087.
Today, March 31st, I recieved notice of Termination Of Finacial Aid and a Finacial Aid Eligibility Apeal Packet dated March 29. The deadline for an Apeal Packet to be submitted is April 1st, which is a saterday, office closed, and the day the entire system will be down to repair the security leak problems with our network.
This letter seemed strange to me because my finacial aid was terminated after the spring semester last year. I paid out of pocket about 2500$ for the classes I have taken in '05 and '06. My advisor Tom Lewis, who has retired, help me figure out what was going on. I thought it was funny because I have earned A's and B's at CCV. I did not want to stop taking classes because I earn very little working night shift at an Old Folk's Home. I would like to become a teacher. I hope to attend Antioch NE graduate school in the fall, which explains the courses I have taken to fix the blemishes from Penn State, and shore up my knowledge of Science.
I am at the CCV office right now. I drove up as soon as I recieved this letter. Unfortunetly the academic advisor and finacial advisor are not here, so I can not get an "Approved" CCV Degree Plan. As I said it is strange to see the duality of the world. I received an Award for Academic Achievement in CCV one day, and a letter terminating me because I "have not been making satisfactory academic progress."
I will write a letter detailing "circumstances" tonight and send it in the morning. Hopefully the postmark for April 1st will help me to apeal.......................................................................
I GUESS I SHOULD HAVE READ THE DATE ON THE LETTER TWICE!!!!
"MAY 1st is the deadline, not may first!!!!
JAS' BuBLe Machine got me. I ran out the door freaking out! Oh well ...............
It is a good thing I didn't send this letter to the provost...
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Some kind of machine got you buddy. You really should start reading through your posts if you are going to be a teacher. We don't want a world of kids spelling like Joe Speers!
Nevermind me, I can be a stickler for incorrect grammar and punctuation sometime. Though I am not that good at all that stuff myself.
The only concern that The Daily Supplement has is having anything like pharmies or other drugs related to us. There is no more room in the world for a band like The Disco Biscuits. The FBI would have to employ more people!
"These Are The Keys" would be a great thing to post on your site!
Just make sure it says "These Are The Keys" and not "Where Are The Kets" Thanks!
"The only concern that The Daily Supplement has is having anything like pharmies or other drugs related to us" "Not to be a pain in the ass, but ******* really got mad at ***** when ***** made a flyer and it had some pills on it. They are really against pictures of random pills."
I re-read my previous post and felt bad about the sarcasm. Money can place a veil in the artist's heart. Adopting any sort of foundationary intention for material gain when creativity is involved (just about every trade known to man) can be a tough road to take. I bear wittness that P22's works were to my knowledge a purely artistic undertaking.
Bill --- Marin Headlands. Some of the most beautiful hiking you'll likely ever do. First exit across the Golden Gate Bridge (Sausalito). You can take the scenic route (recommended) by taking a left at the stop sign and going under the overpass. This will eventually about 500 yards down the road go to the right up a small hill. Follow this way to get the prime San Fran / Golden Gate views often featured in Post Cards, etc. Follow the road as it twists along that ridge. Take your first right and follow the road down into the valley. Take a left at the bottom of the hill and follow signs for "Marin Headlands". Once there go all the way to the end of the buildings and park near the restrooms. Walk up into the hills via paved road and take the "scenic" hike. Watch out for poison oak. Lots of trails up there. It is also cool to explore the beach and trails off the left side of the beach.
PS Double check directions on a map. I usually come from the opposite direction. The only possible mistake is the directions just after getting off the exit ramp. You want to be going up and over the hills toward to ocean.
Don't worry Ben, I'm weel aware of the finacial situation. As far as I can tell it has cost me at least $3000 to be in P22. I trace it all back to our 2rd show at the phyrst 3/10/98 where against me literaly begging them not to, Jack and Tim insisted that we pass a hat for $. Well we made 10bucks. If they had stuck to my plan and never charged our friends I think we could have been millionaires by the time the snow melted off of the mountains that year. Honestly until that point we were sinless. A funny coincidence, if you look at my original digital copys of master tapes, all of the cds are silver until that show when I ran out of silver cd's and switched to gold cds. Don't worry though, from my perspective we are still in the planning stages for p22, and in the meantime as soon as someone buys the anthology I'll be sending you a royalty check for 4$/megabytes you played on/ #of people playing on those megabytes which may even yield you 2cents. Send me your address to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send you a copy. I don't have it broken down by who played on what yet, but it will be good if you are familiar with some of the "newer" material so you will be ready if you want to join up for the '09 tour. Even if you can't do the whole tour, we will be saturating your area, so you can play the shows close to home. We have had a lot of success in marin county especialy in Bolinas and Point Reyes Station. We've got about 50 years ahead of us in P22 and only 9 years under our belts...
Interesting sign with the Cd's changing to gold at that particular time. In my opinion it is not a matter of are you or are you not making money when you play but a matter of what is your intention for playing. I think it is a good thing for people to support something when it has enriched them in some way. I almost think it is rude in a way to not give to something that is giving and giving to you. But in this case it is up to the audience.
On the other hand I think it is a good thing to receive something for the work that you do. It is tricky with music especially the domain of music we have been interested in. How do you charge for providing something that has been gifted to you? Again I think if the intention is to be in a sort of world service to ultimately benefit the same avenues that place the seeds inside us to create, sure, seems OK to receive something for that especially if it is a case where you couldn't continue to be in that service lest you be "paid" to do so.
It brings up all sorts of personal money issues. I don't think it is right for a musician to stand up one night and completely blast open someone's heart with the music they give and then go out and sleep on the street while that effected person goes home in their BMW. But again I think putting the decision in the hands of the audience is the best way to go. Let them weigh it out.
I think you would be surprised what you would receive if you said, "we are putting out an anthology with 82 shows on it, we are asking that people look into their hearts and give what they feel it is worth". Seems like a fair thing to ask, especially for such a volume of potential enjoyment.
How does one assign a monetary value to something that can change and benefit their life?
When I look into my heart I feel that I would give $75 for the anthology you are currently offering. It might be a stretch for the P22 demographic (single, unemployed white men).
There is a special spiritual secret in assigning worth to your work. Although many spiritual seekers would love to distract themselves permanetly from the material world, it is in fact part of the whole that needs to be mastered.
Spiritually it is not a matter of how much wealth you have in my opinion but it is your heart's attachment to wealth that needs to be severed.
Money has been given power in this life for a reason. King Solomon is a good example that thwarts the popular belief that money is inherently evil. Money is but another challenge that forces us to examine our intentions. It can be a tool to help people as well as a trap of desire.
There are many people who choose to go sit in a cave withdrawn from the world for years on end but their hearts are still attached to the world. There are spiritual masters surrounded by wealth yet they have no attachment to it what so ever.
I think the highest thing one can do is be a "spiritual person in the market place". Definately a bit more challenging than sitting in a cave.