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La historia de Guillermo Marin (The story of Guillermo Marin)

Guillermo Marin

Con sólo 25 años las canciones de este artista español (Zaragoza) han vendido cientos de miles de copias en todo el mundo de la mano de diversos artistas: TamaraCortésNaím Thomas o La Barra (en Argentina) y próximamente Sergio Dalma.

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Tel Aviv – Ramallah – Amman

Monday began with an initial meeting with the Rimon administration and faculty.  We reviewed our longstanding partnership and addressed issues around curriculum transfer and student recruitment.  There is apparently a surge of interest in Rimon’s songwriting program with 150 students currently enrolled.  The program is taught by some of the best known songwriters in Israel and some of the graduates of this program have already gone on to successful careers.  We held an information session in the afternoon, reviewing the application process and answering questions regarding the audition and interview.

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Arrival in Tel Aviv

After a 4-hour layover in Frankfurt, we arrived safely in Tel Aviv and made our way to the Melody Hotel.  This is part of a larger strategic plan to stay only in hotels that have names associated with music (;JK).  We just know there is a mixolydian or phrygian hotel out there somewhere.  I am traveling with Greg Badolato VP International Programs, David Mash VP Technology Resources (who is accompanied by his wife Erica) and Myra Hindus VP Cultural Diversity.  This is the first stop in a 3 city tour that will include Ramallah and Amman.  Our hosts arranged a welcome dinner on Sunday night.  It is now Monday morning and we will have our first meeting with the Rimon administration this morning.

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Faith and gospel leads teen to Boston from Robert Johnson Blues Showcase

Crystal Springs is more then 200 miles south of Clarksdale.  It is 10 miles north of Hazlehurst, where Robert Johnson was born.  A grandson of the most legendary Delta blues musician is Steven Johnson.  He and his family make their home here.  Steven’s father, Claude, Robert Johnson’s son, and his mother live close by.  At one time, Steven was a teacher at the Crystal Springs High School, where he also attended.  He is now vice president of the Robert Johnson Blues Museum and Foundation.  The storefront museum is in the Crystal Springs historic district.  Among its items is an upright piano that a local resident donated after a family member admitted seeing Robert Johnson play it.

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Alumni at the Juke Joint Fest

In between sets by the Delta Blues Museum’s Arts and Education Program and Grammy-winning Delta blues legend Honeyboy Edwards, I had the chance to catch-up with a couple of people who had spent time on Berklee’s campus.

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