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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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4Play: Duncan Sheik, Various Artists, Kate Bush, Various Artists

Kristi Kates - July 11th, 2011
Duncan Sheik - Covers ’80s - Red General
Part karaoke extravaganza, part (one would think) stroll down an
experimental version of an ’80s memory lane for singer Sheik, this
collection veers between true-to-the-original covers and (more
intriguingly) Sheik’s own interpretations of these eighties classics.
Fortunately for the listener, Sheik chose some of the smarter ’80s tunes,
as opposed to the throwaways (of which there were many); standouts include
his takes on The Thompson Twins’ floaty “Hold Me Now,” Howard Jones’
previously synth-dark “What Is Love?”, and Tears for Fears’ Hughes-worthy
classic “Shout” heard through Sheik’s unique arrangement lens.


Various Artists - Rave on Buddy Holly - Hear Music
Buddy Holly is paid tribute in this new covers collection that’s pretty
evenly divided between versions that are solidly loyal to the original
tracks and versions that take more than a few modern-day liberties.
Several of today’s quirkiest buzz bands are included here, from Modest
Mouse’s bouncy take on “That’ll Be the Day” and Florence and the Machine’s
version of “Not Fade Away,” and Cee-Lo Green’s fitting, if slightly wacky,
“(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care.” Elsewhere on the set, Fiona Apple
makes a return via her Jon Brion-produced version of “Every Day,” and the
Karen Elson/Jack White collaboration “Crying, Waiting, Hoping.”


Kate Bush - Director’s Cut - Fish People
Not quite a ‘new’ album from the influential British singer-songwriter,
Director’s Cut nonetheless finds Kate approaching her picks of songs from
two of her album’s with - as the title suggests - a director’s or
producer’s sensibilities, as she added new drum performances to each
track, re-recorded all of the lead vocals, and changed up some of the
other elements on each song, including adding guest performers (Danny
Thompson and Mica Paris among them.) “Top of the City” adds in
traffic-jam-worthy percussion, “Rubberband Girl” adds in some interesting
synth textures, and “This Woman’s Work” gets an even more thoughtful
revamp.


Various Artists - A Nod to Bob 2 -
Red House
This Bob Dylan tribute set brings back several of the artists who
participated in the first Nod to Bob, which was originally released to
commemorate Dylan’s 60th birthday. Heavy (appropriately) on the
folk/Americana artists - or at least, folky/Americana approaches to the
songs - the arrangements and covers are, for the most part, quite
original, from Lucy Kaplansky’s “Every Grain of Sand” to The Pines’ “What
Good Am I?” and Storyhill’s perfectly-harmonized take on “Lay Down Your
Weary Tune” - it’s especially cool to hear that a good portion of the
songs included here are some of Dylan’s less-known numbers.
 
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