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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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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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