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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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4Play: Various Artists, Brian Keane, Various Artists, Simon and Garfunkel

Kristi Kates - September 5th, 2011
Various Artists - America: A Tribute to Heroes - Interscope
Big-scale concerts - especially those with a long list of equally big names - can take up to a year to organize. But when duty calls, musicians and organizers can definitely step up to the plate and deliver, as they did with this heartfelt and surprisingly subdued presentation, which took place on September 21, 2001. Broadcast commercial-free by all four major US TV networks, the event took place on a stage lit by hundreds of candles, and featured moving performances by Neil Young (John Lennon’s “Imagine”), Wyclef Jean (“Redemption Song”), Bruce Springsteen (“My City of Ruins”), and U2’s emotional medley of “Peace on Earth”/”Walk On.”


Brian Keane - New York (Original Soundtrack Recording) - RCA
The striking accompaniment to the PBS documentary of the same name, this album features the skillfully-written NYC-focused compositions of Brian Keane, alongside revamps of some of the best-known classic compositions about the Big Apple. “Dark History Theme” and “Dark History Waltz” both dredge up plenty of emotion about the attacks on NYC both new and historical; “Transformation” musically evokes the City’s growth and changes over time; and “City of Dreams” especially captures the depth of living in the City itself. Classics “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” and “Anything Goes” round out this audio tour of Manhattan and its wealth of stories.

Various Artists - The Concert for New York City - Sony
This two-disc set showcases the best of this concert, which took place at NYC’s own Madison Square Garden on October 20, 2001, and featured highlights such as James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” Five for Fighting’s “Superman,” Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” and David Bowie covering Simon and Garfunkel’s emotional “America.” Organized by Beatle Paul McCartney (and featuring many of his Brit-rock pals including Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, The Who, Bowie, and Elton John), the event focused on honoring the NYFD and NYPD first responders, recovery workers, and those lost in the attacks. A moving and hopeful tribute.

Simon and Garfunkel - Tales from New York: The Very Best Of - Sony/Columbia
Few artists current or classic capture the feelings and moods of New York City better than Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. While this album wasn’t specifically crafted with September 11 in mind (it’s an older release), it’s still a perfect tribute to The City That Never Sleeps, from the subterranean subway and tenement warnings of “The Sound of Silence,” to the seasonal perfection that is “A Hazy Shade of Winter,” and the solitary city dweller of “I Am a Rock.” Even more City-specific are standouts “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” “At the Zoo,” “The Only Living Boy in New York,” and of course the duo’s evocative (and oft-covered) “America.”

 
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