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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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There‘s No Run in these Nylons: Quartet Brings Sheer Energy to Interlochen

Ross Boissoneau - January 13th, 2005
Where can you hear songs by Three Dog Night, the Police, the Platters, James Taylor, McFadden & Whitehead, Gene Pitney and Prince?
Well, you could spin the radio dial back and forth, from oldies to classic rock to r stations. But a better option would be going to Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium this Friday, Jan. 14, where the Nylons will be wrapping the above and more in their inimitable four-part harmonies. Claude Morrison, the lone remaining original member, says the group is sounding better than ever.
“There was a period in the early ‘90s where one member had died (the angelic-voiced Marc Connors, who passed away from AIDS-related cancer) and one left (Paul Cooper). It wasn’t the apex.
“But at a crucial point Garth (current member Garth Mosbaugh) and Gavin Hope joined. After three or four years Gavin went off to do major musicals, then we got Mark Cassius, who’d just finished major musicals. He was feeling a need for change.
That was seven-plus years ago. But according to Morrison, “We still refer to him (Cassius) as the New Guy.”
Keeping pace with the times, the group has added songs by Daryl Hall & John Oates, George Michael, and Stevie Wonder to its repertoire, along with favorites like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Chain Gang,” “Dream,” “Town Without Pity” and others.
“We keep the chestnuts like ‘Drift Away,’ ‘Up On The Roof,’ ‘Happy Together,’ Morrison said. “It’s a good mix with the new stuff from the past couple albums. It harkens back to day one.”
It was with Connors, Cooper, and longtime bass Arnold Robinson, who joined the group in 1981, two years after its inception, that the quartet hit its stride in the late ‘80s. Albums like “Seamless,” “One Size Fits All,” “Happy Together” and “Rockapella” showcased their delicious harmonies on familiar favorites and zesty originals.
Morrison says even longtime fans who were enamored with the hit-making quartet in its heyday see the current group as every bit the equal of days gone by. “People who saw us back when Marc and Paul were with us say the stage show and musicality is still every bit as good.
“As you take it around to different audiences you keep it fresh. We don’t want to get to the point where we phone it in. The music keeps you alive,” Morrison added.
Opening for The Nylons will be Christine Evans, a 14-year-old freshman at Interlochen Arts Academy, and an up and coming star in her homeland, Canada. The first single off her debut album, “Take Me Home,” won Song of the Year at Vancouver’s Third Annual Island Music Awards and has been included on the “Women & Songs” CD, alongside performances by Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan and
Sheryl Crow.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $8, $18, and $24 Call the Interlochen box office at 276-6230 or go online to interlochen.com.

 
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