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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Ross Boissoneau - August 25th, 2005
Carole King - The Living Room Tour - Rodkingale/Concord/Hear
It’s too late? Apparently not. How else to explain the continuing appeal of the woman who personified the singer/songwriter with “I Feel The Earth Move,” “Tapestry,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and so many other songs in the 60s and 70s? On this live 2-CD set, King revisits a number of her hits, supported by her piano, occasional guitar and bass, and on “Where You Lead I Will Follow” by daughter Louise Goffin. Sometimes her voice gets a bit ragged, as on “Jazzman,” and sometimes you miss a full band, as on “Smackwater Jack.” But then, the premise of the album is as the title suggests, an intimate acoustic performance for friends. And in that it’s inordinately successful.

Jim Brickman - Grace - Windham Hill
Popular pianist Brickman enlists a couple ringers, er, singers, in this set of sacred music. Ginny Owens and Brickman breathe some new life into “Amazing Grace,” while the string section Brickman uses makes “Crown Him With Many Crowns” a joy. “Ave Maria” is typically overwrought, while Brickman gives “How Great Thou Art” a grace it hardly deserves, and “Joyful” is an expressive take on “Ode to Joy.” However, it’s probably the concluding “Hear Me (Tears Into Wine)” that will make fans stand up and take notice, what with Michael Bolton proving yet again that, love him or hate him, when it comes to soaring MOR ballads, he’s the king of the hill. With its high points and clinkers, instrumentals and vocals, “Grace” is pretty much all over the place.

Fripp & Eno - The Equatorial Stars - Opal
Here it is 30 years later and we’ve finally got the follow-up to “No Pussyfooting” and “Evening Star,” the groundbreaking electronic ambient explorations by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and ex-Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno. They’ve obviously had plenty of time to perfect their tape looping and frippertronics, and it’s all on display in these seven soundscapes. The program falls somewhere between those two earlier recordings, with much
of the beauty of “Evening Star” intact, yet with some of the edge of “No Pussyfooting.” The latter is most apparent on “Lupus” where scratchy drones give way to slow-moving washes and gentle glissandos. The sounds range from nearly-recognizable guitars to bells and violins, all produced by the two sonic pioneers.

Various Artists - Visions of An Inner Mounting Apocalypse - Tone Center
This tribute to the Mahavishnu Orchestra brings together a who’s who of fusion guitarists paying homage to John McGlaughlin and one of the seminal bands of the genre. Steve Lukather of Toto opens with a blazing “Birds of Fire,” the title track from Mahavishnu’s second album, and things only get hotter from there with Mike Stern, Steve Morse, Frank Gambale, Greg Howe, and others. They’re supported by an ultra-tight band of Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Kai Eckhardt on bass, Mitchell Forman on keyboards, project coordinator Jeff Richman on guitar, even original Mahavishnu violinist Jerry Goodman on a few tracks. Anyone who was into the fusion scene of the ‘70s and ‘80s will enjoy this bracing set. This is just one of four such projects from Tone Center, the others featuring the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Weather Report.
 
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