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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Brian Setzer

Ross Boissoneau - December 3rd, 2007
When Brian Setzer brings his Christmas show – and his swinging 17-piece orchestra – to the Odawa Casino in Petoskey for Saturday night’s show, the place will be both swingin’ and rockin’ - that’s a given. But what fans might not realize is just how much holiday music they’ll hear, and just how it will be... well, Setzerized.

SWINGIN’ SETZER
Since bursting onto the scene with his big band in 1994, Setzer has headed the swing revival, but while many of the bands that rode that wave have all but disappeared (think Squirrel Nut Zippers or Royal Crown Revue), Setzer has kept on keeping on.
While some of his music already has a certain cheesiness – it’s been compared to Doc Severinsen’s “Tonight Show” band with tattoos – that cheese factor increases dramatically as Setzer & crew take on the holiday sounds of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” Rogers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things,” and everyone’s favorite, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” So what? The soulful saxes, punchy trumpets, and rollicking trombones make short work of any criticism.
That’s the thing with Setzer’s orchestra. You’re not likely to get too many surprises (though the sensitive arrangement of “My Favorite Things” may qualify), but you’ll get the most soulful, swinging, and well-played big band music out there. And while his holiday show concentrates on tunes from his two Christmas-themed CDs, there’s plenty more to enjoy. Tracks like “This Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof,” “The Dirty Boogie,” and his signature tune, “Jump Jive & Wail” get their place in the set as well.

AND... CLASSICAL SETZER?
On his most recent release, Wolfgang’s Big Night Out, Setzer makes short work of classical favorites like Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusic,” Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” and even Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Some of those semi-familiar tunes will surely be in the holiday set as well.
It’s hard to beat the sight of a big band decked out in holiday regalia, complete with red and white (bowling?) shirts under faux leopard-skin blazers, with the backup singers in slinky little red dresses with snow-white trim. And then there’s the merry bandleader, looking his lounge-lizard best.
Of course, it wouldn’t mean a thing if it didn’t have that swing, and Setzer and company assuredly do. There’s a reason beyond novelty that this group sells out dates across the globe; they bring the goods every night. Great arrangements, inspired performances from the entire group, and a bandleader who puts it all on the line promises concert-goers a great time.

Tickets for the 6th Annual Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Extravaganza, set to take place on December 8 at 8:00 p.m., are $60 and $45. For ticket information, call the casino at 1-877-442-6464 or log onto www.odawacasino.com. Also appearing will be special guests
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