Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Nancy‘s Fury

Glen Young - June 21st, 2007
Rock and roll has long been implicated as a cause of the generation gap. Fathers, the argument goes, champion the Rolling Stones and the like, while sons bang their heads to hip-hop, Saliva or The Killers.
Scott and Dave Bachelor of Petoskey have instead used the thumping sounds of rock rhythms to forge a stronger father-son relationship. Scott plays drums and Dave sings lead vocals for the Petoskey-area band Nancy’s Fury, more popularly known as Footloose.
Appearing regularly at Petoskey’s Papa Lou’s, Northern Lights Recreation Center, and the Stampede in Gaylord, Nancy’s Fury has won a regular following, thanks in part to Scott’s cohesive drumming and Dave’s rangy singing.
The two are joined on stage by lead guitarist Dave Misale, guitarist Eric Wilson, and bassist Ken Reedy.
Footloose formed in the mid-‘90s, playing largely country-flavored sets. Scott eventually sat in as a back-up drummer, and ultimately took over the job full time. With a few other personnel changes, his son Dave also came to be a regular member of the band.
“It definitely wasn’t planned,” Scott says. “He asked if he could come up and sing a song sometime,” Scott, 43, says of his now 18-year-old son. Crowds responded appreciatively. “So, we started making his guest appearances a regular thing,” Dave’s proud dad continues.
Dave, who says he wants to eventually “become a rock and roll superstar,” recalls his early days vividly. “When I started I was 15,” Dave says. His appearances had to come early in the band’s sets, because “I couldn’t stay in bars that late back then.”

Before performing with Footloose he sang with some bands made up of other Petoskey High School students, from where he recently graduated, but only because he fibbed to some friends in ninth grade and told them he could sing when they needed a front man. “I didn’t know how to sing at all,” he admits with a laugh.
Dave says he and his father, who has been involved in rock and roll since he was a teen himself, “have a friendship as well as a father-son relationship.” He does admit as well however, that “any son knows that when you work with your dad, this ‘I’d do it this way’ response sometimes comes out.”
Scott says that the two sometimes disagree because Dave “expects things to happen faster than we realistically know they will. He’s kind of like a wild horse; you have to tame him sometimes.”
Lead guitarist Misale, who joined the band almost a year ago, after answering an ad in the newspaper, says the band has found a comfortable groove. “We’re all equals here.”
The band, which is slowly changing its name to Nancy’s Fury in order to distance itself from the country roots of Footloose, enjoys an eclectic audience at its regular venues. On a recent night at Papa Lou’s, the crowd included both the Harley set as well as local real estate professionals. Their combination of classic and contemporary rock weaves itself well into the memories of all stripes of music fans. Their newest CD, simply titled “Nancy’s Fury,” features covers of “No Sugar Tonight” by the Guess Who, as well as “Basket Case” by Green Day.

Johnnie Walker, bartender and booking agent at Papa Lou’s, says the band “has a good energy to them” and they “have a good clean sound.” He says that crowds react enthusiastically and that at times “we can’t get people off the dance floor.” He also likes working with the band, which he books about once a month, because “they’re all really professional.”
Scott says Nancy’s Fury is hoping to record a CD of original material sometime before next ski season. When they are onstage, up to four nights a week, adding Boyne Mountain’s Snowflake Lounge to their regular venues. He says they have more than a half dozen tracks to date, and need maybe that many more to fill out the disc. All five members collaborate on songwriting.
For more information about Nancy’s Fury visit their website at www.freewebs.com/footlooseband
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