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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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Brett Dennen

Robert Downes - February 16th, 2009
These are high times for singer-songwriter Brett Dennen: He just wrapped up a performance on the Conan O’Brien Show; he’s been signed to perform at the 2009 Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee; and he’s backing up The Fray on a tour of Britain this April.
With a buzz building in Dennen’s direction, it’s a good time to catch the acoustic rocker on his way up. Locally, music fans will have their chance when Brett Dennen and his band perform with The Little Ones this Thursday, Feb 19 at 8 p.m. at the City Opera House in Traverse City.
The 29-year-old considers himself a late-bloomer; his first big break was opening for John Mayer, who caught his gig in California in 2006 and asked him to join his tour.
Raised in northern California, Dennen was home-schooled by his parents. He worked as a camp counselor in Yosemite National Park in his early 20s. Part of the job involved introducing juvenile offenders to the great outdoors as part of an Outward Bound-style program. “I pushed them to the limit,” he said in a Rolling Stone interview, adding that he taught his crew how to purify water, establish shelters in the wild, and other woodcraft.
Musically, you can place Dennen in the roots-rock bag with the likes of Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson. His vocals have been compared to the two (minus the frog in Matthews voice) and he tends toward sunny songs about nature, peace and love. His bio touts his “earthy tenor” as being “somewhere between Neil Young and Amy Winehouse,” and perhaps there’s a dash of Jeff Buckley in there too.
Dennen is big on social causes. His website (BrettDennen.net) offers info on various non-profit organizations, a “Hope for the Homeless”
CD, and a rather ill-defined “Mosaic Project,” which crafts “children’s songs for peace and a better world.”
“Hope for the Homeless” is a 12-song CD that draws inspiration from the music of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and worldbeat artists.
A Porterhouse Productions show, this Thursday’s perfor-mance at the City Opera House runs $15 for general admission seating. Other upcoming shows at the Opera House include comedians Drew Hastings on Friday, March 6, and Louis CD on Thursday, April 16, with Ani DiFranco performing Monday, April 27.
 
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