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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The loopy sounds of Keller Williams

Rick Coates - October 12th, 2009
The Loopy Sounds of Keller Williams
By Rick Coates 10/12/09

In the world of “cease and desist” that we live in it is surprising that Keller Williams the nationwide realtor hasn’t sent Keller Williams the nationwide musician a letter asking him to cease and desist from using his/their name. Certainly some people have shown up to a Keller Williams concert thinking they might be going to a real estate seminar and surely some fans of Keller Williams the musician have walked into one of the real estate offices of the same name thinking they may catch the musician at his desk.
Oh you would be surprised about these cease and desist letters. Bill Wyman one of the top music journalists of today received such a letter a few years back from Bill Wyman the bass player for the Rolling Stones. Wyman the journalist was asked to change his name by Wyman the bass player. Funny thing Bill Wyman the journalist was born with that name and Bill Wyman the bass player was actually born Bill Perks. Well the judge laughed that one out of court.
But for diehard fans of the “One Man Jam Band” there is no confusion between the two Keller Williams, though both have a real estate connection. One sells it the other travels it. Keller Williams, “music’s mad-scientist” has been crisscrossing the country for the past 20 years and will make a stop in Northern Michigan this Thursday with a performance at the City Opera House. He is touring in support of his current CD, *Odd,* released in August.

“I did something different, at least different from my perspective with this CD,” said Williams. “I released one track from the CD each week on my website through something I called ‘Once a Week Freek.’ I started this 13 weeks before the hard copy of the CD was released. Some weeks I released the song for free or I put out a free video.”
What was the concept behind that?
“Well the industry has changed so much that I think you have to be innovative in your marketing approach to your music. I am always looking for unique and fresh ways to present my music,” said Williams. “People seemed to like it as well.”
Williams started playing music at an early age.
“I guess like most I started on pots and pans with a wooden spoon and eventually took up the piano,” said Williams. “It was around the age of 12 that I started playing the guitar.”
Williams has made a name for himself as a “master at live looping.” Looping is the musical technique of repeating a small sample continually. Looping in the studio, while challenging, is not as difficult as doing live.
“I struggled with it at first, as I started experimenting with it around 1997,” said Williams. “But I was using the wrong equipment at first. Then I was opening for Victor Wooten (bass player for Bella Fleck and The Flecktones) and he is a master looper and I learned up front and close how to do it with the right equipment.”

Another signature of a Williams live show is no two sets are identical.
“I work at that. I even check the set list I used the last time I played the venue or the city so it is not the same,” said Williams. “A lot of times the songs I perform or record choose me. I get a song in my head and I want to play it or perform it.”
While Williams made a name for himself as a solo artist, for the past two years he has been touring with a band. Originally named the WMDs the band is now known as Keller Williams with Mosely, Droll and Sipe. The four piece band is made up of Williams on rhythm guitar, Keith Mosely (String Cheese Incident) on bass, Jeff Sipe on drums and Gibb Droll on lead guitar. So is Williams happy to return to his one man act?
“I like the dynamic of both. There is a certain energy you get when performing with a band. You have others on stage challenging you,” said Williams. “It was a lot of fun and now what I am trying to do is capture that same sort of energy in my solo show.”

Anyone who has ever been to a Keller Williams solo show knows that the barefoot performer never lacks any energy. To learn more about Williams and to hear samples of his current release check out kellerwilliams.net. Tickets to his upcoming show at the City Opera House, October 15 may be purchased online at porterhouseproductions.com or by calling 800-836-0717.

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