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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Dreams Scar Reality

Erin Crowell - December 7th, 2009
Dreams Scar Reality
‘Heavy with a dreamy sound’
By Erin Crowell
Traverse City band Dreams Scar Reality has reached a larger audience in southern Michigan than back home in Northern Michigan. But that will change – or at least they hope so – when they release their first CD at the Fireball Lounge in Kalkaska, this Saturday.
“If you’re not doing cover songs up here, you’re not supported as much,” says Ben Donathan, guitarist and co-visionary of DSR. “There’s a lot of undiscovered musical talent in the area.”
DSR is a progressive metal band, with influences from popular bands like Tool and Machine Head, but with original music material – songs about childhood, growing up, politics and life in general.
Their sound can be described as heavy and haunting, like the guitar riffs of The Deftones mixed with the vocals of Tool.
“We’re heavy with a dreamy sound,” Donathan says.
In total, the band includes Todd Heiges, vocals; Nate Humphfleet, drums; Al Saylor, guitar; Mike Culverson, bass; and Ben Donathan, guitar.

SLEEPER CELL
Donathan and lead singer Heiges founded the band after performing together for several years in the Fife Lake group, Sleeper Cell.
“I had just moved back from Ann Arbor in May 2008 and I always loved playing with Todd,” says Donathan, a musician of 12 years. “We wanted to start a band that’s progressive metal but also has a dreamy sound, kind of like Pink Floyd.”
Other band members have raked up music experience, including Humphleet, who was the first drummer for the nationally touring band Chiodos before he joined DSR.
Bassist Culverson brings his musical talents from mycomplex, the Mt. Clemens, Michigan band that signed with Cargo Music (Blink-182).
Compiling the CD took five months, using songs the band has performed at their venues, which numbers close to 65 shows in just the past year.
“We’ve got enough material that we’re already working on a second CD,” says Donathan. “We know we just have to get our music out there.”
The next step is getting signed, says the group. From there, it’s just progressing into the next up-and-coming metal band.
“Ideally, performing at the State Theater along with Tool,” Donathan says candidly.

STRUGGLES
It seems DSR has got the musical talent and the experience. So why the limited bookings? The small following?
It’s a combination of demographic and popular music genre, says Humphleet.
“I’ve done a lot of traveling and have seen a lot of towns. I love this town as far as it being safe and secure, but no one here really likes original bands. Cover bands are more popular because people want to hear stuff that’s on the radio,” says Humphleet. “Then there’s places like Grand Rapids that welcomed us, basically gave us a giant hug.”
The band has performed at several southern locations, including a recent performance at the Orbit Room; and at the Carnival of Chaos in Stanton in front of over 7,000 people.
So far, the band has performed at the Leelanau Sands Casino’s Elements Lounge and The Loading Dock in Traverse City.
DSR hopes to open the eyes of Northern Michigan to a genre of original music not typically seen or heard in its local venues.
But regardless of their following and where it’s at, DSR is about the fans, says Heiges.
“We’re a band that just loves music,” says Donathan, “whether it’s performing for five or five thousand. We know how to get a crowd going. Once people see us, they don’t forget us.”

Check out Dreams Scar Reality’s debut CD at the Fireball Lounge in Kalkaska, Saturday, Dec. 12. They will perform, along with bands Release the Crimson, Absolutely Nothing and Messyface. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the music following at 7pm.

 
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