Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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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.

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.

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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