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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Tim Callaghan

Robert Downes - August 31st, 2009
Under his Thumb

Tim Callaghan reinvents
the way music & video
are delivered 8/31/09

By Robert Downes

As the frontman for the bands Fairchild and ’74 Marauder, Tim Callaghan is one of the most exciting rock musicians in Northern Michigan, with years of packing full houses at local nightclubs to prove it.
But Callaghan is also something of an inventor. His new thumb drive (TD) goes beyond the CD and DVD to deliver music and video in a format that has already caught the attention of major players on the music scene as well as the big box merchandiser, Best Buy.
Callaghan has just signed an exclusive distribution deal with Best Buy, with his new thumb drive and album to be on the shelves this month. Here’s what’s up with that:

NE: Tell us about your new device and what it does.
Callaghan: It’s a thumb drive, also known as a jump drive or memory stick. What’s unique about ours is that we custom-built the drive in the shape of a guitar, and then we programmed the drive with software so that it would be compatible with anything that has a USB port.
Today this includes Mac or PC computers, as well as the newer in-dash car audio and next generation home theater. We then put my album Plastique on the drive twice, CD quality audio and mp3’s. We also installed a thank-you video running in hi def, then added lyrics, photos and liner notes. All of this information is running on a proprietary player we are calling ‘thum operating system’ or thum os.

NE: How is your thumb drive better than a website or a CD format?
Callaghan: It smokes a CD. Audio CDs don’t have hi-def video capabilities, they get scratched eventually, and can skip under vibration. With this format I have so much information installed, to compete you would have to print an 18 panel accordion jcard for all the photos and text associated with CD packaging, making thumb drives a greener product.
We can run hi-def audio that’s beyond CD quality, rivaling vinyl. We also left room on the drive for our fans’ stuff, too -- photos, music, whatever they want, so it’s reusable. There are also no ‘moving parts’ required to run the drive, so it takes less energy to run it than to spin a disk -- more ‘green’ points there.
As for online music and downloads, they’re great but it all seems like empty calories to me. You get your song, but you still didn’t get anything you can touch or hold in your hand. With downloading, it’s just ones and zeroes coming into your computer. I have been running into a lot of people with the same Internet burnout. It’s one of the reasons vinyl sales are hot. You can touch an album. Mp3’s don’t sound very good, either. They are one tenth the size of a CD audio file. Less data, less music.

NE: How did you come up with the idea?
Callaghan: It was mostly from boredom with the CD format. One day I ran into my uncle who runs a promotions company downstate in Birmingham. He was telling me about flash drives being made in funny shapes. Realizing the potential for releasing an album on this flash format was a big “duh” moment. It was right there in front of me.

NE: How is it being marketed?
Callaghan: Well I started a company called THUMUSIC. Not only for my band, but for other bands that want in on this. I am now a label, and we are already in talks with major and minor bands hoping to produce their music this way. We also inked an exclusive distribution deal with Best Buy for Fairchild, starting in the Michigan and Illinois markets. Hopefully it will take off and go national. It will also be available at bestbuy.com.

NE: Have you shared it with any other musicians yet?
Callaghan: Yeah, and the response has been huge. I did some touring with my boy Brent Grunow and had the opportunity to show this to some heavy cats. Billy Squire, Stone Temple Pilots and Whitesnake have seen it. Also, Mike Dunbar, my drummer extraordinaire, got one of the drives into Joe Satriani’s hands during a Chickenfoot meet-and-greet. He loved it.

NE: What’s your background in music?
Callaghan: I’ve been playing music since I was six. I first gravitated to classical guitar, but after learning (though loving) so many Andres Segovia songs, I felt the need for something more. Then I heard AC/DC’s ‘High Voltage’ and it was all over.
I do come from a very musical family. My dad was and still is a huge music influence on me. I remember him playing me Led Zeppelin 1 even before I could see over my mom’s ironing board. For the bulk of my teens and into my 20s, I was just a guitar player, wanting to be only that—great at guitar. But singing and songwriting began to nag at me too, and I discovered and rediscovered great songwriters. The Beatles, Bowie, Tom Waits, U2. You could say I ‘dated’ the guitar but fell in love with and married songs. I have written and produced/co-produced four CD’s and now one TD (Thumb drive).

NE: Do you have any current musical projects in the works?
Callaghan: I already have the roughs for the next Fairchild album, and I’m still working with Brent on his project. I also have a studio at my house where I produce other acts. Lately I’ve taken to playing the fiddle -- easily the toughest instrument I’ve tried to learn, and I know how to play many. A day doesn’t pass where I’m not doing something musical.

NE: How is the thumb drive project going so far?
Callaghan: Awesome! In the past we’ve had vinyl, 8-track, cassette, Cd, Cd rom, DVD, hddvd, blueray, and digital downloads. I believe this format, along with our programming, is the next generation of physically-produced media. To the best of my knowledge no other band big or small has done this, at least at the level of distributing through a big box company like Best Buy.
The Fairchild album/ TD Plastique will be at the Traverse City Best Buy store by September 12, 10 a.m. and we’re looking forward to launching the website—thumedia.com

 
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