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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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Get Your Kicks with Steel Toe

Danielle Horvath - August 12th, 2004
Driving rhythms, strong guitar licks, full harmonies and just the right amount of angst is giving the Traverse City-based band SteelToe a place on the Northern Michigan rock scene. Made up of three guys with strong musical backgrounds, they are stretching the limits of local rock audiences by doing only original songs.
“It’s definitely harder to get bookings,” says Jason Drahosh, the band’s manager. “Most places want rock, blues and cover tunes. But once people hear how much variety and originality these guys have, they’re hooked.”
The band includes Caul Bluhm, 26, of Traverse City, who started playing cello at age eight, and guitar at 14.
“Everyone in our family played something, my mom played fiddle, my dad played banjo, my brothers guitar and drums so it was definitely in our family when I was growing up,” Bluhm says. For Steel Toe, he contributes guitar, cello and vocals Kurt Cobain-style on some of the angrier tunes like “Grind,” a song written by Bluhm, as a social statement against what he calls “deadbeats.”
Originally from Orange County, California, Jerry Graham, 28, also grew up in a musical family and started playing guitar and singing in his teens. With a voice reminiscent of Jim Morrison and a mean lead guitar, Graham meandered across the country for a few years in various bands until landing in Northern Michigan and finding a musical connection in Steel Toe.
Percussionist Pat Huff, 39, is a Detroit native who has played drums since high school and worked as a sound engineer for Motown. He played with many Detroit area musicians including Martha Reeves, David Ruffin, George Clinton and the Parliament/Funkadelics and Bootsie Collins who played with James Brown. Huff also played with and learned from such legendary musicians as the late John Bonhan of Led Zepplin and with technical drummer Bill Bruford, known for his work with the Yes and King Crimson. Huff has been in Traverse City for four years and likes the room the band gives him to express himself.
The diversity of the band shows through when they start with “Leave it Alone” their tribute to Alice in Chains and then switch into “Inner Lights” a Santana-ish tune with a slightly heavier beat and then onto the funky-bluesy “Fire.” All three musicians are songwriters and feel in tune with each other like brothers. In fact, they soon will be as Jerry’s sister is soon marrying Pat. “We’re already family,” Jerry said, “and we just love playing music.
They’ve been together just over a year but have played a variety of places including the Union St. Station, the Outer Limits, the Freshwater Lodge and several private parties.
Locally, you can catch Steel Toe Aug. 13-14 at Sleepy Bear Lounge in Honor and at other fine establishments later this fall.


 
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