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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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Michael Lee Seiler

Rick Coates - May 3rd, 2010
Michael Lee Seiler seeks spirituality through music
By Rick Coates
Boyne City singer/songwriter Michael Lee Seiler sandwiched a career as a manufacturing supervisor between what his heart and soul called him to do.
“Play the guitar,” said Seiler. “I felt the calling as a kid and at first it was about the girls -- the guitarists always got the girls. But then it became more of a spiritual thing.”
Seiler will perform this weekend at the Concord Academy in Mancelona on Friday for the Relay For Life event; Saturday night at Lil Bo’s in Traverse City; and then at the Mother’s Day Gospel Blues Brunch at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon.
He started playing the guitar in middle school, and like many who grew up in the ’60s and early ’70s, his musical influences were developed through the new FM radio rock format. But for Seiler, he also had his parent’s jukebox that influenced his ear.
“I was drawn in by Crosby, Stills and Nash. I loved that sound,” said Seiler. “But my parents owned a truck stop in northwest Ohio near the turnpike. The musical tastes of the customers coming through the door meant that a lot of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Porter Wagner, and Hank Williams were being played. So, that certainly influenced my musical style as well.”

MANY STYLES
Nearly 40 years later that style has led Seiler to become an accomplished blues, folk, roots and gospel player for solo gigs. He expands his musical repertoire when performing in groups to include, Celtic, mountain, Christian Contemporary and even urban metal.
In 2008 he won the Mid North Michigan Blues Challenge, securing a spot to compete last year at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Seiler wowed the audience with his guitar work and sultry vocals at Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall.
“I really loved his set,” said Billy Gibson (IBC judge and blues musician).
“Michael Lee Seiler has a distinctive voice and musical style. I was like wow, out of town, man.”
Seiler decided to return to being a full time professional musician and entertainer after the manufacturing operation he worked at closed a few years ago.
“I worked second or third shift, so I didn’t get a chance to go to open mics. So I just goofed around at home and when I found myself without work, I decided -- what the heck -- why not do what I love,” said Seiler. “It has been a great experience and I am fortunate to have gigs all over.”

DANCE LESSONS TOO
In addition to his work as a musician Seiler is also an accomplished dancer and gives private and group dance lessons throughout Northern Michigan. Seiler offers lessons in the Waltz, Foxtrot, East Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa, Merrenge and Tango.
“I offer entry level instruction as well as intermediate training. What I like to focus on is the social dancer, the person who is looking to have fun on the dance floor.”
In between performing music, giving dance lessons and guitar lessons, Seiler serves the musical director for his church.
So how did a kid from southwest Ohio end up in Northern Michigan?
“When I was in high school I was in a band, and after high school we performed gigs all over and ended up performing at Boyne Mountain because one of the guys had a place on Lake Charlevoix. Well, I didn’t have money for college and didn’t think there was a career for me as a musician, so I knew I needed to get a real job.”
That real job ended up in Boyne City by a fluke.
“We were up performing over the weekend, it was October - but there was snow on the ground,” said Seiler. “I saw that this place, Circuit Control, was hiring and by Monday I started working for them.”

GETTING SERIOUS
That was in the late ’70s , and from then through the ’80s, the guitar was basically a hobby for Seiler.
“I decided to start getting serious again in the ‘90s and took lessons from Ron Getz,” said Seiler. I was astounded by his abilities and knowledge. Ron really motivated me.”
So what prompted Seiler to walk away from job security and become a fulltime entertainer?
“I was getting tired of breathing in all the chemicals and knew that I had really never tested the waters 100%,” said Seiler. “I went on a mission trip in 2006 and re-thought my life and decided to go for it. I have not looked back since.”
Michael Lee Seiler is passionate about his music; his solo sets blend a mix of originals from his CD, “My Own Man,” to covers and standards. His guitar work is technical while explorative at the same time.
Seiler will perform this weekend at the Concord Academy in Mancelona on Friday for the Relay For Life event at 11:30 am. He will be joined by several other musicians from the region. On Saturday night his trio, Juke, will play at Lil Bo’s in Traverse City. On Sunday he will return to his solo work at the Mothers Day Gospel Blues Brunch at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon.

For details on Seiler and to view his summer concert dates go to michaelleeseiler.com.


 
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