Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Mike Moran

Kristi Kates - June 28th, 2010
Ramblin‘ man Mike Moran
By Kristi Kates
Bouncing between two coasts these days is Mike Moran, the popular singer-songwriter whose alternating career ranges from Northern Michigan to San Diego.
Moran is scheduled to open the Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City this August, but for the time being, you can catch him at his new gigs in southern California.
Spending every summer in Northern Michigan was a rite of passage for Moran, who was born in Pontiac and attended high school in Clarkston. His parents fixed up a house in Bellaire - which turned into the family home while Moran was finishing high school - and it was shortly after graduation that Moran got into music while, as he puts it, “bouncing from college to college,” playing acoustic guitar and singing. Eight years ago, he decided to settle in Traverse City.
“I just felt at home there,” he says simply.

But wanderlust doesn’t often pass completely, although eight years is a decent amount of time in one place for an ambitious talent like Moran. After garnering plenty of local attention, winning “Best Musician/Performer” accolades, and notching a long list of regional live performances (over 200 a year at one point), Moran left his long-time Northern Michigan residence and relocated to California.
“I moved to San Diego on October 1 with my girlfriend and my dog,” Moran says, “I was motivated to take the next step. I wanted something more for my music, and I figured I was driving an hour and a half to Petoskey, two hours to Mt. Pleasant, and four to Detroit, so I might as well keep doing that, but in larger markets.”
That larger market has, so far, served Moran quite well, making his story definitely one of local boy hitting the big city and doing far more than just surviving.
While he says the most difficult part of the move is missing his family and friends (“but who doesn’t when you make a move like this,” he relates), he’s now keeping busy working on a new full-length album project, which he’s recording at San Diego’s Studio West, the recording facility that’s played host to everyone from Blink 182, Boyz II Men, Jars of Clay and Jewel, to Patti LaBelle and Patti Smith.
“I have 30 or so songs that I am splitting into two CDs,” Moran explains, “I’ll be doing some recording at Rolling Thunder Studios in Traverse City as well. I am recording demos before I go in, so I have a nice idea about the feel of the album; there are songs I’m excited about, but I still have a lot of lyric work to do.”

Some of Moran’s existing music, now that he’s in a larger market, has already drawn the attention of the big-time cable channels, one of which has tapped several of his songs to utilize as background and theme music for their shows.
“I got connected to The Golf Channel because of a friend I did a wedding for,” Moran explains, “she passed my Spaces CD on to someone at the channel, and they wanted to use my song “75 and Sunny Skies.” Then they wanted to use the song “Spaces,” and now they are asking for more songs for another show.”
Moran says that the cable channel opportunities are helping to give him a different avenue for promoting his music.
“There are so many different routes to making music a career,” he says, “and I always wanted to write songs that worked well with TV and movies.”

Moran, whose own music has been compared to the likes of Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and John Mayer, has also opened for Eddie Money, Bob Dylan, Martin Sexton, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Willie Nelson, and he is definitely keeping live shows in the mix; he says that his time in Northern Michigan is what helped prepare him for a professional musical career.
“Northern Michigan turned me into a performer,” Moran says, “it gave me lots of different crowds, and helped me understand how to read a room. I don’t know if people have to leave Northern Michigan to succeed in music, but I do believe you have to tour once in awhile even if it’s on your own, just so you don’t get stuck in the same routine.”
He also says that there’s not much he doesn’t like about the Northern Michigan music scene, but if there are any improvements he might suggest, it’s that he hopes that people might become more open-minded as far as listening to musicians performing original material.
“Give the local guy or gal credit for trying to create something that is subject to be judged by all,” he says, “the best thing about my move (to San Diego) for my career is that I am getting critiques and opinions from people I really need to get an opinion from. They are pushing me to be a better songwriter.”
And what does Moran like best about the time he spent developing as a musician “Up North”?
“What I love about the Northern Michigan music scene is that it’s underrated,” he says, “there are a lot of great players and writers there, and as Traverse City grows, that’s going to be a great story over the next couple of years.”

To find out more about Mike Moran and his music, visit him online at www.mikemoranmusic.com.

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