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Letters 8-18-2014

The Climate Clarified

Climate change isn’t an easy subject. A class I’m taking compared it to medicine in a way that was helpful for me: Climate scientists are like planetary physicians. Our understanding of medicine is incomplete, but what we know is useful...

Beware Non-Locally Grown

The article “Farm Fresh?” couldn’t be any more true than exactly stated. As an avid shopper at the local farm markets I want to know “exactly” what I am buying, from GMO free to organic or not organic, sprayed or not sprayed and with what...

Media Bias Must End

I wish to thank Joel Weberman for his letter “Seeking Balanced Israel Coverage.” The pro-Palestinian bias includes TV news coverage...

Proud of My President

The world is a mess. According to many conservative voices, it would not be in such a mess if Obama was not the president. I am finally understanding that the problem with our president is that he is too thoughtful, too rational, too realistic, too inclined to see things differently and change his mind, too compassionate to be the leader of a free world...

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4Play: Various Artists, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLachlin, Cowboy Junkies

Kristi Kates - July 12th, 2010
Various Artists - Lilith 2010 - Arista
Lilith Fair, the female-centric concert tour that hasn’t been active
in a decade, is now back and running this year, with over three dozen
U.S. dates. Much like the Lilith of yore, Canadian musician Sarah
McLachlan serves as headliner; the other acts rotate depending on the
city. Among them, the musicians included in this compilation album;
Dixie Chicks side project Court Yard Hounds (“The Coast”), jazz
standout Norah Jones, and singer-songwriters Brandi Carlile and
Corinne Bailey Rae (“Dreams” and “The Blackest Lily,” respectively.)





Suzanne Vega - Close-Up Vol. 1, Love Songs - Razor and Tie
It’s an astonishing 25 years into her career, and Suzanne Vega barely
shows it. The singer-songwriter, who’s notched over seven mil in album
sales, is taking on a fresh new approach to her own music in four
thematic albums that will be released in 2010/2011. This first takes
some of her most relationship-centric songs and deconstructs them to
their near-acoustic properties, proving that her songwriting on tracks
like “Caramel,” “(I’ll Never Be) Your Maggie May,” “Marlene on the
Wall,” and “Gypsy” still stands strong.




Sarah McLachlan - Laws of Illusion - Arista
One of Canada’s most popular musical exports, singer-songwriter
McLachlan’s voice and piano work are as striking as ever on her latest
full-length, which arrives seven years after her last. McLachlan’s
gone through a lot of personal turmoil since then, unfortunately; some
of which she beautifully channels through her songs, from the
bittersweetness of “Loving You Is Easy” to the sadness of “Heartbreak”
and the fragile melody of “Forgiveness.” “One Dream,” the pretty
inspirational number she crafted for the 2009 Olympics, is also
included here.



Cowboy Junkies - Renmin Park - Razor and Tie
Another Canadian export anchored by siblings Margo, Michael, and Peter
Timmins, this band got some of their first early breaks opening for U2
on tour. Far more introspective than the bombastic Irish rockers, the
Junkies create far more mellow music, too, although the emotions
behind the songs are comparative to U2’s level of intensity. On Renmin
Park, a fictional story is told of a doomed romance, enhanced by
Michael Timmins’ recent trip to China, which inflects the band’s
compositions with Asian field recordings and Eastern complexities.

 
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