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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Josh Turner

Kristi Kates - August 16th, 2010
Josh Turner Goes ‘Haywire‘
By Kristi Kates
It may seem to the casual country music listener that Josh Turner’s music just popped out of the woodwork recently. In fact, the musician has actually been simmering under the country radar for quite some time, having released four studio albums and charted ten times on the Billboard country singles charts.
His song, “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” has been embraced by country and country-pop crossover fans alike; he’s currently on another one of his extensive tours, this one in continued promotion of his latest album, Haywire; and he was recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, making him the second-youngest member of the Opry after fellow country singer Carrie Underwood.

“It’s been ten years since I signed with MCA Records,” Turner explains, “sometimes it feels like it’s been just a year, and sometimes it feels like it’s been ten years. But being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry was a surprise - I feel very honored to be a member of that institution at such an early age - or at any age, for that matter. It’s great to be a part of the Opry family.”
Turner says that his touring band is another close-to-his-heart component of his life as a touring country musician.
“My road band is like a family to me, too,” he says. “Everyone in the band is very gifted and talented and easy to work with. We have a lot of fun together and really respect and take care of each other. We all work toward a common goal of putting on a great show for the fans.”

That show, of course, includes Turner’s famed bass voice, which is a hallmark of his performance style on such songs as “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Firecracker,” and the aforementioned “...Dance.” His voice perfectly suits his country-western roster of songs, and exhibits enough power to make even a Turner country power ballad have more impact than most.
“As far as the tone of my voice, it’s always had a naturally deep tone, but I had to nurture that sound as well,” Turner says, “it’s something I had to work at through the years, and I had to learn how to take care of it. Had I not nurtured and taken care of it, I probably would have never been able to maximize it’s full potential.”
Turner’s talents are further exhibited on his latest album, Haywire, which he wrapped work on early last summer, in a shorter period of time than even he expected.
“We got started on the album sooner than I anticipated, and the recording process went quickly,” he explains, “I think from start to finish, it took about eight months, which is quicker than normal for me. The songs just kept coming whether it was songs I wrote or outside songs; I just tried to record songs that looked on the bright side and had a positive message.”

One of the “song messages” that has had the most positive impact for Turner is “... Dance,” which remains a fan favorite. Turner thinks the reason is simple - it’s because of what the song itself has to say. “The message is to turn your back on the bad things and bad news going on in the world, and just dance,” he says, “love the people that are close to you and concentrate on the simple things in life. I think for my older fans, they really get the message of the song. Some of the younger fans like it because it’s a good reason to dance.”
Fans of all ages will be dancing, for sure, at Turner’s upcoming Interlochen performance.
“I’m looking forward to Interlochen,” Turner enthuses, “it’s been a long time since I’ve been there, and Michigan has a lot of great fans. We have a new show for 2010 with new video, lights and great sound - but most of all, the crowd in Interlochen will get my best.”

Josh Turner will be performing at Interlochen’s Kresge Auditorium on Friday, August 20 at 8 p.m., with special guest Jason Jones. Tickets can be purchased online at https://tickets.interlochen.org; for more about the show and about Turner, visit www.interlochen.org and Turner’s own website at joshturner.com.

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