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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Rosanne Cash

Kristi Kates - August 23rd, 2010
Rosanne Cash’s LIST
By Kristi Kates
Rosanne Cash worked with a number of guest performers on her new
album, The List. A covers set, her first, that was narrowed down to a
select dozen songs from a list of an “Essential 100” that her father,
the late great Johnny Cash, gave to her when she was 18 years old, in
order to craft the foundation of her country-music education.
Each of these guest performers, so different in their styles and
approaches to music, were nonetheless fairly easy for Cash to define.
When asked what each one brought to the recording process in one word
(she sang duets with each of them), her answers were definitive - and
even, perhaps, somewhat unexpected.
“Bruce (Springsteen) brought romance; Jeff (Tweedy, of Wilco),
flawlessness; Rufus (Wainwright), creativity; and Elvis (Costello),
exuberance,” she smiles.

SONGS THAT SPEAK
Cash, who says she worked to create a “microcosm” of the original list
by including songs from Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Carter
Family, didn’t necessarily have a difficult time choosing which 12
songs to record; she simply chose the ones that spoke to her, and her
talents, the most.
“We chose songs that suited my voice, songs that I’ve been singing to
myself for all these years,” Cash explains.
In addition to getting the opportunity to translate these songs so
thoughtfully passed along to her by her father, working with her
husband, musician/producer/engineer John Leventhal, was another very
important element in the album’s process.
“Working with my husband, choosing the songs and talking about the
arrangements, was one of my favorite things about recording the
album,” she says, “the other was enjoying the emotional connection
I’ve had to these songs. It was a moving experience to sing them.”
For each of the 12 songs, which include Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the
North Country,” Guy Mitchell/Ray Price’s “Heartaches by the Number”
(which features Costello), and Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You,” Cash
reinterprets them through a trio of influences - her father, of
course, plus her life in New York City (as opposed to Nashville), and
her own perspective on country music, after having recorded and
released eleven albums of her own.
For her live shows, she’s reinterpreting the songs through a pair of
live configurations.

LIVE AND COMPOSED
“I’m working as a duo with my husband John for some shows, and with a
full band - all Brooklynites - for some of the others,” she explains,
“it’s a great and musically diverse experience. Some songs are more
complicated than others to translate live, but the boys have proven
worthy of the task!”
In addition to her upcoming show in Manistee, Cash says she’s looking
forward to her performance in Berlin, Germany (“the audience there
really loves American roots music,” she says), and will be alternating
her musical performances with promotional events for her new book, a
memoir called Composed that was published on August 10 of this year.
Composed, which follows Cash’s life from her California childhood to
Europe, Nashville, and now her current home of New York, showcases her
detailed and eloquent writing style and storytelling abilities, as she
shares tales of singing with her father - and more than a few humorous
moments, such as her ending up lip-syncing some of her own songs at a
German circus - alongside some of the more difficult times in her
life.
But even though she’s incredibly busy with the many facets of her
career, Cash - never one to rest on her laurels, or to borrow anyone
else’s - is already thinking ahead to what may be a second covers
album.
“I’m looking forward to singing “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,”” she says.

Rosanne Cash will be performing at the Little River Casino Resort in
Manistee, MI on Saturday, August 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50/$35/$20
and are available at
www.startickets.com, or may be purchased at the LRCR Gift Shop.

 
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