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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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4Play: Sheryl Crow, Carole King & James Taylor, Rosanne Cash, Lady Antebellum

Kristi Kates - August 6th, 2010
Sheryl Crow - 100 Miles from Memphis - A&M
Crow grew up 100 miles from Memphis, in a small farming town, and
returns on this set to the music she used to listen to then. Echoes of
those influences, from the Stax records to Stevie Wonder and Al Green,
are heard throughout these songs, with their funky/bluesy rhythms and
AM-radio retro arrangements. “Summer Day” is a well-honed pop-rock
number, while “Stop” shows off her vocal range. Crow’s friends show
up, too - old pal Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) stops by to add
distinctive guitar riffs to “Eye to Eye,” Justin Timberlake drops
backing vocals into Crow’s cover of D’Arby’s “Sign Your Name,” and
Citizen Cope duets with Crow on his shoegazy-blues tune “Sideways.”


Carole King and James Taylor - Live at the Troubadour - Hear Music
This album is really the culmination of a trio of Troubadour
performances for King and Taylor. They first performed there together
in 1970, right after Taylor’s debut album; their return in 1971 found
Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” on top of the charts and King’s Tapestry a
big deal. 36 years later (Nov. 2007), the pair returned to the
Troubadour for a show to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary; these
are the shows recorded here, and impressive ones they are. Included
are beautiful performances of some of their most familiar songs,
including “Fire and Rain,” “Up on a Roof,” “So Far Away,” and
“Carolina in My Mind” - captured in state-of-the-art sound, it’s both
a captured moment and a great album.


Rosanne Cash - The List - Manhattan Records
Cash got a list from her father when she was around 18 years old, on
which he - he being Johnny Cash - tried to educate the talented
singer-songwriter on the basics of essential country music. On this
set, daughter Cash takes a dozen songs from that 100-track list, and
interprets them through her own musical talents and life experiences.
The album, which includes duets with Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright,
and Jeff Tweedy, among others, highlights Cash’s strong, emotional
vocals, along with her great ability to collaborate as well as to take
songs back to their basic elements, as she does here on several
numbers. It’s a stylish album crafted with a lot of heart.


Lady Antebellum - Need You Now - Capitol
This sophomore release from the pop-country trio may not be as concise
as their first album, which moved from track to track with
near-flawless song choice, but it’s still a good progression for the
ambitious group. Written with a variety of contributing Nashville
songwriters and produced by Paul Worley, the tunes here range from
first single, the long-distance relationship anthem “Need You Now” to
the fun “good times” song “Perfect Day” to the regretful ballad “If I
Knew Then.” A few of the other songs are somewhat throwaway, like the
too-cute “Our Kinda Love,” but for the most part fans of Lady
Antebellum should enjoy this next step for the band.

 
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