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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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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