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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Will Ready

Kristi Kates - September 20th, 2010
Will Ready: Gets Ready for Fame
By Kristi Kates
A “small twist of fate,” singer Will Ready’s press kit explains, is
what pulled the former 200 pound, 6-foot-4-inch basketball player from
the sports world and into the music world.
Now a dedicated musician, Ready is already on his fifth album - which
he’ll be celebrating at a release party at Traverse City’s Loading
Dock this Saturday -
and he has barely looked back at a basketball since.
“I was playing for Dyersburg State near Memphis, Tennessee, when I
suffered a knee injury during a game,” Ready explains. “While
recovering, I had a lot of time to think, and reality set in. As a kid
growing up playing basketball, my dreams were to make it to the NBA.
But while I was in college, I got into a dance group - break dancing,
pop locking, all the old dances - and I was pretty good. I loved the
attention, the excitement that was generated from performing.”
While convalescing, Ready decided that instead of pushing his knee any
further, he wanted to take his musical talents to another level.
“I was always told I had a nice speaking voice, so I said ‘hey, why
not try singing?’” he says, “I never took a lesson, I was just very
determined. I started listening to my favorite singers, the hit songs
playing on the radio, the format they used to write them, and I began
writing songs.”
But the first song Ready ever wrote - dubbed “Elysa” after his
girlfriend at the time - would have a rough time getting attention. No
one would give Ready a shot at performing live, because, he says, he
was a complete music biz newbie.
“I had a lot to learn, and some lessons were more costly than others,” he says.

ICONS AND TEAMWORK
Before too long, though, Ready’s persistence paid off. His dues, so to
speak, began to get paid, and he soon started recording his own tunes
and got opportunities to open for such acclaimed performers as The
Temptations and Chaka Khan.
“Working with the legends is a blessing and an honor,” Ready says.
“The knowledge, the stories, their professionalism, the way they treat
people, and the love they truly have for their craft. When I listened
to some of the things that they had to go through, I knew I would
never complain or make excuses again.”
Two musicians in particular inspire Ready most as songwriters - one a
Motown legend, the other a Midwestern New Jack Swing/R&B/pop producer.
“There are two individuals that inspire me the most,” Ready says,
“Smokey Robinson, for all the hits he had at Motown, and Babyface. I
love their writing subjects, structure, and the class of performers
that they are.”
Ready, who relies on his faith to help him through the tough times,
also says that in climbing his own musical ladder, he’s “learned the
importance of teamwork.”
“No one becomes a success on any level by oneself,” he says.
“Understanding that it is a business is something to take seriously
above all else. I learned that people will knock you when they think
you’re down, and love you if you have any kind of success.”

ROMANCE AND LOCALS
Ready’s current success includes that aforementioned fifth CD, which
he’s titled Seduction and which carries a theme of romance (“and that
chivalry is alive and well,” Ready says.)
The music video for the album’s title track was actually shot in
Traverse City, and included a plethora of local talent and support.
“Locations for the video included a schooner on West Bay, the
bayfront, the Boardman River downtown, and the airport,” Ready
explains.
Produced and directed by J. Mark Eiden and Megan Curtis of 45th
Parallel Productions of Traverse City, Traverse City/Los Angeles
cinematographer Duke Knight was also involved, along with local
business assistance.
“We were supported by local businesses,” Ready continues, “including
Air Services, Inc., T.C. Carriage, and the Maritime Heritage Alliance.
And we used all locals in the video starting with the leading lady,
Meg Howard, plus extras including Brooke Bambusch and Justine Hock. We
had great support from a lot of people, so thanks to everyone who was
supportive and showed us love.”
Ready is actually a big supporter of Michigan performers, and utilizes
his own Ready Music Group to offer music and video production,
marketing, and distribution in addition to publicizing his own musical
works.
“We feel that there’s a lot of talent in the state of Michigan yet to
be discovered,” he says, “we know the climb won’t be easy and it will
not happen overnight, but we’re determined to showcase the talent that
Michigan has to offer.”
Including his own.

Will Ready’s new CD, Seduction, will be released in 2011, but can be
advance-purchased via download for $9.99 at
www.willready.com. Ready’s CD release event will take place on
Saturday, September 25 at 10 p.m. at The Loading Dock in Traverse
City, $5 cover, 21 and over only.

 
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