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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Collin Raye

Kristi Kates - September 20th, 2010
Collin Raye
By Kristi Kates
Socially-conscious, spiritually-minded, and firmly rooted in the American country music scene, Collin Raye has been crafting songs since early in his life and, as his latest album notes, “Never Going Back.”
He’ll bring songs from his new CD to his show at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center this Saturday.
Raye’s career began as a child, singing occasionally onstage with his mother Lois Wray, who worked as an opening act for a variety of Sun Records artists from Elvis Presley to Carl Perkins. Later, a country-rock band project with his brother, Scott - called simply The Wray Brothers Band - took off in the state of Texas and saw several indie singles released.
By the time the band - then shortened to The Wrays - had disbanded in 1986, Collin Raye was ready to make a go of it on his own, and signed with Epic Records in 1990. Since then, he’s had four albums hit platinum status in the U.S. (selling one million copies each), and snagged several Top Ten country music hit records. Country ballads are Raye’s main appeal to fans, as evidenced by several of his songs being popular among the country-western crowd for big events such as weddings.
His latest album, Never Going Back, was recorded in the southern U.S., and the recording locale hit a magical chord for the country performer.

“Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was the place where Never Going Back was recorded,” Raye says. “That’s where The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many other great recording artists have recorded many famous albums in the day. Just being in that place was magical for me - so much rich history in those walls. It’s overwhelming when you think about all the great records that came out of that place. Again, the word that comes to mind about that place is magical.”
Recorded with Raye’s longtime friend Michael Curtis on production duties, Raye says that he appreciates “all kinds of musical expression,” and explains that he’s a fan of “music, period - I can appreciate most kinds of musical expression if it comes from the heart” when asked about his musical inspirations for the record.
Another new album is already being rumbled about, although nothing’s confirmed just yet. “I’m always working on new music, ideas and ways to do things,” Raye says. “some new music is in the works as we speak, but I simply can’t say a whole lot about it at this time - but stay tuned. You can stay current with us at my website, www.collinraye.com, and we also have a free iPhone app now, where you can get the latest updates.”

One thing’s for sure, though - Raye’s fans can look forward to seeing him on stage and on the road often; the man rarely stops moving.
“We always tour,” Raye confirms, “we go out and work a few days, then go home a few days. Once in a while we put together a run and stay on the road for a week or two at a time, but overall the job never ends.”
Raye’s shows are known for his attention to his fans, even down to allowing them to “choose,” to a degree, the set lists for the concerts he plays while on tour.
“I always play the hits, and I try to fill as many requests as I can that are shouted out at my shows,” Raye says. “it has always been important to me to play the songs the fans want to hear.”
For his Boyne City show this Saturday, Raye will be putting on an acoustic show, which he says he enjoys because of the less arena-like atmosphere.
“The acoustic shows are always fun for me, because we can get up close and personal with the fans,” Raye says. “These shows are always fun.”
There may be a few twists to the show, as well - but Raye’s not spilling any of the details ahead of time.
“Well, I do not foresee having special guests at this show - however we always pull something out of the hat,” he smiles, “but if I tell you, it would not be a surprise.”

Collin Raye will be in concert at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 25 (two shows, at 4 pm and 7 pm), benefitting the Boyne City Firefighters. For tickets and more information, contact the Boyne City Chamber of Commerce at 231-582-6222.

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