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Letters 02-15-2016

No More Balloon Launches In the recent Wedding issue, a writer noted a trend of celebratory balloon launches at weddings. Balloon releases are nothing more than a wind-born distribution of litter, not an appropriate way to celebrate a marriage or commemorate cancer victims and survivors...

Plenty Of Blame In Flint Many opinions have been voiced about the Flint water crisis; all have left many questions unasked, such as: Lead is the culprit, and a there is a ban on lead in paint, as well as one on lead in new plumbing materials. There are still many service connecting pipes made out of lead in service. Why? Have any been installed despite the ban?

Stop Balloon Releases I was appalled by the column on the wedding traditions article that suggested making new traditions like releasing balloons at the conclusion of the ceremony! I am the president of AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) in Ludington, and we clean beaches four times a year....

Roosevelt Had It Right 202 years ago the British Royal Navy bombarded Fort McHenry during the War Of 1812. While being held captive aboard the HMS Surprise, Francis Scott Key composed the immortal “Star Spangled Banner” poem. 202 years later I ask, “Oh, say can you see” one of the most appallingly dishonest presidential election cycles since the Adams/Jefferson election of 1800...

Avoid Urban Sprawl In Petoskey I urge Resort Township, the City of Petoskey and Emmet County to dissuade Bay Harbor’s proposal to add new business and residential development along U.S. 31 near the main entrance to Bay Harbor...

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4Play: Squeeze, Sting, Autolux, David Gray

Kristi Kates - September 20th, 2010
Squeeze - Spot the Difference - XOXO Records
In a unique and remarkably fun album idea, talented singer-songwriters
Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have taken a roster of old Squeeze
songs and have replicated them - with just a few minor changes (hence
the album title.) Some are easy to spot, such as Tilbrook subbing in
his own vocal for Paul Carrack on what is perhaps Squeeze’s best known
song, “Tempted”; but others are more subtle, such as different synth
patterns or instrument effects. The music is full of sass and energy,
and those deftly-written Squeeze songs are just as good as always.


Sting - Symphonicities - Deutsche Grammophon
Symphonicities serves as a companion, of sorts, to Sting’s world tour,
and features the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra interpreting the
songs of Sting and The Police. The album re-imagines Sting’s songs as
symphony arrangements, which actually showcases Sting’s exceptional
songwriting skills and nicely highlights the structures of the songs
themselves. “Every Little Things She Does Is Magic” takes on a magic
sound of its own with such rich instrumentation, while “When We Dance”
embellishes only slightly on the original; and “We Work the Black
Seam” introduces darkly effective horns.



Autolux - Transit Transit - TBD Records
L.A. band Autolux recorded their latest in their own studio, Space 23,
with the band’s own Greg Edwards serving as engineer. Vintage synths
and current electro-drum beats and loops co-exist nicely on tracks
like the predictably rhythmic “Census,” and the catchy “Supertoys” -
all three members of the band alternate through lead vocal duties, and
even throw some harmonies and horn and miniature piano sounds into the
mix. Interesting static and noises are filtered through to add even
more depth to this unique set.



David Gray - Foundling - Downtown
Singer-songwriter Gray, while not one of the best-known UK performers
in the U.S., has definitely been consistently putting out exceptional
albums that more singer-songwriter fans should hear. His latest, which
he worked on primarily on his own (instead of with his usual
bandmates), brings together his focused, warm vocals with his
descriptive lyric work, this time slightly more pared down than before
and with a more languid focus. “Gossamer Thread” sounds effortless in
its arrangement, “We Could Fall in Love...” removes the bass for a
more personal feel, and “Davy Jones’ Locker” offers up interesting
imagery and harmonies as well.

 
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