Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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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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