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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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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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