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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Jason Mraz

Kristi Kates - September 27th, 2010
Jason Mraz Is “Yours” at Interlochen
By Kristi Kates
2010, so far, has been quite the year for singer-songwriter Jason Mraz.
Not only has his most recent album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal
Things, gone platinum, but he also snagged two Grammy nods for songs
from that same set.
His single, “I’m Yours,” with its soulful acoustic feel and Hawaiian
rhythms, holds a record for most weeks spent on the Billboard singles
chart.
And now, Mraz is bringing his modern rockin’, ethnic folk-meets-pop
sound to Interlochen’s Kresge Auditorium, where he’ll take the stage
on September 30.

SING DANCE AND STEAL
“This album, I’m so excited to share it with people,” Mraz said via
his website; but this time around, he’s taking the promotions for his
newest lineup of songs a little slower than the touring frenzy that
hits most musicians when they become part of the music business hits
machine.
“I can’t see myself getting too lost out there on the road,” he
explained. “There are certain new rules I’m playing by. Every couple
of weeks, I’m going to go home, do my laundry, say my thank yous, and
then I’ll go out and do some more.”
Mraz’s latest set is the second follow-up to a major label debut disc
(Waiting for My Rocket to Come) that saw his tracks “Remedy (I Won’t
Worry)” and “Curbside Prophet” hit the charts with a rocket-worthy
bang. In between that album and the current one was the
also-Grammy-nominated Mr. A-Z, which sent his tune “Wordplay” back up
the charts; and Mraz toured most of this time, garnering rave reviews
for his upbeat, informal, and well-performed live shows.

LOVE AND PEACE
For those unfamiliar with Mraz’s sound, he is reminiscent of several
other current folk/pop singer-songwriters--Jack Johnson, Ben Lee, and
Ben Harper being a few examples--yet unlike many of them in that he
also adds in hip-hop, jazz, and bossa nova to his music.
His next album, which he’s currently working on in London with
producer Martin Terefe, among others, will include more of those same
influences, although Mraz has also said that the overall feel of the
album is still up in the air, with additional elements including
reggae and richer production than previous efforts.
What’s for certain is that romantic subject matter will still play a
part, as many of Mraz’s songs focus on how couple-hood is a great
thing - that “two are always better than one.” One of the working
titles so far for the album, as a matter of fact, is actually The Love
Album - but another of the working titles (as Mraz mentioned recently
to Spin magazine) is Peace Canoe - so who knows where that moniker
will land.

WILLIE AND MILTON
In the meantime, while fans wait for the new Mraz set, they can
download/purchase some of Mraz’ other current musical projects, of
which there are several.
His duet with Willie Nelson, “The Way is Love,” (there’s that subject
matter again), is actually an unreleased Roy Orbison song that Nelson
and Mraz brought both of their talents to, while “Simplesmente Todo
(Simply All)” is another tune that Mraz recently recorded in an
international duet with Portuguese musician Milton Nascimiento.
As for Mraz’s own aforementioned in-progress album, he plans to return
to the studio mid-October, with the hopes of wrapping up recording by
early November so the new set can get mixed, mastered, and into stores
- and Mraz’s busy road schedule can start up again.
But that tour won’t get moving until 2011 - so snag those Interlochen
tix and catch him while you can.

Jason Mraz will be performing at Interlochen Center for the Arts on
September 30 at 7:30 p.m., with special guest Luc and the Lovingtons;
for tickets, visit http://tickets.interlochen.org, or call the
Interlochen Box Office at 800-681-5920 or 231-276-7800.

 
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