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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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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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