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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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