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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Alan Gerber

Kristi Kates - October 4th, 2010
Alan Gerber Brings on the Boogie
By Kristi Kates
He’s been called eccentric and professional; boogie-woogie and groovy;
and has played at jazz, rock, and blues venues across the continent.
Alan Gerber - who you might recognize from his work with the late ’60s
band Rhinoceros (Gerber wrote songs, sang, and played keyboards for
the group) - is difficult to define, but also difficult to forget,
especially once you’ve seen one of his energetic and distinctive live
performances; and Northern Michigan audiences will get a chance to see
this transformative performer at concerts in Petoskey and Traverse
City this weekend.

RHINO DAYS
Gerber’s work with Rhinoceros gave him not only the opportunity to
showcase his own talent, but also to share the stage with a plethora
of other musicians of the day; while he’s grateful for the
opportunities he got with Rhinoceros, he also says that the “big-time
music scene” wasn’t as fulfilling as he may have anticipated.
“I had the chance to meet & appear with many wonderful musicians,”
Gerber remembers, “B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Van
Morrison, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, Jeff
Beck, and many others. But for the most part, this was not a joyful
time for me. I found all the corporate rock n’ roll hype, the
egomania, and the general overloaded frenzy of it all to be quite
heavy and ultimately disappointing.”
More memorable for Gerber, he says, were his times alone in the band’s
rehearsal space - and the development of the band itself.
“That’s where I composed numerous new songs,” he says, “and when the
group was finally narrowed down to the final seven, I was really
impressed with the depth, power, and potential of the band.”

MOVING ON
As the ’70s began, Gerber decided to step away from Rhinoceros and
begin his own solo career, which he says was a virtually painless
experience.
“The transition from Rhino to my solo career was easy,” Gerber
explains. “I quit the group, went off on my own, wrote a bunch of new
songs, started doing solo shows, and eventually recorded a solo album
with Shelter Records.”
  That album, simply titled The Alan Gerber Album, would set the
foundation for Gerber’s next five solo discs, plus his current
release, 2009’s Queen of Hearts, which Gerber worked on primarily on
his own.
“Queen Of Hearts was recorded in my personal studio facility, mainly
at home,” he explains, “because of the portable nature of my studio, I
did some of the drums, bass and guitar in other spaces.”
Now miles away from the corporate rock scene, Gerber says he focused
the album on a range of themes, from more personal family matters to
spiritual growth, even throwing in a few humorous topics - and he most
definitely reveled in the time spent in his own studio.
“The sessions were really enjoyable, especially the time frame I had
to experiment, with no rushing because of the time/money studio
factor,” he says. “I could always go for that ‘one last take,’ which I
find to be an important luxury in a recording process.”

GERBER LIVE
  Now taking Queen of Hearts - as well as songs from his other six
albums - on the road, Gerber is snagging rave reviews for his
“stunning vocal interpretations” and “fine musicianship” live.
His one-man show blends his rock, boogie-woogie, and blues influences
with his sometimes zany stage antics to make for a show that keeps
audiences engaged from his first step out on stage to the night’s
final note. Given his prior band experience, fans of course expect the
music to be impressive - but what they might not be aware of are
Gerber’s skills as a comedic performer, as well, which add an extra
element to his already interesting show.
“During my live shows I strive for a mix, with beautiful poetry and
lots of laughs,” Gerber says. “This is exactly what people can expect
at my upcoming Blissfest show along with anything else that just
happens.”

The Blissfest Concert Series presents Alan Gerber in concert at the
Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Saturday Oct. 9 at 8:00 p.m. For
tix and more info, visit www.blissfest.org. He will also be appearing
with Trina Hamlin on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Loading Dock in TC at 7:30
p.m.

 
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