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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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Jay Webber

- December 13th, 2010
Jay Webber hosts Songwriter Series in Frankfort
A new Songwriter Series has begun for the winter at the Bay View Grille, hosted by singer-songwriter Jay Webber. The event features area musicians in an acoustic coffee house setting every Saturday from 7-9 p.m.
“These are some very talented writers and performers who you don’t get to hear often and it offers something a little different to do here on a Saturday night in the winter,” Webber says.
Webber warms up the show, followed by guest songwriters who perform 4-10 songs and discuss their music. There’s no cover charge and desserts and a full espresso bar are available.
Originally from Leelanau Country, Webber presently lives near the Platte River and Lake Michigan in Benzie County when he’s not on the road performing. Here are a few words with Jay on his new gig:

NE: How long have you been performing full-time as a solo musician?
Webber: Been bouncin’ down the road around the country for almost nine years playing full-time music. I do take big pride in performing all gigs and concerts with all-original music -- no covers. Okay, I’ve learned to duck.

NE: How did you get the idea for the new Songwriter Series?
Webber: I usually run away in the winter in search of healing warmth and sunshine... and gigs of course. Since I’m here for the next couple months, I thought I should get busy and find something cool to do.
I’ve spent the last year in Northern Michigan and much of that time in Frankfort. It’s a great town full of great people and I wanted to have something (anything) going on since the streets are very, very quiet in winter. I visited Jill and Dale at the Bay View Grille and started tossing around ideas for music. The short of it was I did not want to do an open mic type of thing, but a songwriter showcase, since I’m very familiar with the huge talent locally. They liked the ideas and we started in November. It’s been very successful so far with our candle lights, Higher Ground coffee, desserts and Light of Day teas. Think Greenwich Village.

NE: What’s your winter lineup like?
Webber: I host the Series with a little playing before the show and really try to make the focus on the artist. They can talk about songs, writing, and what they’re up to as far as recording.
“The Grille” has featured notorious writers such as Hannah Rae Beale, Dennis Palmer, Robert Downes, Emily Rae Lively, Bruce Grossman, Sandy Blumenfeld and Adam Waugh. I’m booking January and February now, hoping to snag the talent from Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, like Pat Niemisto, Chris Skellenger. Paul Koss, Jenny Thomas, Barb Jordan, or Kirby and Robin Berry Williams. There are too many to name.

NE: You’re noted for playing all-original material. How many songs have you written?
Webber: Hmm, bunches and bunches. You definitely toss more than you play or keep.

NE: What’s the story behind your guitar with all of the signatures on it?
Webber: I let other writers and people that gig with me sign my guitars. It’s fun and with my poor memory it’s great to look at it once in a while and get a big grin on my face flashbackin’ to some gig in Austin, Sarasota or Nashvegas.

NE: What’s the roadmap for Jay Webber been like?
Webber: I’d really like to hit Wyoming, Seattle, Boston... I’ve been lots of places, but I’m going to try and hook up with some Nashville buds and see if I can’t wrestle someone down and force them to use one of my tunes in a documentary or movie or CD.

NE: Any plans for a forthcoming album?
Webber: I’m going to focus on individual tunes that I dig. Produce one or two at a time and really try to put it across in a creative manner. What does that mean? We should have a beer and discuss it.

Check out Jay Webber’s website at jaywebber.com for more on his music.
 
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