Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Emma Cook

Jack Pine - December 27th, 2010
“Days of Wonder”Leelanau singer/songwriter Emma Cook releases debut CD
By Jack Pine
Emma Cook is an example of how a young artist can be successfully nurtured, mentored, and inspired to be creative. As it turns out, folk singers do not have to hit the road and stumble around several years to make good music. Cook, a Leelanau County singer/songwriter, will host a CD release party for her debut recording “Days of Wonder” on Sunday, January 2 at 5 p.m. at the Loading Dock in TC.
Both of Cook’s parents are musicians. Her dad plays mandolin and her mother is a piano teacher. Cook grew up a child of Blissfest and has attended the folk festival almost every year since she was a baby.
“It is always fun” Cook says. “There is this moment when you crest a hill and see all the tents. It is a sigh of relief, almost. I feel so comfortable there.”
Instead of rebelling against her parent’s music, Cook has connected with it and is inspired by the performers at the festival.
“I grew up watching Seth Bernard and May Erlewine,” says Cook, who is now 20. “I was 12 or 13 when they were starting out. It has been inspiring to watch them. When I was 14 I saw Leo Kottke there and that changed my life. I remember thinking, ‘It’s just one guy and a guitar and you cannot look away. It was a really powerful experience for me. They always have awesome performers at Blissfest. When you are in middle school or high school you just get music on the radio. Seeing people play live was pretty pivotal.”

After a few starts and stops on piano and guitar as a kid, Cook began getting more serious about her musical studies as a freshman at Glen Lake High School. One of the course requirements was to write a song and she found she really liked the experience. It is now a part of her life and she has been writing songs continually since then.
Cook began performing at house concerts and art openings with Glen Lake classmate and guitar player Will Hendricks. They have played the last two years at Blissfest and this past summer they entered and won a contest for acoustic musicians called “The Battle on the Boardman” sponsored by radio station WKLT.
With her own catalog of songs beginning to accumulate, Cook turned her thoughts towards recording.
“I thought ‘Well, what am I writing for if not to share them’,” Cook says. “My friends know my songs, people respond well, so I thought this would be the next step.”
“Days of Wonder” was recorded at Pat Niemisto’s Holy-Wah studio near Glen Lake. Niemesto was Cook’s music teacher at Glen Lake High and also her collaborator on this project. It is a folk based recording, without sounding very bluegrassy or folky. Some songs swing such as “Melt Away” but the overall mood of “Days of Wonder” is introspective and meditative.
There are light touches of trumpets, flutes, guitar, dobro and even thumb piano, but Cook’s voice (a little bit Brandi Carlile, a little bit Norah Jones) is the featured instrument. On several of the songs she adds her own harmonies which works really well and gives the music a depth of sound that distinguishes it from most local recordings.
Listeners have a chance to hear for themselves at the Loading Dock on Sunday. Cook will have a full band with her including several of the musicians that played on her CD. Music starts at 5 p.m. It is open to all ages and is a free show.
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