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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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Got Soul?

Rick Coates - August 2nd, 2010
Got Soul? Collectively, soulful rockers keep it together
By Rick Coates
Even in the world of rock and roll, a lot of times it is about who you know versus what you know. Just ask Collective Soul lead guitarist Joel Kosche who joined the band in 2001. Kolsche and his bandmates, Ed and Dean Roland and Will Turpin (all founding members) will take the stage at the Odawa Casino in Petoskey this Saturday.
“Yeah I was a part of that same music scene in the Atlanta area that Collective Soul was a part of. I had my day job painting in a body shop and fronted a band at night,” said Kosche. “Well, I was getting tired of the day job and so I asked a buddy connected with Collective Soul if they needed anybody and eventually he passed my name along and I got hired.”
But not to be a member; Kosche was hired to be the guitar tech for the band in 1996.
“It was great at first because I got away from the body shop,” said Kosche. “But Collective Soul is a hard working band and we were touring the world and then I took on Stevie Winwood as well. I was so busy working for other bands that I didn’t have time for my own music. So I quit to move back to Atlanta and work on releasing my own CD.”
His hiatus from Collective Soul was short-lived.
“I got a call from Ed saying that they had parted ways with Ross (Childress the original lead guitarist who Kosche was the guitar tech for) and if I would like to join them for the tour,” said Kosche.
“I agreed and they said ‘good, because we leave for Australia in a week. Do you think you can handle it?”’

INVITED FULL TIME
While Kosche had little time to prepare, he mastered the group’s songbook quickly and his performance was so impressive on the tour that he was invited to become a full time member of the band.
Since then, Kosche has become an integral member, co-writing the hit “Hollywood” in 2007 and co-producing the CD “Afterwards” with lead singer Ed Roland. On the same album, Kosche wrote and sang lead vocals on the song “I Don’t Need Anymore Friends.”
On Collective Soul’s most recent release, the 2009 self-titled album, Kosche showcased his songwriting skills with the single “You” and the album track “Understanding,” which were co-written with the rest of the band.
Despite enjoying success with one of rock music’s top bands of the last 15 years, Kosche still has an interest in a solo career. While not planning on leaving Collective Soul, Kosche did release his first solo album last month, “Fight Years.”
So why did it take Kosche so long to release a solo album and why not record the songs with Collective Soul?
“Collective Soul is so busy touring and recording that it took me three years to record my CD,” said Kosche. “This solo work is my music. The songs are about my struggle to make it as a musician, hence the title ‘Fight Years.’ So this is not Collective Soul; some of these songs were written before I joined Collective Soul.”
“Fight Years” is receiving praise from critics’ and Collective Soul lead vocalist Ed Roland sings backing vocals on “The Passing,” while Kansas singer Steve Walsh sings on “Always Dreaming,” and “Firewalk.” While the CD’s lyrics may be autobiographical, musically it is all about guitars.
“It was really important to me to emphasize the tried and true big guitar formula,” said Kosche. There are a couple of acoustic moments to break it up, including a song with a string quartet, but I didn’t stray too far. Another thing is that I actually made a point of not using any keyboards or synthesized instruments, I wanted all the sounds to be real even if they are a little bit wacky.”
Collective Soul’s plate is pretty full. The band is on the road through October and then will head into the studio to record a new album.
But in the meantime, Kosche has no complaints.
“I am in a great rock band,” said Kosche. “It is great getting up on stage and having the audience singing along to most of our songs. This band is just as energized today as it was when it hit the big time in 1993. We love touring, playing all the hits. We will sprinkle in a few future hits and a couple of covers and just have a lot of fun on stage. No one will leave the Petoskey show disappointed.”

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Collective Soul became an overnight international sensation with their 1993 debut “Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid.” The multi-platinum CD featured their mega-hit “Shine.”
The band was invited to perform at the 25 Anniversary of Woodstock and went from being an opening act to a headliner with their eponymous 1995 CD (they now have two self titled albums) that contained four hits, including three that went to number one. The songs “December,” “The World I Know,” “Where The River Flows,” and “Gel” would keep the album on the Billboard Top 200 charts for 76 weeks. Other number one hits from Collective Soul include “Precious Declaration,” “Listen” and “Heavy.”

Collective Soul will perform at the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey on Saturday August 7 at 8 pm. Tickets remain and may be purchased online at odawacasino.com or by calling the box office at 800-585-373. If you would like to make a day out it be sure to stay at the Casino and enjoy dinner the Waas-No-De Buffet.

 
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