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Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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Lyle Lovett

Kristi Kates - August 2nd, 2010
Lyle Lovett: Livin‘ Large
By Kristi Kates
Four Grammy Awards, one Large Band, 40 cities on the tour schedule, and one acclaimed all-American performer. The components that make up Texan Lyle Lovett’s success are varied and many, but for the singer-songwriter himself, it all breaks down to the songs.
“My songs can be just a stray thought that’s a reaction to something going on, or a reflection of what’s going on in my own life,” Lovett says. “My songs are about people, about trying to figure out what every day is like, what every day means.”
But writing those songs is most definitely more than just a job, Lovett explains.
“It’s not something that ever seems like work, or that I have to do,” he says.
The “work” part is left up to Lovett’s PR people, who, he points out, sometimes have a difficult time figuring out how to promote the multi-faceted musician, who simply will not be pigeonholed, even within the genre of country music.
“There is not a commercial design to exploring and playing the styles of music that I enjoy listening to,” he says, “In fact, it poses a very difficult marketing situation for the people you’re in business with. But my enjoyment of being able to creatively move wherever I like to outweighs the difficulty.”

NATURAL FORCES
Lovett’s newest album, Natural Forces, brings together the most well-known elements of his songwriting skills, with an even balance between subtle balladry and the Western wit that Lovett has become identified with.
As mentioned above, all of Lovett’s new songs - just as on previous releases - expand broadly on what’s perhaps considered “merely” country music; the arrangements are sprinkled with everything from blues to jazz, gospel to Texas swing.
Standouts on Natural Forces include Lovett’s pretty take on “Whooping Crane,” the interestingly-written “Loretta,” and the quirky original “Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel.” And Lovett’s backing band can handle it all with aplomb - the musical collective that he’s simply dubbed “His Large Band” has easily adapted its numbers and musical approaches over the years to suit whichever songs of Lovett’s they’re performing.

HIS LARGE BAND
“The idea for the band was a result of just trying to do justice to the recordings live,” Lovett explains, “one thing sort of leads to another, and all of a sudden you’re standing in the middle of 18 people on stage.”
Lovett alternates touring with His Large Band with acoustic shows, on which he often appears alongside musical compatriots such as John Hiatt, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark. Although he’s yet to specify exactly which form his upcoming live show at Interlochen will take and how much of His Large Band will be there, the audience can be assured that they’ll be treated to Lovett performing at his best - which for him, is every performance.
“To be so focused for a month or two during a tour, to be that dedicated to one end, to be able to do the best show you can every day - that’s really nice,” Lovett says, “I feel so fortunate that our live audience really has been what’s supported me over these years. That’s really my focus, is to be able to go out and do a good show.”
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will be performing at Interlochen’s Kresge Auditorium on Monday, August 9 at 8 p.m.

 
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