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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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.”

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.

“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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