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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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Chris Dorman's Vermont-Michigan-Internet connection

Kristi Kates - October 11th, 2010
Dorman’s dual locales aren’t stopping him from promoting his album, either; as a matter of fact, he says that there are many interesting ways that musicians can transcend their physical locations in order to present their music to wider audiences.
“I am encouraged by the new accessibility that web-based technology has provided for independent musicians and listeners,” Dorman says, “and I plan to continue walking intentionally down the path towards making music for a living.”

LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Dorman grew up with parents who were both amateur singers. He got his own start in music when he was presented with a battered 1960s Yamaha guitar at the age of 15.
From that point on, Dorman was hooked; he soon began performing regularly at an open mic in Lansing, proceeded to become the host of the weekly event, and subsequently began taking his own music across the country, “from street corners to coffee shops.”
Today, one way that Dorman is harnessing the power of the internet is via his 10.10.10 show, which, as you may guess, was set to take place on Sunday, October 10. Dorman, along with musical pal Steve Leaf, performed in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, while Seth and May performed in Kalamazoo; both sets were recorded and streamed live on the internet.
“Viewers will be able to watch the show on their computers as if it was one show,” Dorman said in advance of the show. “Live audiences in both states will watch the long distance set projected in their venue. You’ll be able to access the show from our respective websites, www.chrisdormanmusic.com, and www.sethandmay.com.”
The 10.10.10 show was put together in order to join millions of other people organizing events for 350.org’s Global Day of Action.
“The purpose of this movement is to bring awareness to Global Climate Change, and to show our world leaders we care about this issue,” Dorman says.

VERMONT-MICHIGAN CONNECTION
In addition to this worthy cause, Dorman’s fans, of course, will also care about his new Sita album, which was recorded in Okemos.
“We set the studio up retreat-style,” Dorman says. “Everyone slept there, ate there, and everyone was invited to bring all of themselves to the session.
“The individual songs draw from many different ideas and experiences, but I think listeners will pick up on my last couple years of transition throughout the album,” he adds.
Dorman’s move - what he calls a “developing story” - also spurred him to start what he’s calling “The Vermont-Michigan Exchange Program.”
“Many friends have already visited the farm, and we will begin next year to host a concert series. There are also theories about humans being drawn to the same latitude even if they move far distances - and I think Burlington and Traverse City are pretty darn close.”
Dorman also put some extra time into arranging the tracks on Sita in a unique fashion that solidifies the album’s presence - and perhaps anchors it even more to both of its geographic locales.
“Each song on Sita ends on a note that is a part of the first chord of the next song,” he explains, “in that way, the album is one piece.”

Chris Dorman will be performing songs from his new album, Sita, at the 10.10.10 Concert via the internet. In addition, he will be performing at Higher Grounds in Traverse City at 8 pm on Oct. 14, at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference in Traverse City on Oct. 15, and at several additional Michigan shows through Oct. 23. Visit www.chrisdormanmusic.com for details.


 
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