Letters 10-05-2015

Bravo Regarding the Sept. 28 Northern Express letter “Just The Facts” by Julie Racine, opinion column “E Pluribus Unum” by Thomas Kachadurian, and Spectator column “Fear Not” by Stephen Tuttle: Bravo. Bravo. Bravo....

Right On OMG. Julie Racine’s letter “Just the Facts” in the Sept. 28 issue said everything I was thinking. I totally agree. Amen sister...

Kachadurian’s Demeaning Sham Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion piece “E Pluribus Unum” is a very ill-informed perspective of American history. He attempts to portray our past as a homogenized national experience that has transcended any ethnic and regional differences with “the understanding” that our differences shouldn’t really matter...

Opinions Disguised As Facts Freedom of speech is a founding principle upon which our country prides itself, and because of this we all have a right to our opinion. It is when opinions are disguised as facts that we allow for ignorance to spread like wildfire...

Reject Your Own Stereotypes In his “E Pluribus Unum” column of 9/28, Mr. Kachadurian starts calmly enough with a simple definition and history of that famous motto from the Great “from many, one” seal of the U.S., but soon goes off the rhetorical rails. Alas, this heritage-sharing chat with neighbors soon turns into a dirty laundry list polemic, based on an us vs. them worldview...

Thanks For Just The Facts Thank you sooooo much to Julie in Marion for laying out the laundry list of right wing fabrications in her letter last week...

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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.”

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.

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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