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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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