Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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4Play: Bryan Ferry, Fourplay, Nu Shooz Orchestra, Dwight Twilley

Ross Boissoneau - November 22nd, 2010
Bryan Ferry – Olympia - Astralwerks
The bad news is this was originally going to be the first new Roxy Music album since 1982’s Avalon. The good news is that despite the fact it isn’t, it’s Ferry’s best in a while. And it still has contributions from original Roxy members Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, and Brian Eno, as well as latter-day Roxy contributors Neil Hubbard and Andy Newmark, as well as Marcus Miller, Flea, Nile Rogers and many others. The music is a bit more strident than Roxy’s swan song, but Ferry is still as suave as ever.

Fourplay – Touch the Sky - Heads Up
Traverse City’s own Bob James has been making beautiful music with his Fourplay compatriots Harvey Mason and Nathan East for almost 20 years. This recording marks the debut of guitarist Chuck Loeb, who replaces longtime fretmaster Larry Carlton. The longtime contemporary jazz veteran fits right in. His presence is felt most clearly on his own compositions. Loeb goes acoustic on drummer Mason’s “More Than a Dream.” Guest vocalists Ruben Studdard and Anita Baker are welcome but hardly necessary, as East delivers the goods with aplomb vocally as easily as he holds down the bass chair.

Nu Shooz Orchestra – Pandora’s Box - Nu Shooz Music
If the fab funk of “I Can’t Wait” was a 20-something’s call to the dance floor, this is a sophisticated adult version. Vibes, cellos, woodwinds, all surround Valerie Day’s beautiful voice. That voice is as elastic as ever, and her husband John Smith has written a passel of lush new pop songs. Yes, there’s even a new, grow-up “I Can’t Wait,” but while it fits comfortably alongside the new tunes, it doesn’t dominate them. That’s quite a trick, yet it doesn’t feel tricky at all. Just like a new offering from someone we’d missed without realizing it.

Dwight Twilley – Green Blimp - Big Oak Records
Everyone who remembers “Girls,” raise your hand. The MTV favorite should have been much more than just a moderate hit in the mid-80s. Twilley’s power pop has toughened a bit in the intervening years, and if Green Blimp isn’t chock full of hits, it’s certainly more than just a pleasant listen. Here he’s helped out by original Dwight Twilley Band guitarist Bill Pitcock IV, and gets some vocal assistance from Susan Cowsill. While he’s not nostalgic, Twilley is certainly comfortable writing and singing songs that would be fit easily in any decade from the 70s to today.

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