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Letters 05-25-2015

Michigan’s Depleted Funds So now we know why the Michigan legislators wanted to rush Proposal 1 down our throats.

Legality of Marriage & Divorce An article in the May 25th issue of Time reveals that: “We now have reached a point where fewer than half of kids leaving high school will have their parents living together.”

Cold Paradise Your May 18 cover story “Why is Northern Michigan So White?” is preposterous. For starters, we have plenty of diversity in this region: German, Polish, Swedish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, French Canadian, etc. – all groups that flourish in colder, harsh winter climates.

Unpave Those Roads Michigan legislators recently put before the people a proposal to increase tax to increase funds to the DOT and road commissions across the state for road repairs. The proposal failed by a significant margin.

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4Play: The Magic Numbers, Various Artists, Sara Bareilles. Ed Kowalcyzk

Kristi Kates - August 30th, 2010
The Magic Numbers - Runaway - 101 Distribution
A pair of brother-sister, er, pairs, The Magic Numbers are working hard to revive the ‘60s folk/flower-power era, from their dense, well-balanced harmonies (which, in addition to their configuration, often see them being compared to the Mamas and the Papas) to their groovy lyrics and subject matter. “Why Did You Call?” and “Throwing My Heart Away” are peppy and ready for a few tambourine shakes, while “Restless River” and “I’m Sorry” focus more on the instrumentals behind the vocals, but there’s a good balance of both approaches.



Various Artists - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - ABKCO Records
Whether or not you like this comic book-adapted movie - which has its funny moments and its “did they really need to do that?” moments - the soundtrack is nonetheless an interesting one. A variety of musicians bring the comic story’s bands “to life” in the movie, including tracks from Frank Black, The Rolling Stones, and Beachwood Sparks - but the most interesting element is the fact that Beck went back to his punky days and wrote the songs for character Scott’s own band, “Garbage Truck” being one of the best here. (Beck’s songs are listed on the album under the character-band name of Sex Bob-omb.”) Classic rocker anthems and several other newbie tunes round out the set.


Sara Bareilles - Kaleidoscope Heart - Epic
You might best know Bareilles, to date, from her radio single “Love Song”, with its catchy-poppy refrain and advert-friendly sound. Now she’s back with her sophomore set, which has already spawned another catchy single, “King of Anything,” on which Bareilles says she’s channeled her aggrevations over people throughout her career giving her “unsolicited advice.” In addition to her singles work, Bareilles’ newest collection of songs shows off her ability to blend sarcastic and direct admonitions with pretty tunes and interesting piano work on tracks like “Gonna Get Over You,” “Say You’re Sorry,” and “Machine Gun.”



Ed Kowalczyk - Alive - Megaforce
Kowalczyk was perhaps best-known as the frontman of big-time rock band Live, for which he’d been the singer for nearly two years. 20 million albums sold later, and Kowalczyk was at a loss for what to do next. After a few years of contemplation - and a life mostly lived away from the music biz - he’s back with his first solo album, which melds his distinctive vocals with music that’s often Live-like, and just as often not. “Drive,” the opener, is perhaps most reminiscent of Kowalczyk’s old band with its quiet verses and heavy chorus; but other tracks, like the catchy “Stand,” the lyrically-personal “In Your Light” and the more experimental “Fire on the Mountain,” showcase Kowalczyk’s growth.

 
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