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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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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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