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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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4Play: Crowded House, Sky Sailing, Fran Healy, Josiah Leming

Kristi Kates - October 11th, 2010
Crowded House - Intriguer - Mercury
Crowded House singer/songwriter Neil Finn - a master craftsman of
songs if there ever was one - calls Intriguer what may be the best
thing the band has ever done. That’s saying a lot, from him. Produced
by Jim Scott, this set of new Crowded House songs - their first studio
effort in over a dozen years - blends Finn’s instantly identifiable
songwriting and trademark harmonies into ten near-perfect smart indie-
pop songs, executed by the rest of his skillful band. Opener “Saturday
Sun” accompanies “Either Side of the World, “Twice If You’re Lucky”
and “Even If.”

Sky Sailing - An Airplane Carried Me to Bed - Republic The earlier
side project of Adam Young aka Owl City, Sky Sailing’s debut offers up
a slightly different side of the effusive performer’s digi-pop, this
time with more acoustic guitar and piano, and a little less of the
electro bleeps and synth work that was presented on Owl City’s album.
The beats vary from pop to waltzes, and Young’s lyrical imagery ranges
from underwater caves to a night at the opera (quite literally); his
ability to craft atmospheric tracks is no less here than it was on Owl
City, and is a nice change-up that shows the musician’s remarkable
range.





Fran Healy - Wreckorder - Rykodisc
Appearing on his first solo album cover a bit scruffy and “not that
kid any more,” as he says about himself, Travis frontman Healy’s well-
known skill for songwriting is in fine form here, blending his Britpop
sensibilities with line-drawn song storylines, beats from pop to
waltz, and special guests, as well. Paul McCartney contributes bass to
the rambling “As It Comes,” and Neko Case shares vocals with Healy on
“Sing Me to Sleep,” while first single “Buttercups” blends perfectly-
chosen minor chords with wistful wordplay and another pretty, catchy
Healy tune.




Josiah Leming - Come On Kid - Warner Bros.
First single “Maybe” puts the spotlight on Leming’s remarkably concise
writing abilities and his way around a song, as well as his poetic
lyric-craft, giving the gifted singer vindication for his crash-
landing off of American Idol a while back. Leming, who obviously
wasn’t suited for Idol’s oft-corny canned-performer assembly line,
spent a couple of years writing and recording this set, and both the
effort and his talent show through; the title track is an admonition
to self to try harder, while “To Run” is directly pretty and “Arctic
Outcry Wind” utilizes Brit-pop-inflected hooks to be proud of.

 
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