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Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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11/19/2010 4Play: Doobie Bros., Girl Talk, Neil Young, Leon Russell and Elton John

Jack Pine - November 29th, 2010
Doobie Bros. - World Gone Crazy - HOR Records
This is the first collection of new material from the Doobie Bros. in a decade, who amazingly have stayed together all these years in some form except for a two-year hiccup in the early ‘80s. To call them new songs is a bit of a stretch. It is possible this album was computer-generated based on the Doobie’s pre-Michael McDonald, “Long Train Running” era, with Tom Johnston singing most of the lead vocals. Producer Ted Templeman is re-enlisted from the Doobie’s glory days, McDonald and Willie Nelson show up for guest appearances, but it is not enough to make it interesting. But who knows? Maybe they’ll be one of the next bands from the ‘70s to play at the Cherry Festival.

Girl Talk - All Day - Free Download at illegalart.net
In the same week where after years of negotiations between the lawyers of Apple Music and Apple computers, the Beatles are now on iTunes, Girl Talk DJ Greg Gillis makes his latest creation, All Day available on the Internet for free. All Day is the poster child for current generational differences and the increasingly blurry boundaries of music, copyrights and the internet. It includes over 370 samples, starting with Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” and doesn’t slow down until it finishes an hour later. Girl Talk has often been described as a lawsuit waiting to happen. If it ever comes to that, Gillis should get a pass based on how much fun and exciting the music is. Download it and play guess the sample at your next party!



Neil Young - Le Noise - Reprise Records
There was a sense of anticipation when Neil Young recruited fellow Canadian and musical evolver Daniel Lanois to produce his new album. Alas, “Le Noise” is a Le Mess. It is just Young and a guitar, but it is not at all acoustic. It is more like a Crazy Horse album where the band got stuck in traffic and did not show up. The songs and Young’s playing are raw and emotional enough to where die-hard Neil fans might appreciate it, but coming in at a scant 37 minutes, the average buyer of “Le Noise” might feel a mix of being shortchanged and relieved.



Leon Russell and Elton John - The Union Mercury Records
There are some good songs on this collection, and some that just plod along. Kudos to Elton John for reintroducing Leon Russell to the 21st century. The two of them compliment each other well without stepping on each other’s toes. It would have worked better though if it wasn’t all so meaningful. There are plenty moments of fun. Russell gets his distinctive rockin’ piano beat going and shows that he still has it on “Hearts Have Turned to Stone,” and “A Dream Come True.” “Jimmy Rodger’s Dream” is an effectively dreamy country tune and it is a fine album on the whole, but be prepared for a good amount of sentimental fare such as “You’re Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)” and “In the Hands of Angels.”
 
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