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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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