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Letters 05-23-2016

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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Dick Siegel

Kristi Kates - January 31st, 2011
Petoskey Welcomes Dick Siegel
By Kristi Kates
Michigan transplant Dick Siegel, born in New Jersey but now firmly a
part of the Detroit music scene, has become well-known over the years
for his quirky lyrics, singer-songwriter styling, and his unique
fusion of roots, folk, and jazz.
You may have heard him on NPR (he’s made stops most prominently on
segments All Things Considered and Mountain Stage), heard about his
latest album, Fighting for King George, or seen him perform live. And
now Northern Michiganders will have a chance to see Siegel live on
stage in Petoskey with his trio, the Brandos, performing at the
Crooked Tree Arts Center, Saturday, Feb. 5.

TUNING AND TEACHING
Given Siegel’s long career to date - he’s been in the music business
for over 25 years - one might assume he’d be slowing down by now. But
that’s not in the cards for this veteran performer.
“Lately, I’ve been working hard playing guitar, writing songs, finding
inspiration in the crazy and profound goings-on of life day to day,
and putting it to music,” Siegel says. “And I’m putting together a
live album culled from a year and a half of Dick Siegel and the
Brandos performances. We’re also spending time in the studio, playing
like we do on stage, honing our ability to bring the excitement of the
live show into the controlled studio environment. The studio album
will be all new material; the live album will be stocked with the best
of old and new from our shows.”
In addition to his own musical endeavors, Siegel says, he’s also
“wearing an educator’s hat,” with his visiting professorship at the
University of Michigan.
“I’m teaching a songwriting course,” he explains, “it’s called ‘The
Singing Out of Our Minds Songwriting Workshop.’ It’s very cool, and I
love doing it - shepherding the talents of some very talented people,
getting into songs work, how to make them better, and immersing
ourselves in the great roots songs that so much of contemporary
songwriting spring from.”
BACK TO RETRO
When asked what of today’s ‘contemporary songwriting’ Siegel, himself,
is inspired by, he actually steps back far more than looking toward
the future, referring mostly to the early music he’s been sharing with
his U of M class.
“The Carter Family, Stephen Foster, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Irving
Berlin,” he begins, “I’m inspired by Miles Davis’ hypnotically melodic
music. And I’m inspired by the music that emerges when I get together
to rehearse with my gifted trio-mates, guitarist Brian Delaney and
upright bassist Dave Roof.”
Locally, he’s a fan of May Erlewine, Seth Bernard, Micah Middaugh of
Breathe Owl Breath, Erin Zindle of The Ragbirds, and the Ann Arbor
band My Dear Disco - and he’s got plenty of fans of his own, given the
turnout at his live shows.
“Our shows have been a blast,” Siegel enthuses, “we have kind of a
jazz approach to my songs in that we’re always improvising, making new
discoveries. We push ourselves. It keeps the music exciting for us and
for our audiences, making that connection.”
For Siegel’s Petoskey show with the Brandos, he says he’ll be “singing
his heart out.”
“The trio will be shooting off musical sparks,” he promises,
“masterful upright bass, virtuoso guitar via Dave and Brian. We’ll
solve a few of life’s mysteries, give people something to laugh about,
and leave them with a song to sing themselves home with.”

Dick Siegel and the Brandos will be performing at the Crooked Tree
Arts Center in Petoskey at 8:00 p.m. on February 5, as presented by
the Blissfest Music Organization. For tickets and info, visit
www.blissfest.org or call 231-348-7047. For more info on Siegel and
his band, visit www.dicksiegel.com.

 
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