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Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Chris Smither 3/21/11

Rick Coates - March 21st, 2011
Time Stands Still for Chris Smither
By Rick Coates
At 67, singer/songwriter Chris Smither has not lost his passion for
performing. He plans to cut his tour schedule from 120 shows to 80 shows a
year, but it has nothing to do with his age.
“I have a six-year-old daughter and I don’t want to miss out on her
growing up,” said Smither. “I love performing, I just don’t like getting
there.”
Smither will appear at the InsideOut Gallery in the Warehouse District
this Thursday, March 24 as part of the Connemara Concert series. He is
still touring in support of his 2009 release Time Stands Still.
“I am sort of on this every three years of releasing a new album, so
sometime next year with original works,” said Smither. “Currently I am
working on some covers from late ’50s and early ’60s, essentially rock
songs that I grew up listening to. I wanted to do something different.”

FEEDBACK
He enjoys performing his new songs and getting feedback on them before he
releases new songs on his CDs.
“I love it when people say at the record table after the show, ‘Do you
have such-and-such song on a CD?’” said Smither. “I say, ‘No – that’s a
new one.’ It’s great when they start asking about it right away.”
While Smither is looking forward to going back into the studio, his
passion remains performing.
“I like the fact we are seeing the end to artists who are simply recording
phenomenons and not performers. It is going back to the paradigm of making
their living from live shows,” said Smither. 
“I think this is great -- that is what I do -- essentially, I have been on
a non-stop tour for the past 40 years. I think that is what performers
should do.”
On songwriting, Smither says in some ways it comes easier to him now than
when he started.
“Writing songs is like exercising,” said Smither. “There are certain
muscles that have to get toned up. You work for a while, and eventually
they get strong again. Eventually, once you’ve written five or six songs,
songs number seven, eight and nine come a lot quicker. You know what
you’re doing. I learn a little bit more every time I write a new batch of
songs.”

THEM CHANGES
Smither has seen a lot of changes in his 40-plus year career.
“I started in this business back in the days when no one made their own
records. Today with technology and the Internet, everyone is able to
self-start,” said Smither. “It is quite a change. It is
funny because the record companies finally got what they wanted -- control
over everything -- and by the time they got it, it was too late.”
While he sees some positive changes, there are some negatives such as too
much music.
“One thing that has happened with technology and the ability for virtually
anyone to record music is that there is a lot more music out there today
than when I started. But that is not to say that it is any better. The old
saying that 90% of everything
is pure crap still holds true, but to look at it in a positive way: 10% of
a million records is better than 10% of 100,000 records.”
As for where Smither falls into the equation, he remains in that top 10%
and is currently enjoying the best success of his career.  
“I am doing better today in terms of record sales, concert draws, and
general income than I have ever done in my life. The Internet is
responsible for all of that. It has given me access to a market and
audience that was denied to me in the past.”

Chris Smither will perform at the InsideOut Gallery (downtown Warehouse
District) 229 Garland Street in TC on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are  $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are available at the 
InsideOut Gallery, Oryana Food Cooperative, Treat Tickets. For tickets or
more information call the InsideOut Gallery at 231-929-3254.

 
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