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Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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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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