Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Serious Moonlight

Kristi Kates - March 14th, 2011
Serious Moonlight... Moonlight Red brings a mix of instruments & influences
By Kristi Kates
Talking to Laren Corie and Donna Klein of Moonlight Red, one gets the
impression that they’ve been performing together for a very long time; but
in reality, they’ve only been working together for about a year, and had
to follow quite the twisting road to find each other’s work.
You’ll find that dynamic at work this Saturday when the duo perform at a
veterans fundraiser in Petoskey.
Klein moved Up North from Florida in 2005, and began rebuilding her music
career by performing locally. Living in rural Northern Michigan, Klein
explains, “can be isolating,” so the prospect of being able to connect
with other professional musicians was appealing.
Meanwhile, fellow musician Corie was working on his own goals, performing
solo, although it wasn’t something he particularly enjoyed - and he and
Klein had yet to meet.
“I didn’t like performing solo because I couldn’t use my skills as an
accompanist, such as arranging, harmony vocals, and playing various
instruments,” he explains, “I also do not have the right stage presence
for a solo musician - I love the interaction on stage with other
musicians, and I especially enjoy the dynamics of a duo. So I was really
on a perpetual quest for the right duo partner - I even toured the East
Coast, and spent some time in Nashville, constantly looking.”

Back to Klein, who explains that she worked for a while with another local
pro musician, but it just wasn’t in the cards.
“We weren’t moving in the same direction,” she says simply.
Klein was scheduled to play for the closing of the 40 Mile Point
Lighthouse in October of 2009. Corie ran across the listing for the show
on the internet, and after looking up Donna’s musical credentials, thought
it might be interesting to play some music together.
“Then, she didn’t show up at the jam,” Corie says.
“I was unable to attend,” Klein explains, “unknown to me, Laren was
looking for someone local to connect with, and went to the gig to meet
The pair didn’t actually meet until last spring - a fateful day when they
met up at Chandler Park in Onaway to chat about the possibilities.
“We connected right away, and played music the whole afternoon,” Klein
says. “Our musics were very compatible, and singing together is
wonderful,” Corie agrees.
“And that was the beginning of Moonlight Red,” Klein says.

Moonlight Red are perhaps best described as a folk group, although their
individual influences vary widely - and they’ve often been compared
vocally and harmonically to a stripped-down Fleetwood Mac.
“There is hardly a type of music that does not influence me,” Corie says,
“I was one of those weird musical children who listened to ‘Rhapsody in
Blue.’ Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ totally fascinated me. I took up mandolin because
there was one around the house; the result of growing up as a mandolin
player in Motown, with its hard-driving rock and roll, keeps me floating
between worlds, especially with Indian and Arabic influences. And my
influences for my harmonica style are a mix of bluegrass, Coltrane, Jeff
Beck, and Alvin Lee.”
Meanwhile, Klein’s musical favorites are clustered a little closer together.
“My main influence is the progressive movement of the 1970s,” she says.
“My favorite artist is David Bowie because of the variety of sounds he’s
explored through the years. I listen to all kinds of music and those
influences can be found in the songs I write - blues, power acoustic,
rock, jazz, and sometimes a twist of torch - one of our songs is even
influenced by the Stray Cats. I like to put my influences in the music
blender and see what comes out.”

Both musicians sing, and each have their own writing style - they’ve yet
to write any songs together, but say that they complement each others’
work “very nicely.” Corie is a multi-instrumentalist, so in addition to
the guitars you’ll see on stage during a Moonlight Red performance, you
might also see (and hear) his famed mandolin playing, harmonica, violin,
an instrument that Corie has developed himself called a “giant mandolin,”
and possibly even flute, which Klein plays on occasion. It’s an eclectic
mix that adds a lot of depth to their performances.
“We will bring the full array of instruments to the show,” Corie says,
“and lots of variety in songs, which will be almost all written by Donna
and myself.”

Moonlight Red will be performing at the Petoskey American Legion’s Benefit
for Veterans on Saturday March 19 at 6 p.m. at 455 Bay Street in Petoskey
- an open mic show will follow. Attendees are asked to bring a
non-perishable food item for the food bank.

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