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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Into The Mystic

Kristi Kates - May 31st, 2011
Into the Mystic: Dub aims for the ‘True Reggae’
By Kristi Kates
Formed six years ago in the Muskegon area, the reggae powerhouse known as
Mystic Dub - comprised of Raya True (vocals/keyboards), William Jeannot
(guitar), Kosta Karis (bass), and Juan Carlos (vocals/drums) began their
musical journey by playing regional venues.
“We primarily played clubs such as Blue Note and Captain Jack’s in
Muskegon, and Billy’s Lounge in Eastown Grand Rapids,” explains frontwoman
True, “now, we hope to expand our touring radius with each season.”
Now hitting the road from Michigan all the way to Tennessee and New York
every year (the band’s been touring out of Michigan for the past four
years), they’ll be performing in Traverse City this Friday, bringing their
hybrid reggae-pop sound to Northern Michigan.

“Blend the sounds of Bob Marley, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sade, and The Police
in a blender, and you’d get a style similar to Mystic Dub,” True says.
“Although we are not entirely settled in our sound - it’s always changing
and developing.”
In addition to a diverse roster of reggae musicians including Augustus
Pablo, Israel Vibration, Luciano, Culture, Midnite, and Desiree, the
Marley camp has definitely been a big influence on the band.
In August of last year, True and Mystic Dub released their debut album,
Have No Fear, which True explains was actually produced and accompanied by
one of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh’s own guitarists, Donald Kinsey.
“The album was recorded at Soundfield Studios,” she says, “prior to that,
we released a single, “Dis Hook,” which was recorded at River City Studios
for the Grand Rapids Compilation CD Volume 3, which was released in 2008.”

Inspired by “life, love, faith, hope, vision, struggles, and the
instruments themselves,” as True puts it, Mystic Dub write about 60
percent of the music
they perform live, with plenty more waiting on deck.
“We have about 1,000 times 100 percent of original material either written
and waiting to be recorded, or waiting to be discovered and written,” True
“all of our released CD recordings are original music.”
Sometimes the mere germ of a song
is what True says will help the tune
“find its life.”
“Sometimes, hearing the piece in my mind as a finished song inspires me to
get it down or figure it out in order to be able to play it,” she
What Mystic Dub finds inspiring as far as their live performances, are the
responses they get from their audiences
“We are believers in the One Love vibe,” True says, “and we chose reggae
for its uplifting message. We like the positive vibes we get reciprocated
when we play live - the reunions of repeat audiences at shows, meeting new
people, jamming at new venues and cities, and the energy that the crowd

Mystic Dub will perform at The
Loading Dock in TC on Friday, June
3. Info: www.facebook.com/mysticdub,
www.myspace.com/mysticdub, and www.reverbnation.com/mysticdub. Their album
is available at cdbaby.com.
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