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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Soul Patch

Kristi Kates - June 13th, 2011
“Soul Patch has been a long and interesting journey,” begins Soul Patch singer Christopher “Wink” Winkelmann. The band, a Traverse City hometown favorite, began as a two-piece acoustic act made up of Winkelmann and Michael “Mando” Peck (on guitar and mandolin), and evolved into a two-piece with a whole lot of guest musicians sitting in.
“We are still in TC and probably always will be. This is our home and we love ‘Da Mitten!’” Winkelmann says.
By 2003, they’d added Christopher “CB” Belanger on bass; 2005 brought multi-instrumentalist Adam T. Sleder to the lineup along with Marc “Animal” Alderman on drums, and the official lineup of Soul Patch was “formed and complete on New Year’s Eve 2005,” Winkelmann confirms.
Soul Patch will lay down the grooves at the Northern Express Minifest this Thursday, June 16 from 7-9 p.m. at Lay Park (just south of the Union Street dam & bridge).  The public is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to the family-friendly show, which is co-sponsored by the Traverse City Parks & Recreation Commission.
While Soul Patch’s sound seems like something that was carefully crafted to cover several genres, the eclectic mix, Winkelmann explains, evolved naturally following his own solo work, during which he performed both covers and originals. Working with his bandmates, he found that they had similar styles and approaches to crafting music, which just made Soul Patch’s evolution all the easier.
“We all have a love for all music,” he says, “with no one genre taking over our everyday lives. We are always listening, respecting, and gaining new musical bliss through the vast connections we all make as musicians.
“So, in writing new music one of the three songwriters brings a riff or a song to practice. We all give it a listen, and see if we can make it work with our many different styles. We’ll ‘put some Patch on it!’ - meaning we’ll all produce our own parts to the song - and put them together until it seems to work for our ears. That’s how we ‘settled’ on our sound.”

While they’re often referred to as a jam band or a party band, Winkelmann says that “if you love music, chances are you’ll like Soul Patch.” 
Their mix of styles can be heard within the range of just one song. And speaking of set lists - Soul Patch doesn’t believe in ‘em, so don’t expect to see the same show twice.
“I get asked a lot why we don’t make set lists,” Winkelmann says, “basically, I developed this philosophy years ago as a solo artist. I was in bands that would write set lists, and I was the front man, having to sing the list and see the crowd’s reactions to the songs and hear their requests. What I found was that the more I pay attention as an entertainer, reading the crowd the best I can from stage, it gives me the ability to keep the floor moving and the crowd interacting.”
“By not writing a set list, I can fulfill requests, interact with the audience more, and make them feel like they are involved in the show, not there to just hear my agenda for the evening. And for us as a band, it keeps every evening different and fresh. In the life of Soul Patch, you never know what is going to happen,” he says.

That approach extends to the life of their recording career, as well. A new CD from the band has been long-awaited and much-anticipated - but as Winkelmann explains, even the best made plans don’t always necessarily work out in time.
“In July of 2007, we put out a live CD which we recorded in the studio, live in one take, with little to no editing, and we gave it to our fans, as they requested,” Winkelmann says. “Over the past four years, many have asked us when we were going to have a new CD. Well, it was supposed to be late 2008, then early 2009, then 2010 - but it is actually being mastered as we are having this interview,” he chuckles.
The new 14-track, original album, titled S.P.i.N., is now set to be out in early to mid June.
“If it’s possible, we may leak one new tune off of the album to WNMC 90.7 FM once the album is mastered,” Winkelmann says, “but I make no promises when it comes to this album - it was supposed to be out three years ago.”

Soul Patch performs at the Northern Express Minifest this Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Lay Park (just south of the Union Street dam & bridge).  The free show celebrates 20 years of Northern Express.  Bring a lawn chair. For more on the band, see http://www.facebook.com/soulpatchisneat


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