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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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The Motor City Comes to Crooked Tree

Kristi Kates - March 17th, 2014  

Detroit power rock is coming to Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center, which is billing it “a rockin’ music experience unlike any other this season.”

The Motor City Women, backed by their four-piece band Detroit Express, say they are set to rock CTAC with their fierce stage presence and powerful renditions of everything from blues, funk, pop, and even country.

MUSICAL SISTERHOOD

Lady T, Stacia Petrie-Ford, Aja Sardis, Terrilea, Cheryl Lescom, and Valerie Barrymore make up the Motor City Women, a singing group that Barrymore said was actually founded by the now-retired Kate Hart, who put the ensemble together years ago.

“All of the credit goes to Kate,” Barrymore said. “She found each of us; some of us were recommended by fellow musicians, some she caught during our performances.”

Putting six dynamic female performers in one act could have been trouble, but it turned out to be just the opposite.

“I didn’t think such a project would succeed, thinking women would never get along well enough,” Barrymore said. “I was completely wrong.”

Hart emphasized “sisterhood, love, and friendship for all of us,” Barrymore said.

“We really care about each other,” she said. “Pure and simple, what brings us together is our love of music,” bandmate Petrie- Ford said, “but what keeps us together is our love for each other.”

SINGING SPECIALTIES

After a while, Hart wanted to retire, but the remaining vocalists didn’t want to break the act apart. So they decided to continue as the Motor City Women.

While each Woman has at least one original song in the set list, and all are influenced to some degree by the Motown sound, each has their musical “specialty” within the act.

The covers, especially the recognizable Motown ones, are some of their most popular hits in a live setting, but their favorite songs to perform are their originals, Petrie- Ford said.

“Each Woman chooses her own repertoire and brings her original or cover songs to the group,” she said. “We like to give the audience a very unique experience, and when you write your own music, ideally you can showcase your own individual vocal strengths.” With several Detroit Music Awards to their credit, the Motor City Women show no sign of slowing down any time soon.

“We just have too much fun performing together – we really encourage each other,” Barrymore said. “There is no ego to destroy this project.”

The Motor City Women and Detroit Express will be performing at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in downtown Petoskey on Sat., March 22 at 8pm. Tickets $10 students/$25 members/$35 non-members. For tickets and more info, visit crookedtree.org.

 
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