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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Tony Lajoye's Circle of Sound

Kristi Kates - April 14th, 2014  

Singer-songwriter Tony LaJoye brings things full circle with his music … and a pay-it-forward attitude toward his fellow Michigan musicians.

“There are so many amazing musicians right in our backyard,” LaJoye said.

“The Ragbirds, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, and The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey are a few of my favorites.”


LaJoye is quickly becoming a favorite on the pub and club scene and works with several different musicians, rotating people in and out as schedules allow.

“It’s a bit of a juggling act sometimes,” he said, “but it’s also a fun way to keep things fresh and see my own music from new perspectives.”

Currently collaborating with Traverse City’s own John Driscoll on drums and Stu Ford on bass, LaJoye said that, versus playing solo, a band is necessary to put forth a fuller, more engaging sound.


“I listen to so many different music makers,” LaJoye said. “We’re talking everything from Stevie Wonder, to George Gershwin, to Dr. Dre. And I’m pretty picky about the tunes I cover, too.”

LaJoye likes to cover well-known songs, but not ones that are commonly covered by other bands, and he works to arrange them in a way that makes them different from the original version, while still retaining the melody.

“We might play ‘The Letter’ as a swing-jazz sort of feel, or ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ as upbeat groove-rock,” he said. “It’s another example of things that change from gig to gig depending on who’s playing and how we’re feeling.”

Further expanding his career are his own original songs, which have helped land him gigs opening for Matisyahu, The Crane Wives, and Levi Britton, among others.

His first solo album, “Monster,” was honored with two WYCE Jammie Nominations at the West Michigan radio station’s music awards event.

His songs, which he’ll be showcasing at his upcoming performance in Traverse City, are based on his own experiences and are intended to appeal to a wide range of listeners.

“I write about my love life, my personal struggles, and experiences that stick out to me,” he said. “I try not to be too heavy or political with my tunes. I’m more of a musician than a poet.”

Tony LaJoye will be performing at Union Street Station in Traverse City on April 17. For more, visit his Facebook page or unionstreetstationtc.net.

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