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Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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.”

ROCKING IN THE ROUND

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.

THE WHEELS OF LIFE

“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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