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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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