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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

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From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Jazzing it Up WITH HARMONIOUS WAIL

Smoldering vocals. Creative arrangements. And a bass player that can “lift the lid” off of any song or venue.

Kristi Kates - May 5th, 2014  

Reviewers say that musical talents like these are just a taste of what Harmonious Wail, a Continental jazz-meets-gypsy music trio is bringing to the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey this month.

TWENTY YEARS OF TUNES

Harmonious Wail has been together 20 years, which puts them in that rarified air only occupied by a limited number of bands that have stuck together for two decades or more.

Regular performers on NPR and at a wide range of clubs and performing arts centers, “The Wail” is known for a quirky stage presence.

Combined with their top-notch musicianship, The Wail puts on distinctive, impressive performances, all stemming from their unlikely hometown of Madison, Wisc.

“Maggie [Delaney-Potthoff]and I spent a couple of years at the Berklee School of Music [in Boston],” singer/mandolin player Sims Delaney-Potthoff said. “The notion then was to form a jazz unit with mandolin and violin where, traditionally, the saxophone and trumpet would be.”

The band jelled after bass player Jeffo Weiss joined about four years ago, Sims Delaney-Potthoff said.

“We are the most harmonious group of musicians I have ever – ever – worked with,” he said.

SPACE FOR SOUND

The biggest factor that Sims Delaney- Potthoff thinks makes The Wail a success is the fact that they are “all sympatico,” as he put it.

“We all feel the music, and rate integrity and honesty through the music very, very high on the list,” he said.

Songs like “Minor Swing,” “Bossa Dorado,” “Peace of Mind,” and Wail original “Things That Go” showcase the trio’s sound.

“The space created within a trio is really freeing,” Sims Delaney-Potthoff said. “We all find that we use the space to create more excitement and lift, and we all follow each other energy-wise.”

SHOWCASE SET

Most recently, they’ve poured their energy into their latest album, “Bohemian Tango,” which they recorded both in their home stomping grounds of Madison, and out in Philadelphia.

“We started the tracking in Philly,” Sims Delaney-Potthoff said, “and back in Madison we brought in a few extra gems – piano, a drummer, a saxophone player and a melodica player. The sessions were tons of fun.”

Calling the album “an excellent showcase” for the band, Sims Delaney-Potthoff said that the album’s theme revolves around freedom and energy, both the energy that they project with their music, and the energy that the music brings back to them.

They’ll be sharing all of it onstage with guitarist Gonzalo Bergara and his quartet as their special guest for the CTAC show, which Sims Delaney-Potthoff says will make the night even more special.

“It will be great to reconnect with our Northern Michigan fans, and to bring them a Harmonious Wail that is playing better than ever,” he said.

Harmonious Wail with special guest Gonzalo Bergara will be performing on Sat., May 10 at 7:30pm at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in downtown Petoskey as part of the Blissfest Concert Series. Visit blissfest.org or crookedtree.org for more info and tickets.

 
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