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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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Gaylord's Prodigal Son Stays Put

Kristi Kates - May 12th, 2014  

Last time Northern Express spoke with Gaylord multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer Jake Allen, he had just released his solo album and was prepping to release his first concert DVD, which attracted the attention of Candyrat Records.

Although he typically spends winters in Arizona playing a musical residency, this year Allen stayed local, working with a new band and building a brand-new recording studio.

COOKIE CONNECTION

Like many, Allen likes to escape The Alpine Village’s harsh winters, but last spring, he decided to take a break from the Jake Allen Band in order to focus on other things … although he wasn’t sure just what.

Enter The Cookies, a new, energetic dance band from Gaylord. The Cookies’ guitarist, Jacob Filarski, invited Allen to join the band, and that was that.

“I jumped at that opportunity because it seemed like a nice change of scenery,” Allen said. “Playing drums in a band that does a bunch of upbeat covers and gets people dancing sounded strangely inviting. I decided this was a good opportunity to give the Jake Allen Band a hiatus.”

Refocusing on both his solo career and The Cookies – the latter of which he calls “a joyful experience” – Allen is now turning his attention to Gaylord’s music scene.

STUDIO SELECTION

Although not a cold weather fan, Allen said he spent this past winter in Gaylord to work with The Cookies.

“And now I’m starting to realize that my being back in Michigan is crucial to my growth at this time,” he said. “Out West I was very caught up in the fast-paced lifestyle.”

He’s also musically inspired by the “Up North” vibe.

“As much as I hate the winters here, there is something about the desolation,” he said. “It’s easier to write potent music when you are slightly uncomfortable.”

Allen is now taking full advantage of his remote location by turning his house in Crawford County into a recording studio, one with a unique goal: He wants the studio to be a haven for Michigan-based musicians.

“The vision is to have a place where I can record and engineer the next Jake Allen album, the debut Cookies’ album, and also projects from artists here within our community,” he said.

The control room for Allen’s new studio has already been built, along with a large live room to record full bands.

It’s been both an emotional and financial investment for Gaylord’s prodigal son, who has launched an indiegogo.com campaign to help defray costs.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

The funds raised will help outfit the new studio, and in turn help his fellow Michigan musicians realize their recording goals.

“In the past, there had always been a kind of sense of pride that stopped me from asking my friends and fans for help,” Allen said. “But once I actually took a deeper look into the campaigns that bands were doing on sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, I became more open to the idea of reaching out.”

With the campaign, Allen’s plate could be considered full. He’s currently writing songs for his own album and contributing to The Cookies’ album, both of which he says should be completed by early 2015.

But there’s even more on his musical menu. Allen is scheduled to appear with The Cookies as the Treetops Resort and Spa house band Friday and Saturday nights, May-October, as well as monthly performances at Cafe Santé in Boyne City.

Staying home this winter and turning his attention to Michigan musicians has been a grounding experience, he said.

“I’m in a very introspective place currently,” he said, “and being around the places and people I grew up with is helping me to gain better perspectives on not only my career, but also my life in general.”

To learn more about Jake Allen and his musical projects, visit jakeallenmusic.com or his Facebook page. For bookings, contact manager Marcia Taylor at marcia@jakeallenmusic.com or (989) 619-1396.

 
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