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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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Blue October's Revitalized Rock

The boys in Blue October love coming to Traverse City, and it has nothing to do with the beaches or cherry pie.

Kristi Kates - May 19th, 2014  

“My favorite thing about playing TC is getting to see Matt’s parents,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Justin Furstenfeld. “The Noveskys are like our second parents – hi Bill, hi Linda, we love you!” No wonder Northern Michigan shows are something of a homecoming for the alt rock band.

Brother Jeremy Furstenfeld tackles drum duties. C.B. Hudson joins up on guitar, while Ryan Delahoussaye takes a multi-instrumental role. And on bass, Matt Novesky - a Traverse City hometown boy.

SHADOWY SONICS

Formed in 1995 by brothers Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, and TC homie Matt Novesky, the band was discovered by music manager Michael Rand while performing at a cafe in Houston, and were immediately booked on an extensive tour.

The band took that opportunity and ran with it, releasing a half-dozen albums from 1998-2011 and scoring a number two hit with their single “Hate Me.”

Now they’re on album number seven, “Sway,” which is still going strong nine months after its release, and has been called their “most accessible” and thoughtful album to date.

Helping the album along is the video for the set’s title track, a shadowy yet optimistic clip that finds Furstenfeld channeling a little of Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, and a lot of U2’s Bono, as the rest of his band sets down a solid foundation.

VIBRANT VIDEOS

The title track’s video underscores embracing life to the fullest, Justin Furstenfeld said.

“The only idea I wanted to put across was that each of the members of Blue October are a family - we complete each other as a team,” he said.

The aim was to see each bandmate in their element, he continued.

“Going into the shoot, I wanted everyone confident and happy with themselves, so when it was finished, we got to see each member in a place of peace,” he said.

The initial idea for the video wasn’t so esoteric, however: It was more along the lines of the plot line from the movie “Footloose,” an idea that quickly got kicked to the curb.

“It was originally supposed to be a video about renegade teenagers who lived in a place where dancing and music were forbidden,” he said. “That is until I rethought it and said, ‘Nah!’”

RESTORATIVE ROADS

Blue October is enjoying critical and fan reaction to “Sway,” and planning their summer tour, including that much-anticipated stop in TC.

Justin Furstenfeld – whose difficult struggles with depression, addiction, and loss have often surfaced in his song lyrics – is looking more confident and healthy, as well. He’s given up drugs, alcohol, and smoking to focus on making the most of his musical talents.

It’s been a long road for the band, but they’ve learned how to roll with the punches, and that’s found them success, and hopefully a little of that peace that Furstenfeld talked about, too.

“I truly believe we are blessed to still be able to do this for a living,” he said. “And I’m really grateful that we continue to just make honest music from our hearts.”

Blue October will be in concert at Ground Zero in Traverse City on Fri., May 23. For more info, visit groundzeroonline.com or blueoctober.com.

 
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