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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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