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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...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

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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Michael‘s on Fire

Kristi Kates - July 18th, 2011
Michael’s On Fire
By Kristi Kates
“When I was young, the guitar represented a new way of life that you couldn’t really learn in school,” explains the California guitarist/vocalist/songwriter known simply as Michael On Fire. “It was portrayed as a symbol of freedom - a weapon of the young rebellious spirit that was called rock and roll,” he says.
By the time Michael On Fire was of age, as he explains it, musicians like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Muddy Waters had “gotten into the fabric of society,” and it was only a very short matter of time before Michael On Fire was - well, on fire for music. From that point on, no other career would do.

WAY OF LIFE
“As a kid, it seemed like a great way to make a living as portrayed on TV and the radio,” he says, “and as soon as I started playing, I started to discover the roots of American music, and it was very natural to me.”
Michael on Fire’s musical skills wouldn’t lead him to a hobby, but to a “way of life,” he says - “I have been on the road for four decades, traveling every part of the country and the world playing music for a living.”
Influenced by “all good music from every era and genre,” Michael on Fire is irrepressibly positive in his approach to his craft, which he sees as a vehicle for a kind of musical “good work” that he hopes will help encourage a more peaceful world of affirmations, soulful sincerity, and sharing.
“The theme of all of my music has always been the same,” he explains. “Self-awareness, self-healing, and striving to find the common emotions that we all can relate to as humans. The common thread is the roots of American music - the blues, country, rock and roll, and folk music, borrowing from all genres in the most simple way using guitars, fiddles, banjo, piano, organ, drums, harmonica, and beautiful melodies and harmonies.”

NOVI TO LONDON
All of those musical elements were brought together for Michael on Fire’s latest album, which was recorded in November/December of last year.
“It was recorded at Real Sound in Novi, Michigan, and at Black Box Sound in Atescadero, California,” Michael on Fire says, “it is my latest studio album, and has been on the National American Music Charts for 20 weeks.”
Michael on Fire took tunes from that same album to England for the past two weeks, where he recorded a performance at The Live Room in Palmers Green in North London, a performance that he says is slated to be mixed and then potentially released as a Michael On Fire Live in London CD album.
“It was all improvised, with me singing my songs and the Irish players doing what they do,” he says, “Americana (music) mixed with traditional Irish sensibilities. I think we got some worthwhile music out of it.”

MICHIGAN SHOWS
Michael on Fire will be bringing his sound to Northern Michigan for a trio of shows beginning July 20; he’ll follow his MI dates with a show at The Ark in Ann Arbor, and then it’s on to Texas, Colorado, and California, with a European tour in the planning stages.
“We will be coming through the Northern Michigan stretch of the tour with a four piece band,” he says, “myself on guitars and maybe piano; the great English guitarist Ced Curtis, who comes from the same lineage as the great Peter Green and Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler; California/New Orleans bassist Jack Joshua; and Tompeet from Santa Barbara, California on drums.”
Michael on Fire is keeping his positive attitude with an eye towards these upcoming shows, as well, as he looks to win over new fans - even if his style of music may not be your style of music.
“Whether or not (my music) is your taste,” he says, “I can guarantee that it will be presented from the heart of these wonderful players.”

Michael on Fire will be performing live at the Glen Arbor Music Festival on Wednesday, July 20; at the InsideOut Gallery in TC on Friday, July 22; and at the Elk Rapids Town Hall on Saturday, July 23.
 
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