Bands and musicians

Bios and stories about the artists we feature

FTV: Keyboard Players Part 1

    Drummers and bass players always appreciate each other because they are the foundation in most bands.  Without any disrespect to the four and six string guitar slingers out there, I have also always enjoyed my encounters with keyboard players.  My fascination with keyboards may be rooted in my abandonment of piano for the drums way […]

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FTV: Characters

   What qualifies as a ‘character’?  We all have character, so technically, the term applies to anybody.  For the purposes of this article, we will define a ‘character’ as someone with some unique trait or traits that make them, for lack of a more appropriate description, memorable.  Naturally, this could open the door to a list […]

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From the Vaults: Booker T. Jones

   National Public Radio has a series called ‘Tiny Desk Concerts’ posted on the internet and they are a source of some interesting insights into musicians from a broad spectrum of genres.  The concept is a bit strange:  invite a musician to perform in an office and film it as a live,  interactive interview.  I first […]

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FTV: Rats, I missed it!

There was a twenty year window that opened around 1965 when a lot of great,  nationally known bands made their way to Marquette.  Living as I did across the street from the Northern Michigan University campus and within sight of Hedgecock Fieldhouse (where most concerts were held before Lakeview Arena was built), all I had […]

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FTV: KISS

     It is a great philosophy:  K.I.S.S.   Engineers use it.   Mechanics use it.  Mathematicians use it.  Even coaches use it.  Keep It Simple, Stupid.  It is a self admonishment to anyone trying to solve a complex problem or fix a broken widget that (usually) the simplest solution is (usually) the best solution.  Oh, we […]

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FTV: Leaving Orbit

    I will give you fair warning – this installment of FTV will not be about music.  It is about a book, and I will further warn you that it is not a book about music, musicians, or MTV.  This isn’t a book review, either.   It is more of a commentary on the topic […]

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FTV: The Huron Mountain Years

   Multitasking isn’t something that arrived with the computer age.  In the old days, multitasking wasn’t something you could do sitting in one place with the digital platform of your choice in front of you.  No, in the old days, multitasking usually involved frequent relocation from one jobsite to another.     There was a two year period […]

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