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Welcome to the first edition of “Making Scale,” a new blog covering current topics in the music industry. In this first edition, we set up a roundtable interview with the editors of four well established online music publications. To discuss current topics in the indie music market.

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Don Tilley is one of the more familiar faces among public servants in Bay County. Most will know him as a veteran member of the Bay County Board of Commissioners, representing primarily the East Side of Bay City. Others simply know him as Mr. Tilley, sociology and economics teacher at Bay City Central High School.

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I’ve run for office a couple times. I lost. Bad. Really bad. I have publicly attributed these loses to the fact that I ran under the banner of a Third Party, but privately I know that I am simply unelectable. Despite my inability to gather many votes, in each case the election process had very positive effects on me. I got to air my opinions in public forums and genuinely felt that my concerns were now part of the public debate.

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The election of Michigan’s Supreme Court is truly an oddity.  Every two years prospective candidates vie for a seat on Michigan’s court of last resort.  This year, two of the seven seats are up for vote, with one spot to serve for a full 8-year term and the second to fill the remaining two years of the term that was vacated in 2013, when then Justice Diane Hathaway was convicted of real estate fraud.

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Practiced in many cultures around the world, America can largely thank our sailors for importing the custom of tattoos when they returned to our shores from exotic locales.   For most of the last century, tattoos were associated – for right or wrong -with the stories of military service or membership in biker or neighborhood gangs.

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If there is one thing we love more than a “rags to riches” story, it’s a “rags to riches to rags” story.  These don’t necessarily have to be tales of economic feast and famine.

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I write Vox Politic for a lot of reasons and high up on the list would be getting people to think and getting people to talk.  From all accounts the last edition of the column did just that.  While people are interested in Right To Work and The Affordable Healthcare Act, it was guns that got them going the most.

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This holiday season sees a new addition to the Bay City festival schedule, as Bustle By The Bay will descend on Wenonah Park from December 6th through the 9th.   Modeled on the “old world” holiday markets of Europe and the East Coast, the festival will include many fun features for all members of the family.

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I guess I have always been kind of a third party guy.  When given a list of choices, it's not unfamiliar territory for me to feel like “None of the Above” would be a better option than anything covered by A thru D.

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The term “productivity” is used a lot when discussing business results.  It's an easy concept to understand when you realize it is reported in some form of output divided by an increment of effort, such as sales divided by wages & benefits.

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The college I attended had an arcane practice in which all freshmen were required to take an RTOC course.  It was an odd requirement for an engineering school, historically born from a loophole that allowed the private school to get a little bit of Federal funding.

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We were saddened to hear of the passing of Kevin McCreery on September 14 from cancer. Many will remember Kevin as a fixture in the regional music scene, as his local bands Mach, Love Jones and Feeding the Machine enjoy “legendary” status to those who followed original music in the area during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Kevin’s bands were regulars at the annual Review Music Awards and within the pages of the magazine.

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Now a fixture in the annual Fall entertainment calendar, The Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival returns to Bay City from 9/28 thru 10/1 for its 12th annual incarnation. Over the years the music portions of the program have grown in stature, both within the event and in the eyes of potential performers. The Festival now enjoys a stellar reputation as a host for independent, original music.

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This year brings a new entry to Bay City’s Fall calendar, with the inaugural MI Made Marketplace Festival. This outdoor event is scheduled to be held September 30 thru October 1, on Washington Avenue & Fifth Street in Downtown Bay City. The event will run from 10 AM to 5 PM each day.

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Gypsy Jazz guitar legend Joscho Stephan comes to Bay City, with a special performance at Arbeitor Hall. The Jim Pagel Trio will open this show, scheduled for 7:00 PM on 9/12.

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