"The fog comes on...."

January 6 is the birthday of poet, journalist, children's writer and biographer, Carl Sandburg. Born to Swedish immigrants in 1878 in a three room shack in Galeburg, Illinois, Sandburg was the quintessential Midwesterner. He stayed in the heartland, writing about his beloved Lincoln, the slaughter houses of Chicago and the whimsical characters of his Rootabaga Stories. Sandburg wrote what he knew from personal experience having dropped out of school in eighth grade, taken on odd jobs and traveled with hobos and tramps across the country.

Who can forget his wonderfully gravelly voice, shock of white hair and his image of fog in a poem of the same name:

"The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on."

The Play Ground

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Oh man, The Chieftains are back in Ann Arbor after 5 long years of having to make due with just their CDs. They have been playing together for 43 years and have greatly contibuted to the wide appeal of Celtic music. They have received six Grammy Awards and this program will feature some of the group's greatest hits. As usual, there will be special guests appearing with them in concert. Hill Auditorium, Sunday January 21, 4pm.

Of Mice and Rats

Are you looking for a good book to listen to with your family on your next car trip? I suggest Redwall by Brian Jacques. The story is about a young mouse Matthias, who becomes the hero of Redwall Abbey when it is attacked by Cluny the Scourge.

The Play Ground

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The Play Ground loves the funky music of the Chenille Sisters and we will be glad to ring in the new year singing along with them. Nationally renowned, our local trio of singer-songwriters Cheryl Dawdy, Connie Huber, and Grace Morand is known for its "unbeatable combination of breathtakingly precise and resonant vocal harmonies, a comic wit that's both corny and subversive, and a delightfully eclectic repertoire of original songs mixed with jazz, swing, folk, and blues standards." The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 (includes champagne & party favors.) 10 p.m.

Eddie Murphy sings more songs than Beyonce!

Looking for something to do after opening all those gifts? Check out Dreamgirls, the story of a female singing trio modeled after the Motown girl groups of the 1960s. In Dreamgirls, The Dreamettes try to sing their way to stardom at the famous Apollo Theater.

The movie opens Monday, December 25th at the Michigan Theater. With stellar performances by Eddie Murphy, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson, the movie already has Oscar and Golden Globe written all over it. I for one just wanna hear Eddie sing again. (‘80s Flashback: "My girl wants to party all the time, party all the time, party all the time!”) The Michigan Theater guarantees seating and will also sponsor a special appearance by Motown legend, Martha Reeves. Reeves was lead singer of the girl group Martha and the Vandellas and also enjoyed success as a solo artist.

Ciara's The Evolution at Number One

Remember Goodies by Ciara in 2004 and how hot that was. Do you think The Evolution will be just as hot as it enters this week at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart?

Did you see Idlewild?

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As far as the not-so-new-anymore Outkast movie, Idlewild goes, some loved it... some hated it...

Oh well, at the least both sides seem to agree that the soundtrack is on point... so check it out!

Listen Local

It’s important to shop local, but we also can listen local, to holiday CDs including In the Christmas Spirit by the Ann Arbor-based Chenille Sisters, or A Boychoir Christmas: Dancing Day by the Boychoir of Ann Arbor. If you get stuck in holiday traffic, just pop of one of these into your CD player and sing away!

Jay-Z knocks us to Kingdom Come

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So... Jay-Z is retired... right... just like Jordan was...

Anyway, check out Jay-Z in his seventh solo album, Kingdom Come. It was just released around Thanksgiving and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

Let's see if it even comes close to The Black Album...

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