Letters to the Editor

From the week of March 9

Westword has no business reviewing Radio Disney. Stick to your own market and leave a successful station like Radio Disney alone.

Derek Mooneyham
via the Internet

In regard to Michael Roberts's "A Sperm's Tale," in the March 2 issue:

Did we attend the same concert? The harmonizing and amazing guitar rock of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were practically perfect, in my opinion. "Guinevere," "Carry On," "Helplessly Hoping," "Woodstock," "Ohio," "49 Bye-Byes" and "Teach Your Children," among others -- I could not have asked for a better show.

These guys came from a time when music was the center of war, protest and change. They have jammed with legends like Garcia and Hendrix. The '60s may be long gone, but Crosby, Stills, Nash and especially Young are still able to let us relive the music of the days that I unfortunately was not able to experience. (I'm 23.)

As they took the stage at the Pepsi Center, my dad said, "Goddamn, they have gotten old." But damn, they can rock!

My only disappointment was that they didn't play "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" -- and also your ridiculous review.

Michelle Saxon

Thanks for the review of a concert I had no desire to attend. It gave me the best laughs of my weekend. The Big Lebowski? OUCH!

CSN is one of those assemblages that, whenever I hear one of its outdated/tired songs on the radio, I wonder a little bit about the makeup of anyone who sits in a focus group and continues to push the hot button whenever a CSN song is played. (Have these people even heard the old and new material from groups like Los Lobos?) CSN had one strong album -- the first -- and that's IT!

Another sign that boomer pop culture is on the decline is the desperation shown by the thousands who shelled out an obscene amount of money to hear a band that could be on, but no one ever knows when their perfect harmonies will show up.

Pete Simon
via the Internet

The title of Roberts's CSNY piece should read "Wasted Sperm" and should refer to the birth of your writer, who obviously didn't inherit the hereditary "objectivity gene." Great article...not!

Kevin Burchell
via the Internet

Yes, Stephen Stills's full-rock version of "Seen Enough" lacked some of its earlier acoustic punch. And yes, Graham Nash was a bit lost in his own "history." But generally, I don't think Mr. Roberts was at the same show that I went to. If he was, he should have skipped the "bitter bias" pill and thus skipped the proliferation of his uncontrolled and excessive journalistic discharge. He missed the boat on so many items with his litanies that he exposed his sheer ignorance about the totality of rock history. Jeez, guy, get out of it. Nobody likes a pompous pinhead. And gosh, guy, where the heck were you sitting, and who the heck turned your crank to make you have to be so freakin' bitter? Bad hair day? Surely bad some kinda day! It will be interesting to see what Mr. Roberts says after the VH1 special that no doubt will come out.

G. L. White
via the Internet

Many thanks to Michael Paglia for "Dynamic Duo," his wonderful article on Jim and Nan McKinnell in the February 17 issue. They are extraordinary people, and he has captured the things that make them remarkable. Paglia is an exceptional art critic, and we are fortunate to have him.

Kathryn Holt
via the Internet

I want to thank you on behalf of the McKinnell fans in this community. The unbelievably thorough article that Michael Paglia wrote about these two very special Colorado artists, who have touched so many people, is very much appreciated. The recognition and historical perspective he shares bring smiles to so many who know them. Jim and Nan will always be remembered and loved for their monumental contribution to the ceramic and art community, but most important is how they share and care for all those who have the good fortune know them.

Meryl Howell
via the Internet

Thank you for Robin Chotzinoff's first-rate "Curtains!" in the February 24 issue. Down through the years, I had the pleasure of treading the boards at the Changing Scene on numerous occasions, and thanks to Al Brooks, I got to direct a 21-character, one-act play on that tiny stage.

Handing me the script, Al said, "I have no idea how this can be done, and I'm looking forward to seeing it!"

A lot of genuinely talented people worked there, and everyone was treated like family by Al and Maxine. It was also fun to go back and watch others work, and I remember one play in particular that could have been performed anywhere: Au Revoir, Mirabeau. On that occasion, at least, Al had a hit on his hands and would have loved to extend the run, but every cast member was committed elsewhere immediately after the standard three-week run ended.

It's great news that the posters will be saved and properly displayed. Al took great pleasure in putting them up the morning after a play's run would end, and they're a significant part of Denver's theater history.

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