Letters to the Editor

From the week of December 8, 2005

Let There Be Lights

The clause that refreshes: Regarding Kenny Be's "Jesus Clause," on the cover of the December 1 issue:

It was wonderful to see Kenny Be's Worst-Case scenario back in Westword. I applaud his poking fun at the Parade of Lights organizers. The Downtown Denver Partnership caved in on its principles. The Parade of Lights was never about Jesus or Christianity; it always had a primary purpose of attracting metro residents to downtown Denver so they could be encouraged to go shopping. The DDP never hid that fact.

Those Christian organizations that clamored in 2004 for a more religiously themed parade -- with a huge assist from an editorial-page editor who sees conspiracies everywhere against poor, defenseless, powerless, marginalized American Christians -- always had an option: They could have started their own parade rather than hijacking someone else's. But that would have required hard work.

It is sanctimonious hypocrisy for certain Christian groups to argue that they have a First Amendment right to exclude anyone they please who does not fit the theme of their parades (such as the Boston and New York St. Patrick's Day parades) while denying organizers of other parades the same First Amendment right by threatening lawsuits and bullying their way into parades whose organizers don't want them.

Peter Gross
Denver


Smug Shot

Something funny's going on here: Say it ain't so. Damn you, Patricia Calhoun, and your Western urban smugness. What have you done with What's So Funny? Please tell me that Dirt isn't the only rag in town interested in the twenty- and thirty-something demographic.

Richard Saulker
Boulder

Editor's note: Don't get your Pull-Ups in a twist, Master Saulker. After a one-week break, What's So Funny? is back.


News (Hot) Flash

Ch-ch-changes: Regarding Adam Cayton-Holland's "Mom's Away," in the November 17 issue:

Why did no one think this woman might be starting the "change of life"? Ask people who've started the change: They feel they are no longer women (able to reproduce). Surely someone in your organization would/could choose to verify rather than judge.

J.F. Tucker
Littleton


DJ or the Highway

That's entertainment: After reading Dave Herrera's reviews of DJs' performances and their parties so many times, it was pleasing to follow his experiences as he crossed over to the role of "entertainer" (Beatdown, December 1). Although I would tend to agree with him that the "masses" seem to want familiarity when they hit the dance floor, I still believe it has a lot more to do with programming and mixing.

During my fourteen years of deejaying in Denver, I certainly have never played it safe when it comes to track selection. In fact, I think how you play and what you play is very much a signature. I've been told numerous times over the years that people can always tell when I'm deejaying versus my colleagues, because the music is always so different. That said, I rarely have a hard time rocking the dance floor. And I play many tracks by local bands that Herrera mentioned in his column, including the Swayback and the Photo Atlas, and regularly receive kudos as well as enthusiasm from hipsters who recognize our homegrown talent.

I applaud Herrera's adventurous spirit in wanting to push what he recognizes as good music in his DJ set. I also feel that pandering to a crowd instead of leading it can only go so far if we hope to keep bringing Denver fresh experiences and also lead the way for upcoming DJs. It is indeed a great role to be a "rock star" DJ, but it's an even greater role to inform and stimulate.

Peter Black
Denver

Hip tip: Has Dave Herrera considered the distinct possibility that the bottom's falling out of wack-ass hipsterism? "Are You With Me" is straight-up sexy, and anyone's refusal to get into it says a lot more about them than it does about Herrera or Vaux. I'd think the fact that he felt he had to bail with "Cherry Pie" and that "Melt With You" moved a crowd says volumes: The haircuts like to big-up sincerity but trade in irony.

The next time the hipsters don't move, just throw on a stoner-metal megamix, crank the volume to something ear-splitting and let them deal with it.

John Zwick
Denver

Lip service: I did not attend Lipgloss last week, but I heard that local bands were played. I was disappointed I missed it, and now I'm even more disappointed that there was little crowd reaction to Dave Herrera's set. Up until a month ago, I was a regular at Lipgloss and also attended shows (especially local ones) at least twice a week. While Lipgloss can be a lot of fun at times, it does tend to get stuck in a routine that can be recognized every week. Denver has some great local bands and too many DJs overlook the talent our city has to offer.

I just wanted to let Dave know that had I been there, I would have been on the floor dancing, and overjoyed to hear some of my favorite music -- especially the Photo Atlas, the Swayback and Hot IQs. I must say, though, had Dave deejayed at the hi-dive, Sputnik or even Bender's, I think the crowd reception would have been quite different. But then again, that's where all the locals hang out on a regular basis.

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