FluteinD (Eric Ryan)


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Downtown may become home to outdoor fitness center; new central Lawrence trail may open by April

If the point is to put the equipment near the existing playground equipment so parents can exercise while their kids play on the playground, why would they put it on the east side of Mass? Do they want small children to run across a busy street to tell Mom and Dad something? Leave the east side of the park alone - it has more of a traditional green space feel to it than the west side.

March 14, 2014 at 12:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

An update on Menards and other retail and restaurant rumblings

The two El Sols are connected to each other. We ate at the one in Ottawa Saturday (it's excellent), and talking with staff learned about the new Lawrence location. They also said they own Tres Mexicanos as well.

January 30, 2014 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence man, among the few ticketed for Fourth of July fireworks, awaits his day in court

I've vote rescind the fireworks laws...just moved back into town after 19 years away, and I was surprised most fireworks were now banned.

July 13, 2013 at 11:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In search of the best spot to watch Lawrence's Fourth of July fireworks

Agreed...the first part was no big deal, but the second part really was not answerable. These questions are quickly going to get annoying.

July 3, 2013 at 10:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

First to ‘worst’: Lowly TCU stuns Jayhawks

I'm going to put KU's offense on a milk carton. I think I last saw it in December, and that's long enough to warrant a search party.

February 7, 2013 at 6:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

10th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state's approved route of South Lawrence Trafficway through the Baker Wetlands

That's not always true. My mother grew up outside of Booneville, MO. The farm was up in the hills, but whenever the Missouri flooded they used to go down and spear fish in their friends' fields that were flooded. Depending on the length of the flood, they often were able to replant the next season.

July 11, 2012 at 9:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Re-opened mic: After a run-in with the copyright police, Mudstomp Mondays picks up where Pub Sessions left off

Guitarzan - while I agree, in general, that a venue hosting a "band" ought to pay ASCAP or BMI for a license, the entire article is about tradional music sessions.

A trad session (be it Bluegrass, Old Time American Music, Irish or Scottish) is simply a bunch of friends getting together and playing. Often, these sessions occur on porches or at private homes, but when the number of players increases you usually need space. Bars or coffee shops often have dead times when the musicians can come in and play and not negatively impact their routine business. Trad players like such venues - beer and/or coffee are nice to have on hand when playing. They're not paid (that's not the point) and they're not playing to attract a crowd.

It's a musical conversation amongst friends. If people sit and listen, that's great. If people ask questions and eventually start showing up to play and learn the tradition, well, that's what it's really all about - passing on a living musical tradition.

The difference between a true performance and the nature of a trad session is what ASCAP and other licensing organizations do not understand. Plus, they really have no concept of public domain folk music. 97%, as quoted above, is simply not fact. The number of songs and tunes written before intellectual property rights were established far outnumber the number of licensed pieces of music. My guess is that 97% represents the percentage of new music licensed these days.

January 29, 2010 at 2:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Re-opened mic: After a run-in with the copyright police, Mudstomp Mondays picks up where Pub Sessions left off

JWalter - I agree that many arrangements of traditional tunes are under copyright, but there are a large number that are documented to period prior to intellectual property laws and are in the public domain (i.e., O'Neill's Music of Ireland documents hundreds of tunes and songs collected in the field prior to the turn of the 20th century - these are public domain tunes and songs). Bluegrass is a newer tradition, and many more tunes and songs are under copyright in bluegrass than in other "folk" types of traditional music. There are plenty of old type American folk tunes, for example Turkey in the Straw, Soldier's Joy, that are public domain...there certainly are copyright versions, but you cannot copyright the tune itself if you did not write it.

I'm not against ASCAP and BMI enforcing copyright, but there are too many situations, both here and in the UK, where the enforcing agencies have no idea that ANY tune could be in the public domain.

January 28, 2010 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Re-opened mic: After a run-in with the copyright police, Mudstomp Mondays picks up where Pub Sessions left off

I'd be curious to hear just how much small, grass-roots recording artists actually receive each year from ASCAP or BMI. Does each and every artist with a copyright receive a check?

Regardless, there is traditional music out there - music outside the copyright realm - lots of it. Traditional American, Irish and Scottish sessions exist all across the country that play music that is no longer (or never was) held under copyright, yet ASCAP and BMI threaten venues who play such music on a routine basis. In addition, just because a recording artist plays, and copyrights, a certain arrangement of a tradional tune does not mean the tune is removed from public domain...but rather that the particular arrangement of the trad tune is under copyright.

ASCAP will fly out to determine if a location is innocent at the venues expense? ASCAP should have to prove, at their own expense, that someone is violating copyright.

ASCAP and BMI appear to cross the line from enforcement of copyright law to extortion since they allege wrongdoing with no proof any copyright has been violated.

January 28, 2010 at 1:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU’s Self wins AP coach of year

Roy who? I think he was that guy that complained that it was too hard to get recruits good enough to win a championship to come to Kansas...

April 3, 2009 at 7:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )