Teen musical phenom Eli Catlin plays,...

Teen musical phenom Eli Catlin plays, sings like a pro, and hea...

There are 10 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Dec 23, 2009, titled Teen musical phenom Eli Catlin plays, sings like a pro, and hea.... In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Eli Catlin plays the blues in his Williamstown basement on Tuesday. At 14, Eli can play Mississippi Delta blues from the 1920s and Chicago blues from the 1950s on the guitar, mandolin and harmonica.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Berkshire Eagle.

Perplexed

Northville, NY

#1 Dec 23, 2009
This is a very interesting article about a talented adolescent in North County. I fail to understand, however, why this is front page news in the Eagle. I thought the 413 section is where the Eagle shines the light on local talent.
Golf clap

Northampton, MA

#2 Dec 23, 2009
For the past six years, since the advent of Tim Farkas, The Eagle has from time to time been putting wildly inappropriate 'news' on the front page.

Surely you recall the in-depth coverage of some kid's orthodontia? Or the THREE James Taylor love-fests (in the same six years.) Or 2008's 'baby Obama' story about some kid who supposedly looks just like then-candidate Obama, posed with an autographed photo, no less.

Pulitzer material, right?
Cincinnatus

Chicopee, MA

#3 Dec 23, 2009
Sorry, but he's not that good - give him credit for focusing on a great music tradition though.

Since: Aug 08

Pittsfield

#4 Dec 23, 2009
Who cares where it is printed- this is a joyous peice of news in a troubled time.
Golf clap

Northampton, MA

#5 Dec 23, 2009
Cincinnatus wrote:
Sorry, but he's not that good - give him credit for focusing on a great music tradition though.
He'll be better when his voice finishes changing.
the scoop

Warwick, MA

#6 Dec 23, 2009
Legal 1 wrote:
Who cares where it is printed- this is a joyous peice of news in a troubled time.
Yes and no. What you say about the upbeat nature of the article is true. But as "perplexed" (in post #1) points out so well, the front page of a "news" paper is normally used for actual news rather than feel-good social stuff.

For instance, a couple weeks ago I was walking through a tunnel in NYC to get my subway connection, and there was a guy playing a mean sax. I threw a buck in his instrument case- he was that good. But that doesn't mean the Times should run it on the front page, does it?

Before the Millers decided on the disastrous upgrade which eventually caused them to sell out to the MediaNews Group, the Eagle was a top-notch newspaper. It isn't worth the paper it's printed on any more, and that is a damn shame.

You do realize how the Eagle keeps winning awards for its "excellence," don't you? MediaNews owns half the damn papers around here, and just keeps kissing its own arse.
Perplexed

Northville, NY

#7 Dec 23, 2009
the scoop wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes and no. What you say about the upbeat nature of the article is true. But as "perplexed" (in post #1) points out so well, the front page of a "news" paper is normally used for actual news rather than feel-good social stuff.
For instance, a couple weeks ago I was walking through a tunnel in NYC to get my subway connection, and there was a guy playing a mean sax. I threw a buck in his instrument case- he was that good. But that doesn't mean the Times should run it on the front page, does it?
Before the Millers decided on the disastrous upgrade which eventually caused them to sell out to the MediaNews Group, the Eagle was a top-notch newspaper. It isn't worth the paper it's printed on any more, and that is a damn shame.
You do realize how the Eagle keeps winning awards for its "excellence," don't you? MediaNews owns half the damn papers around here, and just keeps kissing its own arse.
I agree as well to the poor reporting quality of the Eagle since the Millers sold out. Just a couple weeks ago there was a full Sanday front page article on a Dalton girl who tore her ACL. Why? Could it be the Eagle is trying to attract advertising revenue from the subjects' parents?
Golf clap

Northampton, MA

#9 Dec 23, 2009
the scoop wrote:
<quoted text>
You do realize how the Eagle keeps winning awards for its "excellence," don't you? MediaNews owns half the damn papers around here, and just keeps kissing its own arse.
Well, not exactly. The Eagle has some good writers, some decent writers and some poor writers. Jack Dew (gone now) and Chris Carlson are good writers, Ben De La Mater and Scott Stafford are decent writers (Ben has improved since he started,) Trevor Jones and Conor Berry just don't get it. Much the same applies among the page editors. and the columnists.
If you look closely at the awards you'll see the same names popping up. The folks behind those names are keeping The Eagle afloat. I wish The Eagle had more like them, and fewer like Berry and Jones.
Amy

Milford, MA

#10 Dec 24, 2009
Eli, you're amazing. Congrats on the article and keep playing!

Since: Aug 08

Pittsfield

#11 Dec 24, 2009
Amy wrote:
Eli, you're amazing. Congrats on the article and keep playing!
Ditto

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

B.B. King Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News International Burger Chain To Join Highland Strip Sep '16 yeah 3
News Julian Pavone, "The World's Youngest Drummer!",... (Oct '07) Sep '16 christa 26
News Jon Bon Jovi performs at the Jon Bon Jovi & Ken... (Sep '15) Sep '15 BJ Fan 4
News Jack Weatherly: Standing in the sun and rain to... (Jul '15) Jul '15 Will Dockery 1
News Funeral for B.B. King held in Mississippi Delta... (May '15) Jul '15 The Stealth 2
News Protesters gather at Phoenix mosque under close... (May '15) Jun '15 Athena18 269
News Hundreds gather for BB King funeral (Jun '15) Jun '15 Halle Berry Sister 3
More from around the web