As my daddy used to tell me, “Son, life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.”
Daddy, you were right. Where did 2009 go? It just seemed like it just spun off the roll.
But, looking back at the year, even though it went like a flash, there was much of note in the world of music.
Sadly, there was the passing away of Les Paul, an innovator in electric guitar and multi-track recordings, singer Mary Travers of the 1960s folk group, Peter Paul & Mary and the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson.
Ascending through the pearly gates of twang were country singers Hank Locklin, Vern Gosdin and Dan Seals.
As always, this past year saw tons of new talent burst onto the music scene, with two “Lady” artists causing the biggest stir.
The extremely talented and eccentric Lady Gaga dominated the pop music charts with her hits, “Let’s Dance,” “Poker Face” and her current top 10 hit “Bad Romance” (the video will certainly open your eyes).
The music trio, Lady Antebellum, claimed Billboard’s country music song-of-the-year with its summer hit “I Run To You.”
One of the music industry’s highest honors is to win Billboard Magazine’s overall Artist of the Year award.
This week’s music trivia question is: What artist earned Billboard’s Top Artist of 2009?
This singer/songwriter/guitarist and novice actress was born in Wyomissing, Pa. When she was in fourth-grade, she won a national poetry contest with a three-page poem entitled “Monster In My Closet.”
She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11. The following year, she began practicing the guitar several hours each day, modeling her early songwriting attempts after crossover artists like Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks.
This singer was everywhere you turned in 2009. From country to pop radio to Saturday Night Live, her popularity reached a height not seen in the format since Garth Brooks. She stole a page from Brooks’ formula for success by treating everyone around her — from label head Scott Borchetta to the 15-year-old who bought “Fearless” — like a million bucks.
In November of this year, this gregarious artist made history by becoming the first teenage “Entertainer of the Year” from the CMA.
Is Billboard’s 2009 Artist of the Year: A) Carrie Underwood, B) Beyonce, C) Taylor Swift or D) Gail Gorry?
Be lucky caller number four and have the right answer and you’ll win a CD of this artist’s top hits, plus a complimentary massage, courtesy of Margaret at the Payson Day Spa on Highway 260. What a great way to get your body back into shape after all that dancing on New Year’s Eve.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: In the song “Frosty the Snowman,” what does Frosty have for a nose?
Is it a A) carrot, B) lump of coal, C) button or D) Winchester 44 magnum shotgun shell?
The correct answer was a button.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Mike Leigh, who becomes a three-time music trivia winner.
For being our year-end winner, Mike won complimentary, overnight lodging on New Year’s Eve in one of the beautiful cabins at Happy Jack Lodge.
When Mike called in with his answer, he told me he was still wondering what he was going to do on New Year’s Eve. He was really excited to learn he didn’t have to think about that anymore.
If you still haven’t made plans for cheering in the New Year, you just might want to make the scenic drive up to Happy Jack Lodge, where you can join Mike and me in ushering in 2010. I’ll be entertaining from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Lastly, I would like to express my year-end appreciation to Tiffany King, who is a staff worker in representative Ann Kirkpatrick’s Casa Grande office.
Last July, I sent in a petition for a fiancee visa, so that Ann would be able to join me in marriage here in Payson.
After five-and-a-half months of waiting and hearing nothing back from the visa application center in California (their policy is essentially — don’t call us, we’ll call you), I called Ms. Kirkpatrick’s office to ask for assistance.
Two short day’s after my call for help, I received an e-mail from Ms. King stating that my application had been approved.
Yes, there really is a Santa Claus!
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