Artist Reminds Us To ‘Be Thankful’


Next Thursday, for the sixth consecutive year, the good folks at the Elks Lodge in Payson will be hosting the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

More than 35 volunteers will help prepare and serve this holiday meal and 20 more will deliver meals to those who are homebound.

Last year, approximately 500 meals were served. (God bless those on the dish-washing crew!)

Meal times are scheduled for noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets for this delicious Thanksgiving dinner can be picked up at the Elks Lodge, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Senior Center and at two Pine locations — the Pine Senior Center and the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library.

All are invited and there is no cost for the meal. Donations are greatly appreciated.

While many of us associate Thanksgiving with just a day off from work, football games or stuffing ourselves with turkey and all the fixin’s, we should not forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

On this day, we should take the time to be thankful for our family and friends, for our good health and for roofs over our heads. We should feel blessed for abundant sunshine, enough rain to get us by and for food on our tables.

And even if we are not currently experiencing these blessings in our lives, we should still be thankful for the greatest gift that has been given to us — the opportunity to experience life itself.

Yes, each of us has at least something for which to be thankful. And that brings me to this week’s music trivia question, which is: Can you tell me the recording artist who sang the 1977 song “Be Thankful?”

She was born in 1950 and raised in Los Angeles and is the daughter of a famous jazz and pop legend. At the age of 6, she sang on her father’s Christmas album and later began performing professionally at age 11.

This singer, songwriter and performer achieved success in her early career as an R&B star, but smoothly changed her repertoire toward a more pop and jazz-oriented musical style in the early 1990s.

In 1975, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, then went on to win eight more Grammy Awards in her musical career.

From 1975 to 1997, she charted 18 Billboard hits, including eight songs that made the top 20. Three of her most successful hits were “This Will Be” (1975), “Pink Cadillac” (1988) and “Miss You Like Crazy” (1989).

In 1991, she released the beautiful duet, “Unforgettable,” in which her father’s vocals were dubbed in from his 1952 hit of the same name.

Is the recording artist of this week’s Thanksgiving trivia song, “Be Thankful” A) Diana Ross, B) Natalie Cole, C) Gloria Gaynor or D) Adrienne Troutman?

Be caller number five and have the right answer and you’ll win a $25 gift certificate from Chrisy’s Cottage in Swiss Village. Ladies, you can pick from Chrisy’s wonderful selection of designer fashions, jewelry, gifts, cards and soaps. Men, just walk in the door and Chrisy will help you pick out that special Christmas gift for your loved one. Easy as pie!

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: What is the name of the late vocalist and guitar player of the Grateful Dead? Is it A) Jerry Lee Lewis, B) Jerry Reed, C) Jerry Garcia or D) Jerry Atrick?

The correct answer was C) Jerry Garcia.

Congratulations to this past week’s trivia winner, Macie Chernov, who won free admission for two to this past weekend’s Quilt Roundup at the Mazatzal Casino, plus a free quilt bag.

Macie is now a three-time music trivia contest winner. Way to go, Macie! She is in sixth-grade at Rim Country Middle School and is the daughter of Aaron and Teresa Chernov.

With Christmas just around the corner, you may already be agonizing over what to get your loved one this year. (It gets more difficult each year, doesn’t it?)

If your loved one enjoys listening to music, I may be able to help you out this holiday season. Why not surprise him or her with a CD of his or her favorite songs — or favorite singer?

Just give me a holler and we’ll talk about how we can put together a custom CD that will bring your special someone hours and hours of listening pleasure. And don’t forget — grandmas and grandpas enjoy special presents, too.

Lastly, on my Web site listed below, you can see pictures from last weekend’s Rim Country Quilt Roundup. It really was an outstanding show.

See you at the Elks Lodge on Thanksgiving Day!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

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