If you have ever considered becoming a mentor in our local Big Brother Big Sisters program, I wish you would have been at the organization’s annual winter party last week.
More than 100 men, women and children crammed into the fellowship hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to enjoy homemade chili and hot chocolate, decorate cookies, play games and dance.
If you could have seen the smiles on the faces of the “little brothers and sisters,” I have a feeling you wouldn’t be able to resist signing up to become a “big” in this great program. (You can see those endearing and infectious smiles by visiting my Web site listed below.)
Think you’re too old to be a big brother or sister? Think again! Many of us “bigs” in the program are sporting various shades of gray and silver in our hair. No problem! We just refer to ourselves as “big grandpas and big grandmas.” Please give me a call if you’d like more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Now, let’s get to this week’s music trivia question: Can you name the pop-rock singer/guitarist/prolific composer who sang the 1970 hit, “He Ain’t Heavy ... He’s My Brother”?
From 1966-1986, this Brooklyn born and raised artist charted 53 Billboard hits, 21 of which peaked in the top 10 and three at No. 1 — “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue” and his beautiful duet with Barbra Streisand, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”
As a songwriter, he wrote for The Monkees TV show, penned the score for the movie, “Jonathon Livingston Seagull” and starred in and composed the music for the “Jazz Singer.”
In all my years of DJing, I have met only one woman who either did not love this charismatic artist or his music. And it seems most men dig him, too.
Next Friday night, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, the Tonto Community Concert Association will honor this amazing artist with a two-hour performance.
Is the artist: A) John Denver, B) Neil Diamond, C) Lionel Richie or D) Dick Wolfe?
If you’re caller number four and have the right answer, you’ll win two complimentary tickets (a $60 value!) to the Feb. 29 concert honoring this internationally renowned artist. You’ll also win a CD that I’ve put together of this artist’s top hits.
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Which pop singer, with her 2005 hit, “We Belong Together,” earned Billboard’s Top Song of the Decade (2000-2009) award?
A) Janet Jackson, B) Christina Aguilera, C) Mariah Carey or D) Carol McFarland?
The correct answer was Mariah Carey. Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera also had several No. 1 hits in the early 2000s. Carol McFarland is the helpful and gregarious receptionist at the Payson Roundup.
Congratulations to this past week’s trivia winner, Alana Wallace, who won a Best of Mariah Carey CD, which includes all 18 of Mariah’s No. 1 hits.
A little about this week’s winner: Alana was born in Oak Park, Ill. and grew up in nearby Mt. Prospect. (About 30 minutes from my old stomping ground.)
Immediately following graduation from high school, she moved to Tucson, where she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. She later received her master’s degree from ASU in Tempe.
Alana was introduced to her husband, Craig, by his sister. Two months after their first date, he proposed and a quick three months later they tied the knot. They have two adult children and are excitedly expecting their first two grandchildren this summer.
Alana and Craig moved to Payson 16 years ago from Page. Alana told me that she truly believes God led them to Payson.
For the first six years that the couple lived here, they owned and operated the Christian Bookstore on the Beeline Highway. Now, Alana is a private music teacher and travel agent, running both businesses from studios in her home. (If you’re looking for either of these services, please give her a call at 472-7689.)
In her spare time, Alana enjoys teaching Bible study and playing in the praise worship band at her church, Mountain Bible. She is also a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program here in town.
As for her musical interests, she says she enjoys all music, except hip hop and rap. Her three favorite artists are Christian singer Chris Tomlin; jazz musician Louie Bellson and the rock group Heart.
I hope to see you at next week’s concert — it’s going to rock the house down!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com