“Fall softly snow,
with purest white.
Fall softly snow,
Everything is holy
Gosh, doesn’t it seem like it’s awfully early in the season to be getting all this white, fluffy stuff on the ground?
I know many of us moved to Arizona to get away from the slipping and sliding of the harsh winters back home, but then on the other hand, the softly falling snow we’ve had this past week certainly has been pretty to see. And one look at the white-capped Mazatzal peaks and snow-covered Rim can’t help but take your breath away.
I think one of the prettiest songs that’s been written about snow is “Fall Softly Snow,” a cross-over hit from the late 1970s. It tells the tale of Christmas Eve, the wise men’s journey to the manger in Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus Christ.
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the male-female duet who sang “Fall Softly Snow?”
This twosome had a string of hits from 1976 to 1981, recording 13 songs that made it onto Billboard’s country chart, including their Top 10 hits “Lying In Love With You,” and “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye” plus their number one hit “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You.”
Is this “Fall Softly Snow” duet A) George Jones and Tammy Wynette, B) Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius C) Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn or D) Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez?
This week, if you are the fifth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a $20 dollar gift certificate to the Ayothaya Thai Cafe — a nice place to treat someone special.
Now, let’s check out last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the artist who recorded the 1957 hit “Wonderful, Wonderful?” Is this pop balladeer A) Brook Benton, B) Tommy Edwards, C) Johnny Mathis or D) Bill Cosby?
The correct answer was Johnny Mathis. R&B singer Brook Benton is perhaps best know for his 1961 song “The Boll Weevil Song.”
Adult contemporary singer Tommy Edwards is probably best remembered for his smash 1958 number one hit “It’s All In The Game” (the melody written in 1912 by then U.S. Vice President Charles Dawes). Comedian/actor Bill Cosby was the star of the 1980s hit TV program “The Cosby Show.”
Congratulations to this past week’s first-time trivia winner, Ed Blair, who won a $15 gift certificate to the Crosswinds Restaurant — one of Ed’s favorite places to take his many out-of-town guests.
A little about Ed. He was born in Sawk Centre, Minn. and except for living a brief three years during his youth in South Dakota, has called Minnesota his home.
After high school, Ed left his home in Worthington, the “Turkey Capital of the World,” and gobbled his way on over to Gustavus Adolphus College, where on his very first day on campus met Karyl, who “won me over.” The two have been married for 46 years.
Ed spent all of his adult life as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota.
With lots of time on his hands after he retired from the ministry, Ed convinced Karyl that by heading south to Arizona, he would be able to enjoy golf, his avocational passion, 12 months of the year.
They almost settled in Tucson, but Karyl insisted that she “needed more trees.” The Blairs rolled into Payson in their Ryder Rental truck on Oct. 25, 2002 (exactly two weeks after I pulled my Penske truck rental into town.)
In addition to being a very active town council member, Ed now enjoys volunteering for the Relay for Life, the Blood Bank, the Payson Area Food Drive and Amnesty International.
He and Karyl are members of Mount Cross Lutheran Church, where Ed occasionally preaches.
Ed’s favorite music is the “Golden Oldies of the ’50s and ’60s” and he says his favorite artists are Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Perry Como and Dean Martin.
Lastly, new pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last weekend’s Michael Fucci-Keri Towers wedding and reception. Nearly 100 friends and family members gathered at the Mazatzal Casino to celebrate the couple’s commitment. Michael is the son of Lee and Janie Fucci of Payson.
Have a great week!