I think it would be hard to argue that a good percentage of America’s pop and country music that has been produced over the years has something to do with “L-O-V-E.” It seems that in song, either someone is falling into love, is currently in love, or sadly, has fallen out of love or is cheatin’ on love.
Of course, the concept of love is certainly not restricted to the emotion a person feels for an intimate partner. One can be like Eddie Rabbitt and love a rainy night; or like Glen Campbell and love his truck; or like Joan Jett and love Rock ’n’ Roll; or like Ray Nobel and love Paris in the springtime. Yes, a person can love just about anything!
But with St. Valentine’s Day just around the corner, our thoughts naturally turn to “romantic” love — if we are fortunate enough to have a special someone in our lives.
Feb. 14 is annually the day for those who are “in love” to give or receive flowers, candy, cards and/or jewelry. It’s estimated that 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards will be sent worldwide this year and the day will generate an estimated $15 billion in retail sales in the United States alone!
This week’s music trivia question is taken from Nat King Cole’s 1981 lighthearted, upbeat song of romance, “L-O-V-E,” a whimsical jingle he sings to the female object of his affection.
In his song “L-O-V-E,” Cole sings that “L” is for the way you LOOK at me, “O” is for the ONLY one I see, and “V” is VERY, VERY extraordinary.
This week’s trivia question is: What does the letter “E” stand for in Cole’s song? Is it A) “is EVEN more than anyone that you adore,” B) “is EVERY man’s desire for you,” C) “is always and EVER you, my darling” or D) “is my love for you and you alone, ETHEL Mae.”
If you’re caller number seven this week and have the right answer, you’ll win your choice of two “Valentine’s Day timely” love songs CDs — “50 Years of Love Songs,” featuring the top love songs of the last half-century or “Country Love Songs,” a collection of rural America’s favorite romantic hits.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the artist of Ray Baxter’s favorite doo-wop hit, “I Wonder Why?” (Ray is this weekend’s presenter of “The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Uptown Espresso.)
Was this doo-wop group A) Little Anthony and the Imperials, B) Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, C) Dion and the Belmonts or D) Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen?
The correct answer was Dion and the Belmonts.
Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Carolyn Werner, who won two tickets to this Saturday’s “The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll” presentation at Uptown Espresso — which benefits Rim Country Literacy.
A little about Carolyn: She was born in Dodgeville, Wis. and finished high school in nearby Janesville. She completed her undergraduate degree in social work from University of Wisconsin.
For six years in the 1980s, Jane lived in Saudi Arabia. In 2000, she moved from Sudusky, Ohio to Payson to be closer to her aunt and accept a job with the State of Arizona’s Child Protective Services. She is now retired and has a son, Elijah, who attends Rim Country Middle School.
Jane’s interests include reading, antiques, attending the Spiritual Awareness Center and enthusiastically participating in the Payson Writers Club — open to all aspiring writers each Monday at 5 p.m. at Tiny’s Restaurant. And, bless her heart, she has also been a foster parent for the past 15 years.
Rock ’n’ roll, R&B and classical are three of Jane’s favorite types of music. She puts Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Michael Jackson at the top of her favorite artist list.
Lastly, new pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from this past Wednesday’s Hashknife Pony Express event at the Payson post office. It was fun to see the excitement on the faces of the children on hand as they received their autographed bandanas from the horseback Pony Express riders.
And congratulations to all the elementary school Hashknife coloring contest winners!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com