Life is often described as a roller coaster. Seldom a smooth, even ride; it’s more often than not, a decades-long journey that features tremendous highs, then turns around and smacks us upside the head with God-awful lows.
It’s during life’s really low times that we sometimes wonder if we’re ever going to take the turn upward again. without the help of others, we just might remain stuck at the bottom for a long, long time.
We are fortunate to have professional organizations that specialize in helping people who are stuck at the bottom and who on their own aren’t able to push their coaster car back up the track again.
We’re lucky in the Payson area that there are so many caring individuals and agencies here for us when we’re stuck at the bottom.
One of those organizations is the Time Out Shelter, a local agency dedicated to helping people climb out of the cycle of abuse and work their way back to the top.
Last Sunday, the Time Out Shelter board and staff honored its 80 volunteers with awards and a great meal at the Oxbow Saloon.
It has always been the hope of everyone associated with Time Out, that one day, every person who comes through its doors will be able to say that With a Little Help from My Friends I was able to make it on my own.
In 1967, the song “With a Little Help from My Friends” appeared on the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” album, then covered the next year by this week’s music trivia artist.
After starting out as an unsuccessful pop singer (working under the name Vance Arnold), this vocalist found his niche singing rock and soul in the pubs of England with his superb backing group, the Grease Band. He hit No. 1 in the U.K. in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles’ “A Little Help from My Friends,” which later would earn status as both a Grammy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame single.
His career really took off after he sang at the Woodstock festival in August 1969. In the early 1970s, his popularity skyrocketed in the United States with the hits “Delta Lady,” “Cry Me A River” and “You Are So Beautiful,” a still popular romantic love song, which peaked at No. 5 on Billboard’s chart.
With Jennifer Warnes in 1989, this English artist finally earned a No. 1 hit with “Up Where We Belong,” which was the love theme from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
Is this “With a Little Help from My Friends” singer A) Elton John; B) Joe Cocker; C) Rod Stewart; or D) Ken Maloney?
This week, if you are the fifth caller with the correct answer, you’ll win a complimentary hair highlight from Merlinda’s Hair Salon, courtesy of stylist Ann Loveridge.
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question. Which of the following songs was NOT a major hit for Elvis Presley and (was) definitely not part of this weekend’s PHS musical “All Shook Up”? A) Don’t Be Cruel; B) Peggy Sue; C) Heartbreak Hotel; or D) Can’t Help Falling In Love
The correct answer was Peggy Sue, which was a Grammy and Hall of Fame hit for Buddy Holly in 1957.
Congratulations to this past week’s second time music trivia winner, Gil Gabalbon, who won two complimentary tickets to “All Shook Up,” Payson High School’s spring musical and an Elvis Presley Greatest Hits CD.
A few final notes
New pictures I’ve added to my Web site are from this past Sunday’s Time Out volunteer appreciation luncheon at the Oxbow Saloon.
Did you know that the Humane Society of Central Arizona has moved its thrift store across the street and now shares the building with the Payson Woman’s Club on Main Street? Its grand opening is this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please stop by and support their new location.
And wasn’t that a wonderful “All Shook Up” Payson High School spring musical this past weekend? The cast, prop crew and pit all did a tremendous job.
Have a great week!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com