Politics Got You Down? Turn To Music

Cast members of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast” performed the fairy tale production last weekend as part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre.

Cast members of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast” performed the fairy tale production last weekend as part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre.


“Do unto others as you would have them to unto you.” — God

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” — Your mom (and mine)

Apparently, as evidenced by the “I support this message” political candidate ads that are again saturating TV commercial time, our beloved candidates have either never heard God’s edict or their mother’s advice — or they have simply elected to ignore both.

“He’s a liar.” “He’s a cheat.” “He’s hired illegal immigrants.” “He can’t be trusted.”

Certainly not nice things to say about your opponent.

I think the worst political campaign message I’ve heard this go-around can be attributed to a young politician with the initials B.Q., who stated in his ad, “I said before that Barack Obama is the worst president in history... somebody has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place.”

As I was trying to stomach my way through B.Q.’s derogatory message and creepy demeanor, I found myself becoming overwhelmed by the haunting feeling that I was watching character Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 mystery/murder film, “Psycho.”

Definitely a spooky ad — and shame on you, B.Q.

My question is: Why is it that mature men (and women) who aspire to be leaders of the most powerful nation in the world feel the need stoop to personal attacks, name calling and smear tactics through public media?

And it’s not just one party’s candidates, for the last decade or so, that have demeaned themselves and their parties by airing such personal and unkind campaign messages. Shame on both the Republicans and Democrats.

To be as kind as I can be, and keeping God and mother’s advice in mind — what a bunch of “dillies” we have in — and aspiring to be in — Washington.

This week’s music trivia question

Can you name the female artist who sang the 1949 hit “Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)?”

This Tennessee-born artist was one of the most popular vocalists of the 1940-55 era. She became a solo star almost immediately after her brief stay with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra, but her greatest fame came with her two 1951-62 TV variety series.

In all, over a 20-year recording career, she placed 83 songs on the charts, including her number one hits, “I’ll Walk Alone” (1944), “The Gypsy” (1946), “Anniversary Song” (1947) and “Buttons and Bows” (1948), from the film “Paleface.”

From 1943 until 1962, this artist was married to actor George Montgomery.

How I best remember this bubbly blond celebrity was by her opening song on her 1956-62 television show — “See the USA in your Chevrolet.”

Was the “Dilly Dilly” singer A) Doris Day; B) Dinah Shore; C) Peggy Lee; or D) Jan Brewer?

Be the fifth caller with the correct answer this week and you’ll win a six-pack of Chocolate Mint Dilly Bars (the preferred ice cream snack of 4 out of 5 political candidates). Our local Payson Dairy Queen has donated these delectable minty treats.

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

This past week’s trivia question asked if you could identify the meaning of the word “latigo,” which was one of the terms in country music artist Garth Brooks’ 1991 hit “Rodeo.”

The choices were: A) the feather decoration on a cowboy’s hat; B) the leggings worn by a horse as protection against the brush and weather; C) a wide leather strap on a saddle that is used to tighten the cinch around a horse; or D) a cute leather carry case attached to a cowboy’s belt to hold his cell phone.

The correct answer was: a latigo is a wide leather strap on a saddle that is used to tighten the cinch around a horse.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Ellie Perry, of Payson, who won a “4 Bar N Leather” western-style blinged hard wallet. This beautiful prize was donated by Crafter Cubbies (located in the Swiss Village), courtesy of crafters Tom and Debbie Lister.

Ellie is now a two-time music trivia winner. She won for the first time about two years ago. She said, “This was an easy question for me, as I spent my summers when I was young on my grandparents’ farm in Illinois and I’ve loved horses my whole life.”

Some final notes

Two big thumbs up to the Missoula Children’s Theatre, the Longhorn Theatre Company and all of our local students who performed last weekend in the fairy tale production of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast.”

Close to 60 first- through 12th-grade students, from the elementary school barnyard critters to the lead high school students, entertained the audience with their comic and heartwarming performances.

There certainly were a lot of proud parents and grandparents in attendance.

You can see more pictures from this fun play on my Web site.

Have a great week!

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482



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