Farewell To Good Neighbors Who Are ‘Movin’ On’

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I’m dedicating this week’s music trivia column to my next door neighbor, Laura, and her family, who are packing up their bags and moving on down to the Valley.

Laura and her kids (and grandchildren and great-grandchildren) have lived in their overlooking-the-lake bungalow for the past 25 years, long before I became their neighbor in 2004. They’ve been really good neighbors, and if it wasn’t for Laura’s grandson’s big black and purple pickup truck rumbling out of their driveway and thundering by our house, I wouldn’t even know anyone lived next door. I wish them all the best.

I know Laura is going to miss Payson, but for health reasons, it’s a move she has to make. As Laura says, “I’m Movin’ On.”

This week’s music question is: Can you name the country music group who, in 2001, scored a top10 hit with their song “I’m Movin’ On?”

This vocal trio, formed in the late 1990s, released their first, self-titled album in 2000. The song “Prayin’ for Daylight” became the group’s first smash single. The band ultimately had four singles off that debut album reach the top 10 before their second album, “Melt,” appeared in October 2002. Co-produced by the bandmates themselves, “Melt” sold a million copies in eight weeks and yielded the band’s first number one country hit, “These Days.”

The group’s five studio albums have accounted for a whopping 26 single releases. Each of these songs have charted within the top 20 or higher on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 11 number ones. The band’s longest-lasting number one, a cover of Marcus Hummon’s “Bless the Broken Road,” spent five weeks in that position in early 2005 and has become a favorite first song of couples at their weddings.

Some of the other top hits of this originally-from-Ohio group are “Life Is A Highway,” “Why Wait” and their current hit (now at #5 on the country charts) “Easy,” which features pop singer Natasha Bedingfield.

Is this week’s country music trivia group A) The Crew-Cuts, B) Fleetwood Mac, C) Rascal Flatts or D) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony?

This week, if you are the fifth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of this country music group’s greatest hits. Good luck!

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: According to Sammy Kaye’s 1939 number one hit “Little Bittie Fishes,” what happened after the little fishies swam over the dam and reached the sea? Did they A) see a shark, get scared, turn tail and swim back to the meadow pool, B) get caught in a fisherman’s net and then were eaten for supper, C) make friends with other adolescent sea creatures or D) meet their “sole” mates, become responsible adult fishies and start careers as “school“ teachers?

The correct answer was A - and as the lyrics go “They swam and they swam, and it was a lark, till all of a sudden they saw a shark. And back to the pool in the meadow they swam; and they swam and they swam all over the dam.”

Congratulations to this past week’s and first-time music trivia winner, Cindy Owens, who won a CD of her choosing — Top Country Hits of the 1970s.

A little about last week’s winner. Cindy was born and lived the first 14 years of her life in Elgin, Ill. (a mere 20 minutes from where I grew up). Just before she was about to enter high school, her family moved to Tucson, where she spent the next 25 years.

It’s an interesting short story as to how Cindy met her husband, Danny. Through her sister, Cindy was introduced to Danny, who one week later invited her to his company’s Christmas party. Now, this is where the story gets interesting, as Cindy told me, “Danny had already asked Nicky to the party, but changed his mind and asked me to go. So I did, but was stuck with Nicky’s name tag!”

Well, all worked out just fine and after a seven-year courtship, the two married and blended their previous families. In addition to their four adult children, they have two daughters, Silver, who attends Payson Elementary School and Zoey, a student at Julia Randall School.

After Danny retired, the Owen family moved to Payson in 1997 to enjoy a quieter lifestyle. Cindy worked for eight years at the Department of Economic Security in Payson before she, too, retired.

Cindy’s interests include playing word games, especially Scrabble and Sudoku, spending time on the computer and thrift store shopping. She enjoys country, classic and soft rock and pop music. Her three favorite artists are Shania Twain, Reba McEntire and Conway Twitty, who her mother always had on in the house.

Have a nice week!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Website: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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