It seems like just yesterday that we were sitting outside listening to the bands play at the summer concerts in the park and watching the annual fireworks display over the lake at Green Valley Park.
How quickly this year’s summer went by; so did the mild days and the picturesque autumn colors of fall; leading us into the much quieter times of winter in the high country.
Although there are a lot fewer activities going on in our community during the winter months, I’ve always looked forward each Christmas season to the Electric Light Parade, always held on the first Saturday of December.
As always, this year’s parade will start at 6 p.m. and will light the sky on fire along Main Street to the Sawmill Crossing shopping complex.
Lighted floats and vehicles and even twinkling parade walkers will delight the crowd that will gather along the curbs.
This year’s parade theme is “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and will feature the Rim Country Walking Pine Trees, Payson’s award-winning entry in this past year’s Fiesta Bowl Parade. The walking trees will collect items for the food bank along the route.
After the parade is over, stop by Macky’s Grill and have pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, “Lucy” and the Rim Country Trees.
This week’s question
Can you name the rock group that recorded the 1978 hit “Light the Sky on Fire”?
This six-member group was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, Calif. in 1965. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success.
The band performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s — Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969), as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968).
Two hits from the band’s first album, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” are listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
This group had a lengthy recording career, from 1967 through 1991, but experienced multiple changes in members and even two name changes. In all, the band scored 38 songs on the Billboard charts, nine of which made it into the Top 10.
In the mid-1980s, three of its songs made it to No. 1 — “We Built This City,” “Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”
Is this “Light the Sky on Fire” group A) The Electric Light Orchestra; B) Jefferson Starship; C) Grand Funk Railroad; or D) The David Roehrig Band?
If you are caller number six and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist or genre. Good luck!
Last week’s question
In January of 1986, 10 members of the Chicago Bears professional football team became the first NFL players (and to this day, the only NFL players) to record a song and have it make it onto the Billboard charts.
The video that accompanied the Bears’ song featured three of the team’s more flamboyant personalities — Walter “Sweetness” Payton, Jim “Punky QB” McMann and William “The Refrigerator” Perry.
Last week’s question asked — Was the name of this Chicago Bears’ song A) “The Boys of Fall,” B) “The Lambeau Leap,” C) “We Will Rock You,” or D) “The Super Bowl Shuffle”?
The correct answer was “The Super Bowl Shuffle.”
“The Boys of Fall” was a 2010 No. 1 country hit for Kenny Chesney, a lyrical tale of Chesney’s own high school football days. “We Will Rock You,” often played at many football and other athletic events, was a 1977 hit for the English rock group “Queen.” “The Lambeau Leap” is a novelty song revered by Green Bay Packers fans.
Congratulations to last week’s regular caller and multiple-time music trivia winner, Mike Leigh.
A final note
I would like to sincerely thank the many Payson Roundup readers who have offered me their warm words about my eagle picture that was featured on the front page of the newspaper a couple of weeks ago.
If you would like to see more pictures of the bald eagle that I took that day, please visit my Web site. I have added the eagle’s fish-catching sequence to my photo section, where you can see the entire 17-picture progression, from the moment it spotted the trout below, through its descent and catch, to its au revoir flight from the lake.
To view these pictures (and other photos of the many different species of birds that frequent our beautiful park), just click on the “event pictures” tab at the top of my Web site’s home page, then on the picture of the eagle.
Enjoy the Electric Light Parade!
DJ Craig – (928) 468-1482 – www.djcraiginpayson.com