Keep Romance In The Air All Year

Rim Country residents know the simple things — such as holding hands during a walk in Green Valley Park — are what keeps romance in the air all year long.


Rim Country residents know the simple things — such as holding hands during a walk in Green Valley Park — are what keeps romance in the air all year long.


The countdown is on. We’re down to single-digit days until the most romantic day of the year is here once again.

Valentine’s Day is next Thursday and that means the fairer sex undoubtedly will be showered with bouquets of flowers, boxes of chocolate, a dinner out or a cute little stuffed bear that says “I love you.”

I’m sure that all of these Valentine’s Day gifts will be sincerely appreciated by the ladies. But what I think women would appreciate even more is the simple, everyday ways, all year long, that men can show their special someone just how much they mean to them.

What I mean by everyday simple is: a gentle touch, opening of a car door, holding hands while walking together, an unexpected kiss and every day telling her, “I love you.”

I know that physical touch seems to have gone out of style in this modern, hustle-bustle society we live in, but I think there is no denying that touch can be a reassuring, comforting and powerful way to say how much a woman means to a man.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the late ’60s, early ’70s group that recorded the 1968 hit song “Touch Me”?

This rock band was formed in Los Angeles in 1965, with lead vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. They were among the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, due mostly to Morrison’s wild and poetic lyrics and charismatic, but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison’s heart failure death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.

Among the group’s 18 charted hits were their two No. 1 hits, “Light My Fire” and “Hello I Love You.”

Was this “Touch Me” rock group A) Creedence Clearwater Revival; B) Blood, Sweat & Tears; C) The Doors; or D) The Animals?

This week, if you’re the fifth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win two wonderful prizes (that would also make excellent touchy-feely and sweet Valentine gifts for your honey).

The first prize is a one hour massage, courtesy of Payson Hair Company-based, licensed massage therapist Betty Marsh. The second is a chocolate truffle surprise from Lady D’s Wine Bar, Chocolate & Art in the Swiss Village, where you can enjoy wine by the glass or bottle and shop for an array of fine art and unique gifts.

Last week’s question

Last week’s music trivia question asked if you could name the original Harlem Globetrotters theme song. The choices were: A) “Sweet Georgia Brown,” B) “Sweet Dreams,” C) “Sweet Home Alabama” and D) “Sweet Caroline.”

The right answer was “Sweet Georgia Brown,” which was a 1926 No. 1 hit by Ben Bernie. In 1952 the Globetrotters began using the whistling version of this early hit as its theme song and for its pregame warm-up.

“Sweet Dreams” was a 1983 chart-topper for the synch-pop duo The Eurythmics; “Sweet Home Alabama” was southern rock’s Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most successful hit and “Sweet Caroline,” though not Neil Diamond’s top selling song, was and continues to be his most popular sing-along hit.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Judy Prince, who won two complimentary tickets to the Harlem Ambassadors vs. The Payson All-Stars basketball game scheduled for late April in the high school dome.

A little about Judy — she was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. After graduating from Fenger High School in 1963, she attended what was then known as Chicago Teachers College.

“I’m sure I would have gone on to graduate,” said Judy, “but I fell even deeper in love with my high school sweetheart, Ted, got married and started a family. I stayed at home and raised our three wonderful children.”

In the 16 years that she has lived in Payson, Judy has enjoyed being the treasurer and bookkeeper at the Nazarene Church, quilting and spending time with her granddaughters.

Judy says she has an eclectic taste in music, but particularly likes to listen to 1940s-60s easy listening, big band and southern gospel.

Her three favorite artists are the Cathedrals, the Gaither Vocal Band and Ted Prince (her vocally talented husband).

A final note

New photos that I’ve added to my Web site are from the recently held Hashknife Pony Express mail delivery and pick-up at the Payson Post Office.

A whole slew of elementary school coloring contest participants, their families and an appreciative group of community folks gathered to cheer on the Pony Express riders.

Watching the riders coming down the Beeline Highway and enter the post office parking lot was a sight to behold.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482


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