How Are Those Resolutions Going?

Romeo and Juliet as depicted by Frank See

Romeo and Juliet as depicted by Frank See


Gosh, we’re already a week-and-a-half into 2013, which means many of us are either basking in the joy, experiencing the agonizing pain or have already thrown in the towel on our New Year’s resolutions.

Of course, maybe some of us have chosen this year not to bother with new resolutions at all.

But for those of us who did set new goals for this year, some of us have started our new diets and have already shed a few pounds and some of us are now more than a week into the latest fad exercise program that we know will give us that sleek, toned body we had 20 years ago (or maybe never had).

Some of us have resolved to finally gain control of our compulsions and addictions and not let drinking, drugs, shopping, anger, resentment (and on and on and on) control us and ruin the lives around us.

And then there are others of us who have sworn to attend church more often (or tithe more), spend more time with our children and less time on the computer or have promised ourselves that we will no longer talk or text on our cell phones while in the express checkout lane at Walmart or while we are in our vehicles (unless, of course, our vehicle is at rest at a stop light).

This year, I’ve chosen a different type of New Year’s resolution for myself. I’ve decided to never again watch a television program or go to a movie that depicts violence. I will say “no” to cop shows, murder mysteries, horror movies and all media viewing that depicts violence. I’ve thought that maybe if I (and others) stop supporting these venues of violence, in some small way a dent can be made in the increasing violence our world is experiencing.

I’ve decided that what or country and the “world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. No, not just for some, but for everyone. Lord, we don’t need another mountain. There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb. There are oceans and rivers enough to cross. Enough to last until the end of time. What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”

If you are a baby-boomer or descendant of one, you probably recognize the words in preceding paragraph are the beginning lyrics to the 1967 hit song, “What The World Needs Now.”

This week’s music trivia question is: Who was the talented young artist who first recorded the Grammy Hall of Fame hit, “What The World Needs Now”?

She was born in 1944 in Hazel, Ky. and had her first radio appearance at age 6. At 15, she made her first recording, before moving to Los Angeles the next year to further her career. She became a prolific songwriter (more than 600 songs to date, including co-writing the mega-pop hit “Betty Davis Eyes”).

She toured with the Beatles for 26 concerts in 1964 and appeared in the movies “Surf Party,” “C’mon Let’s Live A Little” and “Hide And Seek.” In addition to her hit “What The World Needs Now,” her other Top 10 hit was 1969’s “Put A Little Love In Your Heart.”

Was this singer-songwriter A) Jackie Wilson, B) Jackie DeShannon, C) Jackie Lee, or D) Jackie Gleason?

This week, if you’re the sixth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite music artist or favorite genre of music.

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

Taylor Swift had two No. 1 hits in 2012. One was “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Again,” the top country music song of the year. What was the title of her other No. 1 hit? Was it A) “Wanted,” B) “Keep Me In Mind,” C) “Ours,” or D) “Over You”?

The correct answer was “Ours,” which topped Billboard’s country chart for one week this past April.

Each of the other three choices were also No. 1 hits for country artists in 2012. “Wanted” was recorded by newcomer Hunter Hayes; “Keep Me In Mind” by the Zac Brown Band; and “Over You” by Miranda Lambert.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Macie Chernov of Payson, who won a CD of Taylor Swift’s greatest hits. Macie has won several times before, the first time when she was in the fifth or sixth grade (so long ago neither of us could remember exactly) at the Payson Christian School. She’s now enjoying life as a freshman (particularly her participation in the choir, she says) at Payson High School.

A couple of final notes

New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from this past week’s Big Brothers Big Sisters winter party held this past Wednesday at the Payson Senior Center. The BBBS board, staff and a whole bunch of Rim Country Big and Little Brothers and Sisters decorated cookies, played games, snacked and danced the night away.

Also, I would like to thank all who have called in with answers to our weekly music question — and encourage anyone who has never called in to pick up the phone and give me a jingle. You never know, you just might be the weekly winner.

Have a great Rim Country week — and best wishes to all on your New Year’s resolutions.

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482

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