Odd Views On The Lake At Green Valley Park


Have you ever had one of those moments where you’ve experienced real incongruence — where what you’re seeing, hearing or feeling just doesn’t make any sense or fit the environment around you?


Islands cropped up and began floating around the lake in Green Valley Park recently.

My latest (of many) incongruent moment happened just a couple of weeks ago. As I looked up from my computer to take a peek outside at the lake in Green Valley Park, it appeared that what I was seeing right in the middle of the lake was a big, green island. Then another island appeared, this one a bit smaller. And then it seemed as though both islands were moving, floating first to the lake’s eastern shore and then back to the western edge.

Afraid that I was hallucinating, I called Ann over to the window and asked her if she saw what I thought I was seeing. Thank God she did. I hadn’t lost my mind, after all.

After analyzing the situation, I realized that a couple of clumps of cattails that normally line the shores must have broken off and were aimlessly floating back and forth with the wind across the lake — almost like the song “Islands in the Stream.”

This week’s question

Can you name the country music artists who teamed up in 1983 to produce the No. 1 country hit “Islands in the Stream”?

Each of these two country stars had very successful singing careers as solo artists. The female artist charted over 100 country hits, 23 of which made it to No. 1, including “Joshua,” “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.”

The male country artist scored over 70 hits on Billboard’s country chart and over 40 songs on its pop chart, including the No. 1 hits “Lady,” “Coward of the County” and “The Gambler.”

Were the country stars, who teamed up to produce “Islands in the Stream,” A) Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, B) Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, C) Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, or D) Tim McGraw and Faith Hill?

If you are the fifth caller and have the right answer this week, you’ll win a CD of 20 all-time favorite country duets. Good luck!

Last week’s question

Last week’s question asked if you could name the Canadian doo-wop group The Diamonds’ signature hit, which reached and remained at No. 2 on the Billboard chart for eight consecutive weeks in the spring of 1957?

The choices were A) “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” B) “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” C) “Blue Velvet,” or D) “Little Darlin’”.

The correct answer was “Little Darlin’”. (It’s interesting to note that this popular song almost certainly would have peaked at No. 1, if not for being up against Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up,” which spent nine weeks at No. 1 at the same time and became the 1957 song of the year.)

“Put Your Head on My Shoulder” by Paul Anka, topped out at No. 2 in the fall of 1959; “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” by Bill Haley and His Comets, was a top 10 hit in the late summer of 1954; and “Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton topped the Billboard chart in the fall of 1963.

Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Arleen Bobb, who won two tickets to this past Monday’s The Diamonds’ concert, sponsored by the Tonto Community Concert Association.

A little about Arleen — She was born in Kent (near Akron), Ohio and moved with her family to Arizona when she was 12 years old. She graduated from North High School in Phoenix in 1959, and then began a 26-year career with Fry’s Grocery in the Valley.

It wasn’t long before Arleen’s boss, Dale, became more than just a great supervisor, as the two turned their working relationship into a life-long marital commitment. Arleen laughed and said, “At the grocery store, Dale was my boss, and now I’m his.” The two have been married for 25 years and have five daughters.

In 2000, Arleen and Dale packed up their bags and moved to Pine, moving into a cabin owned by their daughter. Arleen now enjoys playing cards and helping Dale run their contractor business, Pine Home Services. She enjoys listening to music from the 1950s and says her favorite artists are Aaron Neville, The Diamonds and Elton John.

A Final Note

We are so blessed here in the Rim Country to have the diversity and quality of musical talent that the Tonto Community Concert Association series brings us each year. The Diamonds’ concert this past Monday was just outstanding. There just aren’t enough adjectives to go around to describe this quartet’s performance — but professional, engaging, energetic and brilliant might be a good way to start the list.

Thank you, TCCA, for making a weeknight in Payson such a fun time.

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482 Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com


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