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Turbulence and transition

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We continue our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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A sad farewell to a great artist

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This week, I’m interrupting our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century (which will return next week) to pay tribute to the life and career of one of the top female music artists of the 1960s, Leslie Gore (a non-smoker) who died this past week of lung cancer. She was 68.

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When music reflected our unrest

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We continue our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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Rockin’ in a new era

We continue our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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When swing turned to sing

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We continue our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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Music brightened dark days of the Depression

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We continue our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

What made the 1920s roar

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This week, we continue our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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Discs out pace cylinders in recording industry

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Last week, we began a 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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Popular music through the decades

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As noted in last week’s Music Trivia column, I’m beginning the new year with something a little different — a 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century — 1900-1999. Each week we’ll look at what music was popular in each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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Take a look back at last year

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It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2014, and now we’re saying goodbye. How time flies. And it’s true what they say — the older one gets, the faster it goes.

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Season’s greetings well-intentioned

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Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! The little phrases so commonly used at this time of the year.

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A bachelor for the holidays

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In June 1965, R&B-soul singer Ben E. King released the song “She’s Gone Again.” And that title pretty much says what’s going on in my life right now.

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Light parade promises fun

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A Wild West Show is coming to Payson!

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Songs of thanks had some lyrics

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This weekend, let’s take the time now and then always to reflect on the great blessings that we have had in our lifetimes.

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Here’s to ‘turkey brain’ time

Looking for a little exercise this weekend?

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All dog lovers do for their pooches

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I swear, on any given day, there must be at least 200 canine enthusiasts walking their pooches in Green Valley Park.

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Ring them bells Rim Country

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Christmas will be here before we know it. There are only 47 days to finish all the Christmas shopping and make plans for the holiday season.

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Magical characters appear on Halloween

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A longtime fall tradition, the Town of Payson’s annual Trunk or Treat Festival will again be held this Halloween Friday evening on Main Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m in front of and in the parking lot of the Ox Bow Saloon. This year’s title sponsor is Chili’s Restaurant.

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A sad final chapter to great career

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Just 10 days ago, singer Glen Campbell shared a music video “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” on YouTube, a track that the country music great previously revealed will be the final song he ever records as he battles Alzheimer’s disease.

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Fall is a favorite time in Rim Country

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“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was first recorded by pop singer Andy Williams on his Christmas Album in 1963 and later covered in 1986 by crooner Johnny Mathis on his own Christmas album.

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Celebrating the ol’ hometown

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Last weekend — another great reason to be thankful that we live where we do.

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Activity picks up at Green Valley Park

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With this year’s monsoon season looking like it’s finally in the 2014 rearview mirror, and area temperatures falling into what most of us consider absolutely ideal, I’ve noticed quite an increase in the number of people motoring around Green Valley Park.

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Birds abound at Green Valley Park

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Taking a shortcut behind the Parks and Rec office at Green Valley Park, I couldn’t help but notice peeping sounds, getting louder and louder as I got closer to the back of the cinder block wall.

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Softball bolsters economy

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There were 32 teams competing; with an average of 12 girls per team; an average family size of four. Figure in friends and relatives.

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A special treat for an oldies fan

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A couple of weeks ago while we were setting up our music at Bison Ranch’s Labor Day celebration weekend in Overgaard, one of the vendors near us came over and said “Do you know that the vendor running the booth on the other side of you is Joey Dee’s sister?”

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Fair time means Rim Country fun

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September is upon us — which means it’s time for the Northern Gila County Fair. Once again time for all of our area 4-H kids to show off their animals that they have been grooming for the past year, carnival rides and vendors.

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We planted roots in forest ‘ruins’

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After four or five years of enduring a real downturn in the economy, the job market and the housing industry seem to be looking a whole lot better lately here in Payson. A four-year college in Payson seems to be on the cusp of realization, new businesses are popping up all over town and new housing subdivisions are projected to soon follow.

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Happy primary election will be over Tuesday

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At last, another election Tuesday is just about here. And, thank goodness, just about to be done and over with.

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Get ready to rodeo!

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This is it! Payson’s signature weekend is here again. The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, with 130 years of buckin’, ropin’, clowns, parades and a whole lot more, has stampeded into town.

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Local economy on the upswing

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Things are getting better. At last.

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Mother Nature on stage at last concert

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Two big thumbs up to the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for again providing Rim Country music lovers with another entertaining summer outdoor concert series.

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The wings of eagles dazzle

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In the early spring of this year, during the second week of April to be exact, two little kids were born at Woods Canyon Lake. Well, technically, it might be more accurate if I said two little eaglets were hatched.

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When weather reigned in song

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The long-awaited monsoon season is here. And boy, what a relief it is for our parched land and thirsty vegetation.

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Great Blue Heron chicks fledge

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Except for a dozen Canada geese, a handful of mallards and two coot families, there isn’t much bird watching going on lately at Green Valley Park, especially with our resident Great Blue Herons away from the lake most of the time during their nesting period.

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‘You can come home’ again

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They came from all over the state of Arizona. Some came from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Washington, and Missouri. They all came home to Payson.

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‘Jersey Boys’ is a movie worth breaking the rules

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For the last 20 years or so, I’ve always had a movie-going policy of not attending R-rated movies. I just don’t care to see violence or listen to potty-mouth language.

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The passing of a radio icon

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Sadly, on Father’s Day this past Sunday, one of America’s most beloved DJs, Casey Kasem, passed away. He was 82.

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Smokers, courtesy please

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For the last 11-plus years, I’ve ended my morning jog somewhere around the north end of Green Valley Park, near the playground. Then, as part of my cool-down, I leisurely stroll through the park and by the lake before stretching out on the lake’s south side.

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Time to get dirty in Rim Country

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This Saturday at the Payson Event Center, the second annual Mogollon Monster Mudder 5K Run will kick off at 9 a.m. sharp.

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Graduation is finally here

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“No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!”

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Whether playing or sitting on the bench, student-athletes are stars

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I would like to add my congratulations to the many others in our community who have saluted our high school athletic teams for their highly successful spring seasons.

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TCCA hosts child prodigy pianist

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This Saturday evening, May 17, at 7 p.m., child prodigy and world-renowned pianist, Umi Garrett will grace the stage in the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Get wild at the park this Saturday

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In my last week’s music trivia article, I wrote about the different birds I’ve seen down at Green Valley Park in the last few months. But those sightings will pale in comparison to the wildlife that will be seen at the park this Saturday.

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Birds add to beauty of park

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My fascination with the birds of Green Valley Park has steadily grown over the 11 years that I’ve lived in Payson — and has pretty much exploded over the last year-and-a-half.

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Gear up for a great classic car show

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“I’m jacked up, revved up, my motor’s runnin’ and I’m ready to put my pedal to the metal.”

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The wonderful world of Payson

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“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.

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Artist’s life fuels inspiring music

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It was just last fall when 1990s country music star Suzy Bogguss graced our community with her charm, beauty and talent. Now, just seven months later, another end-of-the-20th-century Nashville superstar is coming to town.

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Students bring great music, dance to Rim

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“Now I gotta cut loose, footloose ...

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One of the Rim’s best events is at hand

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One of my favorite weekend events is taking place tomorrow, this Saturday, at Green Valley Park.

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Sailing away with Payson’s yacht club

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I’ll bet that many readers would be surprised to know that Payson has a yacht club, right here in town. I know I was.

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