Thursday morning briefing: Singing with Andy, country Christmas and garlic the right way

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Sing-a-long with Andy Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a “Brief History of Christmas Music” by Andy Mason at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Buchanan Hall at the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. The evening includes […]

Ticket feature: Group of former soldiers singing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo: 4troopsmusic.com The members of 4TROOPS are Unites States combat veterans who served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Freedom New Mexico A singing group made up of former soldiers raising awareness about the sacrifices troops are making in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to area as part of Clovis Community College’s […]

Singing easy in theory

I like to sing, but surprise me in the shower or rip the headphones from my ears and sometimes it’s not all that pretty. My elementary school teacher, Mrs. Brazzell, tried, bless her heart, but music theory and actual skills never did stick with me. If you handed me a flute-o-phone I still couldn’t play […]

First person: Singing strong

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Skylar Coffin, 16, sang the national anthem twice this week at the state basketball tournament. Skylar Coffin doesn’t have any particular theme music. “Every day you can find me going down the hall singing something different,” the Clovis Christian junior said. If you went to Albuquerque this week, you could […]

Singing the right tune for the new year

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Although I certainly wish for you and yours a happy and blessed New Year, I confess that I’m rarely terribly excited about New Year’s fanfare. (I like almost any reason for some days off and time with friends and good food, so I’m not a total New Year’s grinch […]

Singing class performs in free show for finals

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Sr. Airman Nick Ball will be performing “Those Were the Good Old Days” from Damn Yankees during Clovis Community College’s Broadway-style singing class’ final performance 7 p.m. Tuesday. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Students of a Broadway-style singing class at Clovis Community College are gearing for their final exam. […]

Story behind singing sensation inspiring

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I have a new hero. Her name is

Letter to the editor: Sexual preference doesn’t matter

I have always considered myself musically inclined. Since I was a little girl, my family has been musical, whether we are listening to music, singing or playing it ourselves. I love all genres and enjoy various different artists. Since the first time I saw Adam Lambert I knew he was special. This season of “American […]

Education feature: Class ends on a high note

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Brandon touches up her makeup in the dressing room backstage at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall before she and her classmates performed their final for a Broadway-style singing class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer In the minimal light backstage, Caleb Brandon took his place behind a podium and […]

CCC offers unique summer classes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Student’s finished products from the Raku pottery class offered at Clovis Community College are exhibited in a window display after the class is over. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College students can get core classes out of the way this summer or venture into new territory by […]

Music brings one closer to faith

By Joe Champouillon: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. When I was young and in school, I probably was what everyone thought of as the typical male athlete, only interested in what […]

Dec. 2 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife by Cathryn Ramin explains what happens to the human brain in middle age, the factors that affect its strengths and weaknesses, and the best way to cope when your memory is not what it […]

July 17, 1947

Louise Massey, NBC singing star, was scheduled to be in Clovis as one of the features for the Western Music Jamboree. … Nearly 200 people were scheduled to attend the Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Hotel Clovis ballroom. … The Clovis Pioneers baseball team was defeated by the Pampa (Texas) Oilers, 7-4, at Bell […]

CCS junior’s singing inspires confidence

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Melody King, a junior at Clovis Christian School, sings the national anthem at CCS basketball games. King will sing at the state basketball tournament next week in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Melody King has a gift. The Clovis Christian School junior can sing. This year, the blue-eyed […]

Music leads to lifetime of experiences

By Homer Tankersley: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. I was born into a musical family and sang in a quartet with my dad and brothers, Jack and Gorden. My elementary music teacher was a tremendous influence in my music. […]

Pastor Profile: Kevin Ray

Name: Kevin Ray Age: 42 Church: Salvation Army Background: My employment background includes assembling bikes at a department store; mailroom work; managing an ice cream, popcorn and frozen yogurt shop, and I was a bank teller for three years. Hometown: Omaha, Neb. Your Family: My sister is the oldest, an older brother, a twin brother, […]

Musical parenting something to pass on

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I’m wondering what young parents these days are singing to their kids, if they’re singing anything at all. My mind flashes forward to 2075. An old guy will be sitting in a Clovis nursing home remembering, “Yeah, I can still hear my momma singin’ in the kitchen ‘Just A Lil […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local singer’s son fills in on national anthem

A familiar voice was missing from the last two Clovis football games as national anthem singer John Urban was recuperating from surgery for a brain hematoma. An Urban was still on the microphone, however, as his son Ken sang the anthem and did the announcing duties for the Clovis High band’s halftime show. John Urban […]

Duets more complicated than solos

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ religion columnist Well, my oldest son is now officially engaged. This is the young man who not that many moons ago allowed as how he sort of doubted he’d ever be much interested in marriage. I don’t remember exactly the way he phrased it, but I took him to mean […]

Raising the roof of God’s house

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Dianne Nance of Clovis praises the Lord during the First Church of God in Christ annual Youth Crusade Wednesday evening at the church in Clovis. Nance is the youth minister at the church. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Music and praise spilled into the streets Wednesday night from First Church […]