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Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections By Tonya Fennell Cannon Connections On nimble bare feet, Soumaly Orlando stepped gracefully across the wooden floor. With a dimpled smile, she coaxed the small crowd to clap along to the upbeat tempo of a Laotian song. Orlando, a Staff Sgt. based at Cannon Air Force Base, performed a traditional Laos […]

Musical evolution sheds hardware layer by layer

By Freedom Newspapers As you navigate the process of downloading 1,000 songs onto that MP3 player you got for Christmas, and then wonder how you’re ever going to find them on there, you can ponder for a moment the disappearance of all the hardware that used to be involved with being a music fan — […]

Letters to the Editor: Those who serve deserve our thanks

A couple of days before Veterans Day this year, I received an e-mail from a fellow Vietnam veteran. The e-mail contained a music video titled, “A Pittance of Time.” This song was written by Terry Kelly from Nova Scotia. The song’s words and music intrigued me deeply so I looked up the history of the […]

Musical nostalgia lousy advertising tool

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Nothing makes me want to rush out and buy a bottle of Mylanta for my heartburn more than hearing the theme song to “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Yeah, right! Continuing with an eloquently titled topic I started a few weeks ago “How stupid do they think I am?” I’m not going […]

Song rattles cowboy image

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a house on the dry, windy plains of New Mexico, the first gay-themed country song performed by a major artist was penned. Lubbock-born singer-songwriter Ned Sublette wrote “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other” when he spent time in his parents’ Portales home in the summer of […]

Music program promotes harmony

By Phil Williams: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. As I grew up in the central part of New Jersey, I always loved music. Maybe it’s because of all the great artists born in the area — William “Count” Basie, […]

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 […]

U2 steals Mariah Carey’s spotlight at Grammys

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The rock gods snatched Grammy history from the comeback queen Wednesday, as perennial favorites U2 took home five trophies while Mariah Carey had to settle for three. U2 won the 20th Grammy of its career, including album of the year for “How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” — the […]

Christmas spirit lies in Jesus, not holiday trappings

Christmas is just three weeks away. Even though Christmas is a time of lofty hopes and expectations, some years I haven’t had much Christmas spirit. I think it has to do with really seeing the meaning of Christmas during all our activities. Let me explain. The song, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” is an old spiritual […]

Country singer looks for wife with rolling billboard

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis resident Ann Morrison stood Friday in the parking lot of S&S Supermarket, eyes trained on the blond man crooning from atop a tour bus. Country singer Brian Stace made a stop in Clovis to promote his new CD. The blue-eyed Wisconsin native is also seeking a wife. His […]

Self-serving art misses point

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist It began innocently enough. During the trek over a long stretch of road near Elk City, Okla., I made an off-hand comment to my wife concerning the Tim McGraw song that was on the country station. “Don’t you just hate it when somebody uses music to process their personal life, […]

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 […]

State motto, song could use update

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Former KOAT-TV reporter Nancy Laflin has been the New Mexico State music czar for three months now and it is a bit disappointing. I still can’t play the violin. Too bad. The brand new director of the brand new created by executive order New Mexico Music Commission will conduct the […]

What’s Your View of Our All-seeing God?

By Curtis K. Shelburne My tastes in music and my theology have certainly changed since then, but when I was a small child, my favorite song was a song we sang occasionally at church and pretty often at home. That’s another story, but, yes, as hard as it is for most of us to imagine […]

Nelson holds concert at ENMU

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Willie Nelson plays for the crowd during Wednesday’s show at the Campus Union Ballroom of Eastern New Mexico University. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Country music legend Willie Nelson made his first concert in Portales a memorable one for eastern New Mexico residents on Wednesday. Nelson led off the show with […]

New state music czar knows her stuff

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist There is a new czar in town. Actually, a czarette. Her name is Nancy Laflin, and, trust me, she knows her stuff. You are familiar with the attractive Laflin as the KOAT-TV reporter covering the homicide de jour in Albuquerque. You will soon learn to recognize her as the 4,356th […]

Music remains vital part of life and living

By John Posner: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: This is part of in a week-long series in which local columnists talk about their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis schools. E.Y. Harburg once said, “Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes […]

Kids have great appreciation of music

By Adan Estrada: Guest Columnist Music has the power to evoke emotion. It can make you laugh, it can make you smile, or it can even bring a tear to your eye. Music reaches deep inside you and before you know it you’re tapping your foot, bobbing your head and singing along. As an educator, […]

Singing for America

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Billy Sparks, right, poses for a picture with Jay Leno. Sparks said working in politics and entertainment gives him the opportunity to meet all kinds of interesting and famous people. (Courtesy photo) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer His name is familiar. But many New Mexico residents know Billy Sparks as the governor’s press guru, […]

Fiddler extraordinaire played for governor

By Don McAlvay: Local columnist I’ve lost track of Alva J. Parker. Last I knew he was with his daughter in Farmington. I hope he’s still kicking. Parker won more fiddle contests left-handed than most right-handed fiddle players won. He did not change the order of the fiddle strings. Parker shared his fiddle with his […]