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 […]

Military mama: Summer hysteria has set in at home

Summer hysteria has stricken my household. It seems that everything that was learned throughout the school year has magically disappeared into the great beyond. Manners, what are those? We have far too many conversations centering around burps, farts and other bodily functions that seem to fascinate my five year old. Sharing is apparently only something […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Sing out loud, sharp knives and an act of defiance

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Joyful noise Three Eastern New Mexico University groups are set to perform a holiday concert Friday and they need you. The Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers and University Singers perform at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center. Audience […]

Tuesday morning briefing: the largest pencil and something to sing about

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: the world’s largest pencil. Details Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the district board room. The meeting is open to the public. Something to sing about The Eastern New Mexico University annual Spring Choral […]

God unchanged by world events

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Have you ever noticed that

A town to sing about

ITunes lists 13 songs on its roster with “Tucumcari” in the title.

Sing it again, John

Comedian Argus Hamilton is still getting mileage out of John McCain’s “Bomb Iran” song.

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 […]

Tree lighting

The Base Chapel Every year Cannon Air Force Base celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with the lighting of the base Christmas tree. This year’s event will be held at 4:45 p.m. tonight around the flagpole near the front gate of Cannon. The airmen and their families gather together to sing Christmas carols, drink […]

Professor dedicated life to music

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Harry Barton spent 39 years as a music teacher to thousands of Clovis High School students. He was one of the best known and beloved teachers in high school, a gentleman all the way. Harry E. Barton was born Aug. 22, 1901, at Plymouth, Ind., and came to Clovis in […]

Siblings have ‘Idol’ dreams

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ correspondent Siblings J.T. Montoya and Tiffany Montoya Welsh aim to leap from the side stage to center stage by attracting 30 million “American Idol” viewers. “They’ve always been in music — it’s natural,” Ray Montoya said about his children. Welsh, 23, and J.T. Montoya, 21, have grown up around music. Their […]

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 means fun, entertainment

By Hanna Langan: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. What music means to me is fun and entertainment, and something I could enjoy in front of a crowd or by myself. I enjoy music and many different aspects, be it […]

Zias drop first four games in tourney

CNJ staff PHOENIX — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team has dropped four consecutive games in the Schutt Sports Division II Leadoff Classic, losing a doubleheader to Hawaii-Hilo on Wednesday by scores of 7-3 and 8-1, and falling Thursday to Central Washington 4-3 and to Cameron 10-5. The Zias (8-8) are slated to meet […]

Reporter’s notebook: Singer chosen to represent state

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer ZANESSA DODD SAID SHE watched the mail daily anticipating the letter from the National FFA Chorus. The Melrose High School senior, who has been a member of the Melrose FFA chapter for six years, has been selected to sing in the 2006 National FFA Chorus Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis. […]

Clovis boy sings with Bob Hope, Andrews Sisters

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: The following account was told by Chick Taylor Jr. It was at Eugene Field I became interested in music because of our Clovis schools active music program. We had music classes and operettas that were fun and exciting. In the first grade our teacher was Miss Pearman at […]

Music can aid future career

By Judy Gambill: 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. My mother made sure we had plenty of music in our home. She played the piano, and as a child she sang in […]

Music helps set everyday mood

By Courtni Jennings: Guest columnist Music is a huge part of my life. Every single day I listen to music or sing. I am in Ambassador Choir and so I listen to and sing those songs quite often. Life is better with music. It just would not be exciting without it. In my free time […]

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 […]

God comes to us — just as we are

By Curtis Shelburne At first the quotation I’m about to share may sound a bit cynical, but when you have a little time to think about it, I think you’ll agree with me that it is not only realistic and true, it is filled with hope. You see, when God came into this world “in […]