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Eddie Maddock: Hip Hip Hooree’ it is 2023

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SedonaEye.com columnist Eddie S. Maddock welcomes 2023.

Sedona  AZ  Sure enough, the page has been turned on at least a few of the many calendars generally distributed prior to the end of a year. Not only have we changed calendars, but in just a few short days January will become history.

Even under stressful conditions relating to predicted economic uncertainties, City Council members are enthusiastically addressing both new and old issues with vim and vigor. For the record, our city council consists of Mayor Scott Jablow, Vice Mayor Holli Ploog, and Council members Jessica Williamson, Melissa Dunn, Brian Fultz, Pete Furman and Kathy Kinsella.

Just for fun how about we rewrite the words to a song with which most – if not all of us – are familiar, the Alphabet Song first copyrighted in 1835. If we apply it to the Sedona City Council, here is one possible version:

A – You’re AVAILABLE;

B – You’re BELIEVABLE;

C – You’re COMMITTED to the task;

D – You’re DEDICATED;

E – You’re ENERGETIC;

F – FACING FRIENDS and FOES at that;

G – You look GOOD to us;

H – HEROES in all our books;

I – ICONS of course in your own way;

J – JOYFUL people;

K – KIND individuals;

L – LISTEN while you hope and pray;

M, N, O, P we could go on all day;

Q, R, S, T alphabetically speaking you’re all OK;

U – YOU have the best of plans?

V – VARIED in efficient hands?

W, X, Y, Z.

City of Sedona Council chamber

It’s fun to take a trip, with words that could transmit, uplifting thoughts which might not fit!

*A variation of the above might include:  W – While smiling most all of the time; X – On the ballot sheet gave you your council seat; Y – only you can answer that; Z – if you let us down is there any doubt it’s Zippo if you don’t perform!

Now then, if by chance anyone happens to read this particular rendition of the 1835 Alphabet Song and finds it a bit too flattering, offered below is another version you might find more appealing:

ALPHABET SONG (version #2)

A – You’re ANNOYING;

B – Somewhat BORING;

C – Even CAUSTIC now and then.

D – Seem DYSLECTIC;

E – And EGOCENTRIC;

F – FAILING some of us again.

G – You seem GRIM to us;

H – HAVE you all missed the bus?

I – Stuck IN your little outer space?

J – JOIN the real world;

K – KEEP level headed;

L – LEAVE special favors at the door.

M, N, O, P – we could go on all day;

Q, R, S, T alphabetically speaking you’re all OK.

U – YOU fail to honor “stuff”

V – And VOTE for a bunch of fluff.

W, X, Y, Z.

It’s fun to take a trip, with words that could transmit, uplifting thoughts which might not fit!

So there you have it. Two versions of the Alphabet Song dedicated to all Sedona City Council members, past and present.

However and it would be unfair to dismiss acknowledging  the courage and dedication it surely must take for all candidates, winners, and losers to go through the process and run for City Council. Whatever the reasons for throwing their hats in the ring, the time and effort they spend researching and attending meetings indicates a dedication that many people do not have.

Isn’t it only fair to wish good luck to the City of Sedona during this new year of 2023 and many more to come?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

23 Comments

  1. Jason Williams says:

    Yes indeed. Very funny but sorta sad. My vote goes for Version #2. The truth hurts.

  2. Allyce Bork, Sedona says:

    second version points out radical democrats elected by weirdly pro growth anti environmental donor pals living out of state

  3. Viviana Than says:

    Disneyland Destroyers
    People like Harris, Brown, Newcom, Pelosi, Silicon Valley, Wokeshits
    Funded by China and Russia and Middle East oligarchs
    Hate CA middle class and CA poor whites, blacks, and browns in their towns
    Keep moving middle class out of state or put them on the streets in San Francisco and LA and Central Valley
    Use the cartels to keep them under control and supplying cheap drugs
    Tax the wealthy to pay California government salaries and programs
    Unnecessary if Disneyland hadn’t been destroyed by them.

  4. Sedona Haze says:

    God I love this site. Look at Atlanta riots this weekend by privileged white neo Marxist domestic terrorists pretending to be for racial equity. YOU DUMB WHITE FUC*ERS Atlanta is a majority black city run by a majority black government and patrolled by majority black police force. Atlanta already has equity because of capitalism and democracy because blacks are only 16% of the US population and less with all millions of illegal immigrants uncounted. BTW one of the Atlanta terrorists is the jobless shiftless wealthy pro Nazi son of a Maine family who with his socialist communist well to do friends covered their pasty white faces and shoot at cops and destroy businesses in my majority black hometown due to ELECTIONS not privilege. Take time NOW to look at Seattle where I used to work because it is a pit stop on the pimple of life with boarded up businesses, bullet holes in walls, and druggies camping on the streets and city hotels and housing and businesses destroyed after the summer of riots. Illegal Cartel members from Mexico are being bussed to NYC and other places to clean out malls and stores to steal thousands and thousands of merchandise. Maybe what we can’t find in Sedona stores is on a truck to St Elsewhere? Stop indoctrination by media and have the guts to put this up and tell city council to get off their white privileged asses and leave Sedona alone. We are to blame in Sedona for indifference. Appreciate Sedona Eye Maddock.

  5. Sedona Keith says:

    thumbs up jason et al

  6. HA says:

    Yea ok Sedona Haze.. OMG you are a riot lol

  7. @ Vivian says:

    You can’t even change local elections what makes you think anybody cares about what you post on Sedona eye just another set of complaints imagined

  8. Wm. D. says:

    Isn’t it amazing how a humorous twist to a popular song can so quickly bring out venomous attacks? That seems to be the climate of the world population – anger, anger, anger. Doesn’t anyone besides Eddie Maddock have even a shred of humor in them?

    As if Sedona doesn’t have enough problems, why must the majority of comments on Sedona Eye be linked to unrelated situations? Don’t we get enough coverage on national and global news bogus reporting that takes attention and focus beyond Sedona City Limits? An effort to continue the practice of what they don’t know won’t hurt them?

    People, lighten up. Take time to smile even when the roses aren’t in bloom. I’m still laughing over version 1. Didn’t Jablow label Maddock a blight on Sedona? Maybe the Mayor will prove to be the blight of Sedona and Maddock can write version 3.

  9. Dan says:

    good one

  10. Josephine W. says:

    Your point is @Practice Empathy? To whom are you addressing your request to practice empathy? Surely not for the Sedona City Council? If so, then why? They chose to run for the position and the reason for incorporated areas to have councils is for the purpose of representing the voters in the designated area and NOT for what they personally think is best. Is your comment just another example of someone attempting to divert the subject of the article to a faraway place to cover up maybe dirty little secrets? How typically the trend of today’s Sedona?

  11. Andrea, Sedona says:

    can’t wait to hear empathy in sedona totally unknown here

  12. Lisa D says:

    Oh yea “sedona blight” a comment that was mad 8 plus years ago.. Hold on to BS much!!???

  13. GNS, Sedona says:

    OMG @Lisa D. “Hold on to BS much!!!???”

    Referencing your remark “a comment that was made 8 plus years ago” you set a fine example of the saying “it takes one to know one.” Go girl!

  14. mshobert says:

    Losers United.

  15. Karen says:

    City needs a lot less residents and lot more businesses and tourists to keep tax revenue up.

  16. @Lisa D says:

    One does not have to “hold on” to something in order to remember it.

    In this case, being as the rude comment was made by a public figure who is now mayor, and being as the rude comment was never sincerely apologized for, it is still newsworthy, always will be, and is certainly not mere “BS.”

    It is also part of a pattern of uncouth rudeness in light of the mayor’s behavior during the recent campaign in which he willfully ignored the extended hand of his challenger after one of the debates. That Sedonans could elect such a one as this is the true blight.

  17. Lisa D says:

    @GNS

    am not the one that keeps bringing it up like a badge of honor …I don’t have to hold on to OLD BS cause there is always a new crop I can read here.. Including yoursFYI

  18. Bob, Uptown says:

    @lisad. @GNS. Bedtime. . . put down the daily libations and say goodnight.

  19. Sedona Haze says:

    To my points Sedona proves its indifference to sustainability and practices ecoterrorism with its council decisions.

  20. An Observation says:

    Those who persist on turning a lighthearted article into a source of negativity apparently have a sharp ax to grind w/Sedona Eye or whatever/whomever? Some grudges appear to be even more ancient than “OLD BS” @Lisa D.

  21. Tricia Prescott says:

    Sedona is losing its value overriding visions of a secured future. Politicians say anything including the big lie because people let them!

  22. Wayne, Sedona says:

    Gas prices up, inflation rising and rising and rising, layoffs through the roof, how can people live like this? Sedona can’t survive this local administration leadership and policies. Our job market is wonky because it’s tourist based and people don’t get it that the border is creating a near future hell for Sedona. FIGURE IT OUT city hall and put the bulldozers for slumyard ADUs away. We don’t need more for less since they’re here now and need to go.

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