Getting Personal: Singer-songwriter Arlie Neaville

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Getting Personal: Singer-songwriter Arlie Neaville

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

I get up at 4 a.m. I have coffee, watch TBN, pray and read the Bible. I eat breakfast and make my list of things to do for the day.

What did you have for lunch today? Where? Who with?

A bowl of vegan vegetable soup, at home with my wife, Judy.

Best high school memory:

Hanging out with my best friends and playing music.

Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes.

The ones I have on.

What does a perfect Sunday afternoon include?

Our gospel sings at Lincoln Square and our Urbana Civic Center free dinner sing, which is Dec. 20. Also, spending time with my family and friends.

Was there one book you read as a child that you still cherish? Own? Read?

The Bible, (which) I own and read.

Where on earth are you dying to go? Why?

Heaven, because there is no sorrow.

Tell me about your favorite pet.

Cookie the cat. She is 17 years old.

Have you discovered as you matured that you are becoming like one of your parents? Which one and how?

Yes, (like) my grandmother in the Christian faith.

What would you order for your last meal?

An organic vegan meal.

What can you NOT live without?

Jesus Christ.

Who do you have on your iPod?

Don't have an iPod.

What's the happiest memory of your life?

The day I gave my life to Jesus Christ.

If you could host a dinner party with any three living people in the world, what three people would you invite?

Billy Graham, Oral Roberts and Paul Crouch.

What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Give your life to Jesus.

What's your best piece of advice?

Give your life to Jesus.

What was your first job, and how much did you make an hour?

I worked in the sawmill for $1 a day.

What was a pivotal decision in your career, and how did you arrive at that decision?

At 17, I decided to be a full-time singer-songwriter, because people liked my music and I was encouraged, (and) I have been doing (it) for 55 years.

Do you have a bad habit? What is it?

I put my foot in my mouth too much.

How do you handle a stressful situation?

I give it to the Lord in prayer, and I laugh a lot.

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