Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Oh, Say Can You Sing?

Caitlyn was selected as one of 20 finalists who auditioned to sing the National Anthem at The LA Dodgers game on August 6th sponsored by LDS Open Auditions. The field of singers was narrowed down from over 700 who submitted CD's. From that number 500 were selected, the number then halfed to 250, and then 80 semi-finalists were chosen for live auditions in LA and SLC. These finalists were picked by producers, studios vocalists and professional musicians in the business. Singers came from all over the US.

In the letter announcing her as a semi-finalist it said "All singers should be aware that the Los Angeles Dodgers prefer the anthem to be sung in a fairly straight-forward manner..." As a vocal coach and singer I have always agreed with this. Our National Anthem should be sung with respect, dignity and with very little embellishment. That said, I was very proud of Caitlyn who chose to honor that request at her audition. I found it very interesting, however, to listen to the numerous contestants who took the opportunity to over-embellish and add many vocal gymnastics to the anthem. The simple beauty of the song is often lost when this occurs.

Anyway, the experience was a good one for Caitlyn. Best wishes to the six who won the opportunity to appear at Dodger Stadium.

You can watch other performances at

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Blessed, Honored Pioneer

This beautiful painting is courtesy of my friend, Robert McFarland (his wife Robbie is one of my dear long-time friends, and she is his promotions manager.) We are lucky enough to own one of his early paintings. Check out his work at:

Being the product of Pioneers who walked and walked and walked and get to the west, I felt it only fitting to post in honor of Utah Pioneer Days which we celebrate each year on July 24th. Utah We Love Thee! This is the Right Place...for sure. Don't pick the Sego Lilies. We love Seagulls. For some must push and some must pull. You get the drift. Pioneers rock. All is well.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Secondary Characters

A few years ago the girls and I drove up to Salt Lake City for a "Meet and Greet" with some of the actors from the Harry Potter movie series. After waiting for what seemed like forever, the actors emerged from their hiding places. We were not allowed to take our photos with the actors, as later on there was an opportunity to PAY to have your photo with them. I think it was for a charity. We passed. So in honor of the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (which book I finally finished, thank you very much) I give you these very odd photos.

Coryn attempting to get a photo with said actors:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Oh England!

This week I wish I was there...