Thursday, August 30, 2012

This Lady is Eighty!

 This lovely lady is my mother, Kathleen.
She has been a very devoted mom to me my entire life.
Always supportive. Always my cheerleader.
Very giving. Very hardworking. Very smart.
Thanks Mom! I love you.

Grandma K. with granddaughters #1 and #2 and one and only daughter, me.

Her granddaughters call her "The Queen"
and my husband calls her "Your Majesty."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Big Footsteps!

 Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong
who passed away today at age 82
was one of my childhood heroes.

I loved this photo taken by Buzz Aldrin
just awhile after his first steps on the moon.


I was just ten years old when he walked on the moon.
I will never forget sitting in front of our
little black and white TV
and watching it all unfold.

Photo taken from the Apollo 11
on July 21, 1969
10,000 nautical miles away.

I always looked at the moon
with great wonder after that
amazing and historical event.
And I always think of Neil Armstrong.

NYC welcomes the Apollo 11 astronauts on August 13, 1969
It was the largest parade in the city's history.
Astronauts Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin Jr.

I love this quote from his family at his passing:
"Neil Armstrong was a reluctant American hero who always believed 
he was just doing his job.
He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life
and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil,
we have a simple request.
Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty,
and the next time you walk outside on a clear night
and see the moon smiling down at you,
think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to School

First day of 8th grade
Cammy is ready to rock n' roll!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Golden Days Gala Online

 Photo from Mormon Tabernacle Choir Facebook

Wanted to share this lovely photo of the artists 
who performed for President Thomas S. Monson's
85th Birthday Party.
Here is a link for you to view the entire concert:

Saturday, August 18, 2012

"A Grand Night for Singing"

President Thomas S. Monson
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Friday night our entire family
along with my mother and brother
got to sing 
Happy Birthday
(along with 22,000 other people) 

to our beloved prophet
 Thomas S. Monson.

 All performance photos: Kristen Murphy, Deseret News

The party was held at the Conference Center.
Golden Days
A Celebration of Life
in honor of his 85th Birthday.
President Monson is a HUGE fan
of Broadway musicals.
So the event centered not only around
a portrait of his life of service, 
but was a celebration of songs that 
mean a great deal to him;
many of them from the musical theatre.

Rebecca Luker, a favorite Broadway singer of President Monson.

What a thrill to get to hear the wonderful Rebecca Luker.
One of my girls' favorite CD's while growing up was
The Secret Garden.
Ms. Luker played the original Lily in the Broadway cast.
She has also starred in Mary Poppins, The Music Man
The Sound of Music, Showboat,
and as Christine in Phantom of the Opera.

Rebecca Luker with The Orchestra at Temple Square

Ms. Luker sounded glorious. 
She opened with "Tomorrow"
from Annie,
which apparently President Monson has seen in ELEVEN
different languages!
She also favored us with "All I Ask of You"
from Phantom of the Opera,
as well as "Memory"
from Cats.

The evening was hosted by
former San Francisco 49er quarterback
Steve Young 
and Jane Clayson Johnson
former network anchor of
CBS's The Early Show.

 Dallyn Vail Bayles

A highlight of the evening for our family
was the performance of
professional actor, singer and recording artist
Dallyn Vail Bayles.
We know him and admire him not only as
an excellent performer but as a 
principled and good person.

 Dallyn proudly hails from Utah
and has played leading roles 
in Broadway touring productions of
Phantom of the Opera
Les Miserable
(He is also known for his portrayal of Hyrum Smith
in the films, Joseph Smith, The Prophet of the Restoration
and Emma Smith, My Story.) 

Friday night he sang one of the most
exquisite and flawless renditions of
"Bring Him Home"
Les Miserable
I have EVER heard.
(Standing ovation led by President Monson.)

Of course the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
was in top form as always,
under the direction of the incredible
Mack Wilberg!

 Metropolitan Opera singer, Stanford Olsen

Always a treat to hear distinguished American tenor
Stanford Olsen.
He has appeared in all the famed opera houses of the world
with the top orchestras
and his recordings have won critical praise
as well as Grammy nominations. 

Stanford Olsen kicked off the evening's theme
by singing the glorious song
"Golden Days" 
from Sigmund Romberg's
The Student Prince
(I performed in this operetta in high school
and it brought back fond memories.) 

He concluded the evening with a gorgeous and emotional
rendition of Stephen Adam's
"The Holy City,"
backed by the choir. 
I loved seeing him tear up as he sang
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem...
Hosanna to your King." 

President Monson waving at the performers. 

Midway through the performance
Mack Wilberg led the orchestra, choir and the entire
conference center in singing
Happy Birthday.

Such a fitting tribute for a man beloved by millions
around the world. 
It was clear he was delighted by
the entire event. 
It was so lovely to see his beloved wife, Francis,
who has been in poor health for several years,
there by his side.
He showed his trademark sense of humor
at the conclusion of the program.

So blessed to have been in attendance.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rooftop in Black & White

 Isaac Russell

Enjoy these great photos from Justin Hackworth
of Rooftop Concert Series #4 of 2012

John Allred

Book on Tapeworm

Take a bow Isaac.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Three more...


Came across these photos Coryn shot
over three different years
of Cait and her besties.



Monday, August 13, 2012


The Four Besties
(from latest photo shoot Coryn did of her sister Caitlyn and friends)

Coryn, daughter #2
is back behind the camera lens
after a 2 year hiatus.
She has felt a little "out-of-sorts."

I have reminded her it is like riding a bike.
She'll hop right back on
and her talents and eye
will come into focus.

Here are some samples of a 
on Coryn's blog.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blankets and Lullabands and Lovely Food

Always great to meet a talented artist
who is also very nice.
John Allred,
 a well-known cover artist
with a large fan base
opened our Rooftop Concert on Friday.

Looks like Coryn and John planned their matching outfits.
After meeting him
and hearing him sing live,
I am now a bigger fan than I was before.
What a terrific voice!

Scott and band talking with Velour's Corey Fox

Up and coming 
Book on Tapeworm
were next in the line-up. 
LOVE this band
fronted by Scott Shepard.
If I had been on one of the blankets
spread throughout the audience
I could have very well fallen
into a peaceful slumber.
Beautiful voices, harmonies
and songs by this "lullaband."

Book on Tapeworm during their set

The original band included
the talented singer-songwriter Emily Brown
who left two weeks ago
to begin serving as an
LDS missionary in
She handpicked her replacement.

The evening ended with headliner
Isaac Russell
who is a signed artist with
Columbia Records.
He has quite a fan base around the country.
An excellent singer-songwriter,
he told me his second CD with
Columbia comes out in a few months. 

The crowd obviously loved him
because before he came on stage
everyone stood up and crowded forward.

Our wonderfully supportive 
Mayor Curtis
has attended almost every concert since
the beginning of the series.
I have enjoyed my conversations with him. 

Can't leave without telling you about
the beautiful food in the Greenroom.
My job is made much easier because of the
sponsorship and preparations of
The Heirloom Group
who have been providing our meals
for the artists and their guests.

Mike Harris, the head chef
for the company
was awesome to work with.
They use fresh, locally grown
produce and meats.
Not only is their food delicious,
but it is a work of art.

The Heirloom Group
is the owner of
Pizzaria 712
Mountain West Burrito
who assisted with the arrangements.

One of my jobs is to make sure the tables look pretty
and that the food is ready to serve
right after the bands do sound check.

All went well
and it was another night to remember.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Hot August on the Rooftop

This is where I will be all day and night.
Quite the line-up. 
Some really good music 
from some very talented musicians.