Friday, September 27, 2013

Put a Ring on It

This is our engagement picture from 30 years ago.
I get a chuckle every time I look at it.
Bill didn't like to smile in photos for some reason.
It almost looks as if he has been trapped
 into this impending marriage:)
And doesn't it just scream early 1980's?
Notice also that my hand is missing something.
I guess he hadn't yet put a ring on it.
He did ask me three times to marry him.
Perhaps he was unsure if he heard 'yes' on the third try.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

50 years ago today

deseret news archives

Just two months before his assassination, 
 President John F. Kennedy spoke 
in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.
It was an historic occasion.
It was a time of turmoil, particularly regarding foreign policy,
interestingly, mirroring much of what we are dealing with today.
My mother's cousin, Oscar W. McConkie Jr.
was the President's point man
and helped write his speech.
You can read more and listen to the speech HERE.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Indie Love

 Beautiful stage design at Velour/ photo by Court

We attended Mindy Gledhill's album release concert this week.
Special evening.
I realize I post a lot about Mindy and her music,
but since she has become a friend and I have gotten to know her as a person
and not just as the talented singer/songwriter, 
I have truly come to admire Mindy the human being.
Her warm personality and giving nature are authentic.
She is a loving and dedicated wife and a mother to 3 handsome boys.
Her creative abilities amaze me. 
And, I think what attracts me to her most is her free spirit.
When she decided to become an independent artist she was brave
and hardworking and made things happen.
It has paid off and she has been able to create a career that compliments her family life.
I live vicariously through her:)

 Mindy joins Scott Shepard of "Book on Tapeworm" for a duet.

I  am a big fan of independent music.
I truly enjoy many of the local bands and solo artists
who have developed their music here in my city.
It is exciting to see the vibrant music scene and how much
it has grown in just a few short years. 
Many friends my age don't really understand my
'love affair' with indie music, art and film. 
My husband teases me that perhaps I was born 25 years too early.
 Most indie artists are in a much younger demographic, it's true.
But none of them have made me feel like 'their mother.':)
(In the late 70's I sang in a band along with my friend Marci.
We fancied ourselves to be very cool...ala 'Fleetwood Mac,'...a story for another day.)
I'll admit I do have eclectic tastes
and maybe I'll have to talk about that more in another post.

 I finally got a photo with Scott! 
I've been trying since I met him two years ago at Rooftop.
He is camera shy, as am I.
This guy has the most silky, soothing voice.
He fronts two bands: 'Book on Tapeworm' and the new 'Oceanear."
Scott actually saw me in the audience and came over to say hi 
and I talked him into a photo.

photo by Caitlin Connolly

A bonus after the concert was getting a big hug from this guy.
Robbie, and his wife Caitlin, better known as 'Hue & Hum,'
are two of my favorite indie artists and people.
(I gave Robbie this vinyl from my late brother Con's Beatles collection
when I learned he was a huge fan of their music. 
I knew Con would approve:)
It was the first album Robbie played after purchasing a turntable.)
He is lead guitarist for 'Fictionist.' 
They are signed with Atlantic Records.
(Cammy and I are looking forward to their concert next month with 'Imagine Dragons'.)
So, I guess until someone tells me to "grow-up,"
my adventures with the indie scene continue...

Monday, September 16, 2013


 Just had to share this.
The school bus didn't show up today so I postponed my walk
and drove Cammy across town to school.
When I saw this in the sky I pulled over into my husband's office lot
to take these photos.
Couldn't get over the vivid colors.
A heavenly painting.

Monday, September 9, 2013

"Up on the Roof" and how I fell in love with James Taylor all over again.

 photo by Katie Hatfield
 Friday evening I went with my friend Brenda to the Rooftop Concert.
After spending the last two seasons in the greenroom and backstage with the bands,
it has been interesting seeing the whole thing from the perspective of an audience member.
Brenda and I actually used this as an excuse to get together and catch up on each others lives
after a long, hard, hot, and crazy summer for each of us respectively.
And I'll admit the concert became background to our conversation,
(which was long overdue) and which I always enjoy so much with my good friend.

 It was a pleasant evening for the concert, not quite as hot as it's been, even threatening rain.
We claimed our spot, picked up a Sweeto Burrito from the restaurant row,
and sat down for music, people watching, and conversation.
And we watched as our view of the stage became obscured by the masses of college students
who prefer to stand during the entire show. Did I really once do that back in the day?

 Amy Whitcomb warmed up the stage with her powerhouse vocals.
I've been a fan of hers from way back when I first heard her in BYU's 'Noteworthy,'
 as well as on TV's 'The Sing Off.' Great also to hear her on this season's 'The Voice.'
I wish they'd let her sing a few more numbers.

 The New Electric Sound is a band you want to sing along with
 which I have done in previous concerts, however this time they sang
all new material which I didn't know, so they missed out on having me
as their background singer.:) I did though, know the last song of their set.

I couldn't even get a photo this time of Ryan Innes.
He sang with a full band
(some members of my favorite Fictionist)
and really got the roof rocking.
 I will say this:
I much prefer the Ryan behind the piano doing his acoustic sets
without the band and the horns and the frills.
No one sings 'Georgia on my Mind'
quite like Ryan Innes.

 photo by Coryn
 On Saturday evening Court and I, along with Coryn and my future son-in-law,
attended this incredible concert at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
Lucky us!!
The Choir was magnificent as always.
Utah Symphony, hands down one of the finest in the country. 
Mack Wilberg is a genius.
And Sweet Baby James...
I'd forgotten how much I love his music.

photo credit
James Taylor's music was part of the soundtrack of my teenage years.
In fact, one of the songs I first performed on my guitar in a junior high assembly, 
was his version of Carole King's 'You've Got a Friend,'
(for which he won his first Grammy a few years before (1972)
and gave Carole King a Grammy for Song of the Year,)
I'd never seen anything like this audience in the Conference Center.
People holding up their cellphone lights and swaying.
People singing along to their favorites.
People calling out their requests during the two encores.
A lady next to us was so excited she couldn't sit still.
JT even got a standing ovation BEFORE he even got on the stage.
Coryn and Scott sat down left front and waved at him in the dark before he was introduced
and he nodded and smiled at them. Court and I had prime middle center seats down front.
The songs he sang with the choir were so beautiful. 
I loved the harmonies.
His voice was as strong as it was 40 years ago.
4 standing ovations. 
He loved the experience with the choir and seemed humbled and thrilled to be there.
Read about it HERE:

Friday, September 6, 2013


The New Electric Sound photographed by Justin Hackworth

My daughter Caitlyn attended their concert last night at the famous
Viper Room in Hollywood.
And tonight I get to hear them again at 
The Rooftop Concert Series.
I enjoyed meeting them in the greenroom last year
and it is such a small world as they have recently moved
to Los Angeles and are Caitlyn's new friends.
I would describe their sound as retro Buddy Holly meets The Beach Boys.
Fun, fun, fun!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Boomdeeada Boomdeeaye...

Sara, Sammy, Milly and Cammy
 My friend Brenda sent me some photos from this year's
 girls camp, so I thought I'd post them.
(Thanks Brenda.)

 This is the 15th year my husband has attended girls camp at Mia Shalom.
 I guess being a dad of four daughters qualifies him for the work.
 (During that time he has also done his fair share of Boy Scout camps.)
Our girls have all thought it was pretty neat to have their
dad up there each year. I mean, how many guys will take
an entire week off work each summer to sleep in the back
of a van in chilly weather, chop wood, build fires,
haul biffy water, rescue canoes from the middle of a lake,
give Priesthood blessings when needed, take hikes,
certify girls on skill requirements, deal with girl drama,
and help write, direct and act in a silly skit?
Yeah, that's my guy.

 Cammy with her sweet friend, Rachel.

 Photo: Julie Woodfield (Thanks!)
Sammy, Sara and Cammy.