Sunday, April 28, 2013

Another appearance on that show where people burst into song....

 A diva sandwich? 
Caitlyn caught in the middle
with Sarah Jessica Parker and Lea Michelle.
I haven't watched GLEE much since the first season.
I've caught a few of the musical numbers here and there and only started
recording the show this season to catch Cait when Central Casting began
using her on the show.
In my opinion this was a show with such promise,
especially for those of us obsessive musical theatre types:)
But as soon as they started to take the focus away from the music
and 'created an agenda' with way 'over-the-top' characters,
ridiculous scenarios and relationships
they lost me.


Caitlyn said she spent most of the day in this gorgeous theatre.
After her "moment" in the scene she watched the following
musical number filmed over and over until they got it right.
On a personal note: I loved their staging of this piece.
It took me back to my university days when I performed this same
number in a showcase for one of my theatre requirements.
It's quite a poignant song.
And ballet was my first love.
"At the Ballet" from Marvin Hamlisch's A CHORUS LINE.
(I sang the part that the first girl (Santana) sings in the number.)
It's quite lovely with all the ballet dancers and children.
Watch it:



Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kiss Me, I'm Irish


My daughter recently found out she was on You Tube
Unbeknownst to her.
A few months ago some guy on campus
was giving out free kisses. 
Seriously.
And apparently he had a lot of takers.
My daughter told him 'no thank you,'
she had a boyfriend.
She's a bit more Scottish than Irish:)
Haha!
(That's her in the tan jacket.)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Best Vocal Reality Show on TV


If you enjoy amazing vocal talent.
If you like watching that talent coached and developed.
If you love a positive vibe.
If you like a supportive spirit of camaraderie.
If it makes you happy to watch dreams come true.
You should be watching NBC's THE VOICE.
If you've missed episodes you can catch up HERE.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rooftop Summer Season

I have decided to take a break from my involvement
with The Rooftop Concert Series.
Believe me it was a difficult decision.
I loved my experience with the series.
I made so many great new friends,
got to hang out with incredibly talented people.
And it was fun to have my family involved.

 Just hangin' with FICTIONIST, my favorite Rooftop band.

My plate is full with other projects.
Things I've put off for while.
I've neglected my health for a long time
and need to take better care. 
I've just had to let some things go.
 That said, here is the line-up,
and it is a terrific season!
I'll be in the audience.




Thursday, April 11, 2013

4 C's Reunite

Caitlyn was able to come home and join us 
for the birthday celebrations.
Always great to have these sisters together!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22...


 This girl.
Twenty-two.
Today.


 A "ginger" from the start.


 Ariel at heart.


We love you, Caitlyn.
Our California redhead.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tweet, Tweet



For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter.
It is apparently a compliment when someone retweets your tweet.
It is also very cool when a celebrity 
retweets you to all his followers.
This happened to my daughter, Court (Rain Coyote) this week.
And yes, she is a HUGE Josh Groban fan.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

New General Young Women Leaders


 I couldn't resist posting this meme:)
as a welcome to the LDS Church's new
General Young Women Presidency.
(And I understand Sister Oscarson loved it.)
She, along with Sister McConkie and Sister Marriott
 will guide, bless and watch over the wonderful
 Young Women of the LDS Church.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Quarter Birthday


 Birthdays are a great excuse to post cute photos from the past.
So here are a few of our sweet Coryn.
Daughter #2 has reached the quarter century mark.


 Coryn has always had a strange fascination with dinosaurs.
In fact, on one of our trips to a dinosaur museum,
we learned that there was a dinosaur with her name:
 How appropriate that Jurassic Park 3D would open on her birthday weekend.

 A few hours after arriving here on earth.
Heavenly perfection!
(and loving that first Binky)

Happy Birthday, my lovely girl!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Magical Music from Mika

photo mikauniverse
Went to Salt Lake City last weekend to see this guy in concert.

photo Coryn
Our friend Jenny who introduced us to Mika's music
came along with me and Court and Coryn.
In fact, 5 years ago we attended his concert at
the same venue.
Court was serving her LDS mission at the time
and so when we heard he was coming again
we just couldn't pass it up. 

photo Coryn
Mika is a huge star throughout Europe and Asia. 
He sells out concert halls and arenas. 
He is still lesser known here in the United States so lucky for us!
We have been up front and close to him twice in a very small venue
 of a few hundred people.

photo Court
Mika was born in Lebenon and raised in Paris
and makes his home in London.
He is a phenomenal musician with an incredible vocal range.
His falsetto is well developed and reminiscent of 
Freddie Mercury of the band Queen.

 photo Court
Mika loves Salt Lake City and that the audience
 loves to sing along with him.
At his 2008 concert the bus with all the equipment,
 instruments and props
got stranded in a February snow storm.
We waited outside the venue for 2 hours as they decided whether 
or not to cancel. But instead they scrambled to borrow instruments from local musicians and turned the show into
an acoustic set. 
Mika was so apologetic and even worried he would be booed 
off the stage. Just the opposite.
It was a memorable evening and an amazing concert.
 Everyone loved him.
He actually got quite emotional over the experience.  


 photo Morgan_sans_e
He even wrote a love song about Salt Lake City
and said that his 2008 concert here had inspired this particular
acoustic styled tour this year.
 Such a great concert with everyone dancing and singing along.
Because it is a standing venue I'll tell you I felt like
I had done a month's worth of aerobics afterwards.
But so worth it.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Evening

 Our family enjoyed a lovely and peaceful Easter Sunday.

 Perhaps with a bit too many indulgences for the sweet tooth.

 But festive nonetheless.

 I did ask my girls to please leave me a few eggs
untouched by 'pop culture.' Or they would have
all looked like these.
Don't even ask...
(These are for you Michaela.)

 Too many of these around the house.
But my vocal students will love the leftovers:)

Prince of Peace by Liz Lemon Swindle
 Favorite tradition of the evening is opening plastic eggs 
and reading aloud quotes found inside.
My favorite this year:

"The gift of immortality to all mankind through the reality of the Resurrection is so powerful a promise that our rejoicing in these great and generous gifts should drown out any sorrow, assuage any grief, conquer any mood, dissolve any despair, and tame any tragedy.  Those who now see life as pointless will one day point with adoration to the performance of the Man of Galilee in those crowded moments of time known as Gethsemane and Calvary. Those who presently say life is meaningless will yet applaud the Atonement which saves us from meaninglessness. 
Christ's victory over death ended the human predicament. Now there are only personal predicaments, and from these too we may be rescued by following the teachings of him who rescued us from general extinction."
~Neal A. Maxwell