Monday, June 21, 2010

80s church dance music

Seriously ... this Provo band is really channeling what I think my high school years sounded like.

Pretty cool, Neon Trees.  You are musical "Animal"s for sure!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Water cooler chit chat

I wish I had a dollar for every time I've mentioned this funny Jim Gaffigan riff to someone in conversation. Who knows how many dollars that would be? (Maybe 10, maybe 40?)

This clip is really short, just a joke or two, but it makes me laugh because I can relate ... who hasn't watched a movie or TV show years after it was hot, and found that everyone else has totally moved on!?

I thought about starting "Lost" (haven't ever seen it), just so I could pull something like this in a couple of years, but it probably would take a couple of years to acquire and view all of the seasons of "Lost", and that's more time than I want to invest in that particular joke. The "Lost" ship has already sailed for me (or plane has already crashed, I guess)... but I'm sure I'll have other opportunities to be behind the times!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney

This song is exactly right.

Their story is one that continues to touch me, and I can't hear this song without wanting to sing along.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Don't be jealous (even though I would be!), but my mom and sisters and I got to see "Wicked" two weekends ago in Dallas. We had a great girls weekend & stayed in a cool hotel in downtown Dallas.

"Wicked" was ... wicked. Amazing sets, costumes, choreography, singing, music, lighting, theatricality. It's a keeper of a show (even though I cannot imagine any high school drama club that could pull it off.)

Of course, it also broke my heart. It's all about the ways we lose faith in other people, the way they disappoint us, the way our dreams are dashed. Yeah, I couldn't stop crying.

But it has hope too. And happiness!

I loved this song - "The Wizard and I" - and had lots of fun singing it with my mom tackling the accompaniment. (We are so lucky she can play anything!)

Monday, June 7, 2010

"Softly and Tenderly"

I have been asked to sing at the funeral of the son of a ward member, to be held midweek. The ward member's wife requested this song,  knowing that I love it, as does she. It's a beautiful old gospel tune, and I've sung it once before at a graveside service with Carol.

You'll have to click on the link - the embedding has been disabled - to hear Hank Williams singing his version. Although I'll be singing it with piano accompaniment, I would like to add it to my guitar repertoire. The melody and lyrics are touching.