If any of you are regular (or irregular?!) readers of my blog, then you may (or may not) have noticed I haven’t been “keeping up” lately. I have taken a bit of a hiatus. Unlike my fellow WP blogger Abbey who admitted Why Blogging Scares [Her] , I have not taken a hiatus from blogging out of fear. In truth, I have not technically taken a hiatus from blogging at all. Far from it! Um…How do I tactfully tell you this? I’ve been keeping company with another blog. I’m sorry. Yes, it’s true. I don’t want to appear unfaithful. I love you so much. I just had an opportunity for another little side project. “It’s not you, it’s me”. I need to work on being a better multitasker. I know that is not a very good excuse because I’m actually an excellent multitasker. It’s practically my middle name, didn’t you know? - ”Mormon Multitasker Soprano”. But, that’s the only excuse I can come up with.
I’ve begun to realize that I’m in danger of compartmentalizing my life too much by trying to blog in two places. If I’m not careful, this blog shall become my “Sunday clothes” site, and the other one my “wild child” site. OK. It’s not (too) wild. That just sounded more cool. And, sorry, “No”. I am not going to share the link with you at this juncture in time (please don’t let the mystery haunt you).
So, moving on. What does this say about me? I don’t know. It doesn’t sound good. It seems to imply I am guilty of serving “Mammon”, as in;
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.” – see Luke, Matthew, or 3 Nephi
But, I don’t consider my blog(s) to be my Master(s), but rather my Child(ren). What parent amongst us doesn’t understand that each child in our family is unique, special and equally loved? And, sometimes one child requires a little extra attention. (This has happened multiple times over the past 22 years of raising my human children. Trust me. I know.). As hard as a parent tries to divide themselves, the other child(ren) may suffer. There’s no good solution.
At times like these, cloning is such an attractive concept!
The bottom line is; I love you, my child. I’m sorry I’ve neglected you. I thank you for standing patiently by, awaiting my return (hopefully).
Of course, the title of this post is seeped in irony. I’m obviously blogging NOW, so why am I making such a big deal out of it?
Guilt-ridden people tend to do and say irrational and/or dramatic things.
That’s it. Plain and simple guilt. I’ve now confessed my sin, asked for your forgiveness, and shall attempt to pay restitution by blogging here more regularly. Thank you for letting me unburden my soul.
Meanwhile, as I’m sitting here “not blogging”, I’ll share a couple of interesting Mormon-related musical tidbits of the week:
1. Katherine Jenkins , the popular Welsh opera singer, and recent Dancing with the Stars finalist will be the guest performer during this weeks annual Pioneer Day Concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Miss Jenkins has been asked often about her invitation to visit Utah and participate in this exciting annual program (also to be filmed as a future TV special). Here are some of her thoughts:
“I am looking forward to singing with the 360 voices of this incredible choir. It will be an honor and a pleasure.” - LDS Church News
“I’m really intrigued to find out more about the Mormon way of life.” - Express UK (British Tabloid)
“The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is very well-known around the world, especially to us in Wales. In Wales we share a love of great choral singing and I am also aware that other Welsh artists, such as Bryn Terfyl, have been over to perform with the choir.” – The Deseret News
Side Note: Jenkins’ Welsh nationality uniquely qualifies her for a Mormon Pioneer Day celebration. Many early Latter-day Saint pioneers emigrated from the British Isles, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir itself traces its earliest roots to an 1847 choir of Welsh Mormon emigrants.
[For a list of available broadcast and re-broadcasting of this concert click here.]
2. The Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii – part of the Brigham Young University Hawaii campus, announced it will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in September 2013. This beautiful entertainment and culture center is one of the hottest tourist destinations in Hawaii. It provides an excellent employment opportunity for the University students, offers community education, and promotes cultural preservation. People who attend the Center always come away with happy hearts from the lively professional-level entertainment, full bellies from the delicious evening buffet, and a renewed respect for the rich heritage of The Islands.
For those who will be in the Salt Lake City / Utah area here’s a little “extra” opportunity to experience the PCC :
“Performers from the Polynesian Cultural Center will visit Salt Lake City to help celebrate the center’s upcoming 50th anniversary. They will march with more than 50 Utah-residing alumni dancers in the KSL Days of ’47 Parade with their float “Voyage of Faith — Pioneers of the Polynesian Isles.” – Deseret News, July 18, 2011
I found this fun clip of a recent Hawaiian parade where both current and alumni performers from the Polynesian Culture Center entertained the crowd. I’m hoping the upcoming Salt Lake City parade will include some of this!