Tagged with music

9-11 Stories of Hope

9-11 Stories of Hope

Today the United States of America marks fifteen years since the horrible terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In many ways “Nine-Eleven” seems like just yesterday, and in other ways, it seems a lifetime ago. This is a day we will always remember where we were, what we were doing, how we felt – and how it changed us forever … Continue reading

Between A Rock And A Lion

Between A Rock And A Lion

And… guess what? I spoke too soon. After 7 days of being in love with our house, those ‘perfect buyers’ are leaving us at the altar. Yep. I’m trying not to be despondent, but my heart is feeling heavy. “everything is going to work out,” “these must not have been the ‘right family’,” “the Lord has a different plan … Continue reading

Day 18.2 A Night In The City of Light

Day 18.2 A Night In The City of Light

Wednesday July 14, 2016 – Day 18 Part Two – Paris, France, Bastille Day – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ After having an amazing visit to the Anne Frank House this morning, we ate our final breakfast in Marriott’s beautiful church-turned-dining-hall, and then said farewell to Amsterdam. Our next agenda item was a  5 1/2 hour drive to Paris! Our bus … Continue reading

Day 17.2: A Rotterdam Embrace

Day 17.2: A Rotterdam Embrace

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Day 17 Part 2 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ After my fun morning “Lover’s Cruise” on the peaceful canals of Amsterdam, I returned to the hotel in time to grab my day-bag and load the bus for Rotterdam. We were on our way to our final performance of the tour. … Continue reading

Day 15: Brussels And The Bozar

Day 15: Brussels And The Bozar

Monday July 15, 2016 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ Today we left Frankfurt, and said our final Adieu to Germany. Parting is sweet sorrow. A piece of my heart will always be in Deutschland, and  I will miss singing “Gott sei mit euch…” . I hope we can return someday. But, we have other cities and countries to visit, new friends … Continue reading

We Interrupt This Programming For Some Love

We Interrupt This Programming For Some Love

To all of those who have been faithfully tuning in for the past 2 weeks reading my Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour series – Thank you, Thank you!! Don’t go anywhere – there are still 7 days remaining, and I can’t wait to share all the amazing stories! I am taking a short break today & tomorrow to do some much needed … Continue reading

Day 13: Jahrhunderthalle

Day 13: Jahrhunderthalle

Saturday July 9, 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ The most important and exciting thing about this day is our CONCERT tonight, at a place called the Jahrhunderthalle [The Hundred Year Hall]. #1. I just love saying that word Jahrhunderthalle! It sounds so epic –  like something straight out of Wagner’s … Continue reading

Day 8: At Home In Munich

Day 8: At Home In Munich

Monday, July 4, 2016 – Munich, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal ~  Authors Note: I am heartbroken and shocked that this pre-written story will publish on a day following a tragic shooting event in my beloved München. I have shed many tears. I offer my love and fervent prayers to all of my dear Münchner. May you feel loved, and find Peace and Healing! … Continue reading

Day 7: On Holy Ground In Vienna

Day 7: On Holy Ground In Vienna

Sunday July 3, 2016 – Vienna, Austria – MoTab European Tour Journal Today is one of the longest days of our tour so far. And this is one of my longest posts. But, if you hang on for the ride I promise to share a great story, and include lots of photos! Today is the Sabbath day, so … Continue reading

Day 5: From Nuremberg With Love

Day 5: From Nuremberg With Love

Friday July 1, 2016 Nuremberg, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal This morning we had a wonderful buffet breakfast at our hotel. We are still learning to pace ourselves with all the food and not feel like we have to ‘try it all.’ This hotel has an incredible selection of breakfast items – both European and … Continue reading

Day 3: And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Day 3: And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Wednesday June 29, 2016 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour – Berlin, Germany

Mr. Mo and I woke up bright and early feeling quite refreshed and ready to hit the ground running – literally. Right across the street from our hotel is the irresistible Tiergarten beckoning us to explore! Continue reading

Day 1 and 2: The Ninth Wave

Day 1 and 2: The Ninth Wave

Monday June 27 & Tuesday June 28, 2016 MoTab European Tour – Salt Lake City to Berlin, Germany The Choir and orchestra members, guests and staff total close to 600 people for this tour. Each person is allowed 1 large sized suitcase (shipped as freight a week ahead),  1 carry on sized luggage (to be checked on … Continue reading

The Foundation Will Be Deeper

The Foundation Will Be Deeper

The house made more progress yesterday! After getting its footings poured last weekend. It was then prepped just a few days later with large metal boards called forms or “frames”. We arrived later in the evening in time to see 7 men working diligently to get our entire basement framed. The following day my Dad … Continue reading

His Day: A Sabbath Song By Composer Eric Malizia

His Day: A Sabbath Song By Composer Eric Malizia

I Love New Songs! My own very talented friend Eric Malizia has written a new children’s song honoring the Sabbath Day – appropriately called His Day – and I am excited to share it with you today. The song talks about all of the activities that we can do on Sunday to make it a special, sacred day that honors … Continue reading

Sing Hallelujah! MoTab’s Sunday Film Shoot

Sing Hallelujah! MoTab’s Sunday Film Shoot

March 1st, 2016 is fast approaching! I hope you are planning to add your voice by then to the Largest Virtual Hallelujah Chorus with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Yesterday the Choir was involved in a high tech filming shoot.  I was participating for about 3 hours, but it lasted collectively well over 7 hours and involved hundreds of … Continue reading

I Believe In Becca

I Believe In Becca

As soon as you see her smile, you’ll never forget Rebecca Goeckeritz. Her smile is a reflection of her soul, which is like all the pure light in heaven packed into one tiny woman shining out to the world. Becca has been lighting up every room, and warming up every heart for about thirty-three years now, and I’ve been … Continue reading

“O Holy Night” – Garth Smith

“O Holy Night” – Garth Smith

Pianist Garth Smith gained popularity among music lovers for his sensitive and moving original arrangements of LDS hymns. He now shares his signature style with the Christmas classic “O Holy Night” in his lovely new music video. We see Smith performing in a beautifully decorated home, interspersed with magnificent still pictures from the video production “The Nativity” – retelling the birth story … Continue reading

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” – Christmas Video

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” – Christmas Video

“We all have our own journey of faith to make… and it should be celebrated” say the founders of FaithCounts who encourage people of all denominations “to look inward and reflect on the value of faith in [your] own [life] this holiday season.” As a celebration of faith, two A’cappella groups – Vocal Point and BYU Noteworthy – have … Continue reading