Sunday, May 11, 2008

my turn on earth

President J.Reuben Clark Jr. said, 'We get nearer to the Lord through music than perhaps through any other thing except prayer' (in Conference Report,
Oct. 1936, 111)."

For mother's day I must write about what has been on my mind lately. Joette will probably giggle about this...but she understands better than anyone: Mom, thank you so much for making sure we were apart of the stake play "My Turn on Earth". I was 7 years old and Joette 9. We were in the angel choir for the play and only sang the song "My Turn on Earth" twice- once in the beginning of the play and once in the end. We wore white. I wore the dress I would be baptized in. As simple of a play this was a serious testimony land mark in my life. Keith was a main character of the play. We lived, breathed, slept the words and music of that play for 6 months or so. To this day- 21 years later I still have all the words memorized to the music. It wasn't until recently that I noticed how simply perfect this play lays out the marvelous plan of salvation. You can seriously answer most of life's questions with a line or two from this play...well guess what Chay got me for Mother's day besides making chicken enchiladas for dinner?

My Turn on Earth Soundtrack!... it was like the feeling you get when you haven't seen a best friend for a long long time. So as 80's as this music might sound it brings me back to my childhood, dancing and singing in our living room- Mom do you know how one little effort on your part could be so monumental to me? I know it sounds so silly- but I am so connected to music and so hearing these songs is one of the most comfortable feelings ever.

So guess what will be playing in our car??? I know there is a lot cooler music out there to listen to- you know me- I have my all time favorite artists who are so incredibly talented...but I have to carry on mom's tradition- and....I would rather have Kenzie singing dorky mormon music than...Jonas Brothers? (who are these guys anyway? I haven't heard one of their songs. I just hear about them on the news. Am I so out of touch???....I feel so disconnected from some things..what is happening to me? I used to be so cool. I think it's motherhood and deciding what's really important and what isn't...losing my cool identity while at it. lol

Happy Mother's day.


Tara said...

Sounds like a great experience. I only had 'road show' experiences... nothing I really want to remember :)

Very cute shots of the girls and Chay!

EDK said...'s time to come home
But I'm not ready....
Ready or not.

I love My Turn On Earth
What an incredible lesson it teaches learn what we came here on earth to learn...and that is "to love".

Joette Tomblin said...

I'm totally cool and I have never heard of the jonas brothers or whatever... (: be your own cool...

Calie said...

Thats right I agree with your own cool. The Jonas brothers are not all that anyway. :)
I loved my turn on earth too. I was in the audience for one of the performances of that play. I was so captivated by everyones performances. I think thats when I realized there was more to Keith than meets the eye! I too love the power of that music. It makes me homesick. :) I love you April.

The Wright Stuff said...

I totally got the chills when I read that you got that soundtrack! I haven't ever seen it, or heard it, but I know exactly what you're saying! My dad had all these tapes that we would listen to when we would go on Family trips to California or Utah, and to this day, I still know the order of every song and whenever I hear one of them, the same feelings of anticipation and excitement to see my Grandma and Grandpa come flowing through my body! I love music! It is so powerful! I'll have to find "My turn on earth"! I still have those tapes that have the songs "I'm a Mormon", and "I'm a VIP in my family!" LOL They are treasures and my kids LOVE THEM!

The Wright Stuff said...

LOL Speaking of music, "ROCK WITH YOU" just came on the radio right as I published my last comment to you! Oh... those were good times! LOL

Emily Taylor said...

That is the sweetest picture of Chay and McKenzie sleeping. I think you should do a blog entry of your days in "Annie". Your tap dancing really stole the show. Let's hear it for July.

Heather said...

I love this!!! We listened to the sound track all the time growing up, in fact Hollie still sings one of the songs to Natalie.