Rewrite The Stars………….

Introducing: a VERY special “guest artist,” who really isn’t just a “guest artist.” Rather, she’s the “BEST artist” for us to collaborate with — Steve’s wife, Julie Nelson! Some of the story behind the song: “I think life comes at us in seasons. I’ve thought a lot about this. When you feel like you’re in winter, you get that feeling that everything is bleak — and that you’ve got nothing to look forward to. The sun is gone; it’s completely overcast in your life. Those are the times for me when I’m feeling writer’s block, I’m feeling depression, I’m feeling complete struggle, just wondering whether I can even weather the storm. Then I feel like all of us have this invincible summer within us. It’s people, places, memories that we can draw upon that make the sunlight come out. To me, that’s what Julie is. I look back on all the memories we have together. Each and every one of them coalesce and overcome all the difficult times and the struggle. All I think about is the love I have for her and who I am because of her. I wish I could even portray, with music, what she means to me. I can’t. There’s just not music beautiful enough. However, I want to give it my best shot. So for the first time, in all the years of doing the Piano Guys, I finally get to play beside my inspiration: My wife, Julie Nelson.” –Steven Sharp Nelson Watch more of the story here: This video was filmed on the campus of the University of Utah where Julie & Steve first met. Credits: Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul The Piano Guys arrangement produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson Written by Al van der Beek, Jon Schmidt, Julie Nelson & Steven Sharp Nelson Performed by: Jon Schmidt: Piano Al van der Beek: Percussion Julie Nelson: violin Steven Sharp Nelson: acoustic & electric cellos, cello percussion Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios in Utah Video produced & filmed by Paul Anderson & Shaye Scott Edited by Shaye Scott Lighting and stage production crew: Richard Payson, Cole Adams, Jason Hardell, Nick Bellendir & Isaac Taylor ClearLamp AV Filming location: Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah

Gray Whale, the Tale of the Tail……

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Gray whale

Gray Whale Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Eschrichtiidae
Genus: Eschrichtius
Scientific Name: Eschrichtius robustus

Fluking is done when a whale raises its tail to the air. This often happens when the whale is just about to dive.
As its head is pointed down, the tail automatically rises out of the water before disappearing for a good while while diving.
This is known to be done by humpback whales, blue whales, sperm whales and others.

The whale blow is a classic sight. It happens when a whale surfaces to empty its lungs from air and then breath new, fresh air in again.
Unlike fish, whales cannot get oxygen from the water and need to surface to breath in air.
It is done between the dives and it is sometimes done many times in a row. The blows are different for different species so they can be used for identification.

Below is the captain notes from our whale watching excursion:

On 1/30/18 in the morning:  6 gray whales and Pacific White Sided Dolphins

On 1/30/18 in the afternoon:  7 gray whales

Afternoon Cruise: We saw 7 whales total. The first 3 whales were within 2 miles of Pt. Loma. We followed them for several miles with good views until they became boat-shy. We found another pair several miles away which gave us great spouts and flukes and we followed them to the Mexican border. Heading back to the Point we encountered our last pair of whales. We watched them until we ran out of time. The trip ended with one of the whales swimming directly under the bow of the boat.

The annual migration of the gray whale is one of the longest mammal migrations averaging 10 to 14 thousand miles round trip.  The whales leave the Bering and Chukchi Seas and head south for mating and calving season.  The whales travel south to the lagoons in Baja California, Mexico.  This trip last 2-3 months and the whales stay in Baja for about 2-3 months to “fatten up” for the return trip northbound.

The gray whale has a dark body with gray patches.  The whale skin is covered with white barnacles and orange whale lice that live on the whale its entire life.  The whale can live 55 to 70 years.  The adult species is about 45 feet in length and weighs 40 tons.  The calves are 15 feet long and weigh from 1,500 to 2,000 pounds at birth.

The Tale of the Tail

A poem by Pam Taylor

Once there was a girl who loved to go whale watching

She enjoys the salt laden mist blowing across her face

The Hornblower heads out from the harbor into the expansive Pacific Ocean

There are a flurry of sights to internalize and photograph

The mirrored glass of the downtown buildings reflects the luminous sunlight

Ebony cormorants are fishing from the rickety wooden pier

California sea lions lazily sun themselves on the buoy markers

The brown pelican glides low and close to the water surface

Peripheral vision allows the “puff” of air to be seen

The exhaling breath explodes like a pressure gasket from a broken seal

It won’t be long before the sight of the elusive tail appears

As the gargantuan beast prepares for the deep dive

Into the depths of the ocean floor.

Crustaceans such as amphipods and isopods

Slip through the baleen which filters the tasty morsels from the muddy grunge.

Success will soon be achieved for the girl who lived this tale.

The girl who yearned for the perfect “shot”of the tail fluke

Of the barnacle laden gray whale was seen

On that memorable day in January.

Azure water falls from the tail like a cascading river

Of refreshing precipitation.

The sun glistens on the water producing rainbow hues,

So brilliant that it is blinding.

Success, that perfect image is finally achieved.

A masterful coup over nature took place the day.

Now this tale will end with an exhilarated photographer,

One who is so grateful for the miracle of natures’ culmination

Of the tale of the tail.




Seasons–David Archuleta, Madilyn Paige

SEASONS featuring Madilyn Paige From the album ‘Postcards In The Sky’ Video by Dusty Barker iTunes: Amazon: Spotify: Tour Dates: Facebook: Twitter:

Seasons (featuring Madilyn Paige) David Archuleta, Archie Songs (ASCAP)/Stephanie Mabey, Wake Up Dreaming Music (BMI) / Dustin Christensen, Sand Puppy (ASCAP) Produced and Engineered by Scott Wiley @ June Audio Recording Studios Provo, UT Mixed by: Tyler Scott Strings: Dave Davidson, Drums: Aaron Anderson, Piano: Dustin Christensen, Bass guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, programming: Scott Wiley String Arrangement: Jason Webb Strings recorded by Bobby Shin at Little Big Sound, Nashville, TN

Seasons, Lyrics

Look what the time has
Come to rewind with
Back to where we began
The autumn leaves have
Dropped to our knees
I don’t think I can do it again

The winter winds can blow
But you and I both know
This doesn’t have to end

I never wanted to ask for this
I never did, I never did

There must be some kind of reason
We keep changing through the seasons
It gets harder to believe in
The reasons why we stop
When we just break each other’s hearts
All over
All over

I wish that I could stop
The ticking of this clock
I keep you right here with me

We’ll never make it far
If we’re just frozen hearts
When we’re so close to spring

There must be some kind of reason
We keep changing through the seasons
It gets harder to believe in
The reasons why we stop
When we just break each other’s hearts
All over
All over

It looks like (when will you see)
We’re just lying
Now the time (what you and I could be)
I will say
Could make it right
We’re just watching summertime
It’s (our) time to say goodbye

There must be some kind of reason
We keep changing through the seasons
It gets harder to believe in
The reasons why we stop
When we just break each other’s hearts
All over (There must be some kind of reason)
All over (We keep changing through the seasons)
All over (There must be some kind of reason)
All over (We keep changing through the seasons)
All over

Discovering Truth

What is truth, and how can we know it? President Dieter F. Uchtdorf explained: “The ‘truths’ we cling to shape the quality of our societies as well as our individual characters. All too often these ‘truths’ are based on incomplete and inaccurate evidence. … The thing about truth is that it exists beyond belief. It is true even if nobody believes it” (“What Is Truth?” [Brigham Young University devotional, Jan. 13, 2013], It is good to accept the fact that we simply don’t know all things. We can’t see everything, but our Heavenly Father can. We have been given the promise that if we will search for the truth, study it out in our minds, and ask with a sincere heart, it will be confirmed to us (see D&C 9:8; Moroni 10:3–5). Heavenly Father is pleased with us when we seek to discover truths. He loves teaching us line upon line, precept on precept. As we strive to learn and have faith in Him, He will bless us to see things as they really are. Subscribe to Mormon Channel for the latest videos: Download the Mormon Channel App iOS: Android: Follow Mormon Channel Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Pinterest:

Color in the Desert……

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As we were nearing Mesquite, NV we saw a hot air balloon in the distance.  It was 10:30 in the morning with the time change that just occurred.  We were able to see the very end of the balloon festival.  I looked up on the internet and saw an article about the festival which is linked below.

It was such a delight to see a kaleidoscope of happiness right before our eyes.  I’m a huge fan of hot air balloons and their brilliant colors that float in the atmosphere.  Breathtaking!

It is So Nice to Meet You……

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The boys were so excited to meet their new cousin, Stephanie.  Stephanie was in the hospital for 11 days and Alec and Emmett were not allowed to visit her because she had a weakened immune system.  Each new life is so precious to our family.  There is a special reverence as we look at this newborn babe. Every small detail down to her tiny hands and feet must be inspected.  How lucky are we to have this perfect little being in our family.  We know she left a heavenly place to come to earth and be with us.  It is our duty to be a good example to her and teach her the right things to do in her life.  We love you baby Stephanie.

    1. I have a fam’ly here on earth.They are so good to me.I want to share my life with them through all eternity.Fam’lies can be together foreverThrough Heav’nly Father’s plan.I always want to be with my own family,And the Lord has shown me how I can.The Lord has shown me how I can.2. While I am in my early years,I’ll prepare most carefully,So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.Fam’lies can be together foreverThrough Heav’nly Father’s plan.I always want to be with my own family,And the Lord has shown me how I can.The Lord has shown me how I can.Words: Ruth Muir Gardner, 1927–1999. © 1980 IRIMusic: Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938. © 1980 IRI

Discover Utah’s Loren Allred, the voice behind the hit song ‘Never Enough’ from ‘The Greatest Showman

Heather Hayes

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SALT LAKE CITY — If you thought actress Rebecca Ferguson’s voice in the Hollywood musical “The Greatest Showman” was too good to be true, you were right.The “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” star wasn’t shy in letting the public know during interviews that her vocal skills weren’t quite up to the task of portraying one of the 19th century’s biggest singing stars.That task, instead, belonged to former Murray resident Loren Allred, who made a name for herself in 2012 while competing on “The Voice.”“It was the chance of a lifetime; I was thrilled to be part of it,” said Allred of the opportunity to have her voice featured in collaboration with the acting skills of Ferguson, calling the pairing “a perfect match.”In the movie, Ferguson plays Jenny Lind, a 19th-century singing sensation who falls in love with P.T. Barnum, played by Hugh Jackman. During an emotional and intense ballad, the actress lip-syncs to Allred’s soaring vocals.
The song, “Never Enough,” has since become the No. 1 viral song on Spotify in the U.S. and globally.Loren Allred
Allred, 28, is now a New York resident, and she said she enjoys working behind the scenes and credits her work on “The Greatest Showman” as a game-changer for her career.“No one could have played that role as well as Rebecca did. She nailed it, and she has been so gracious and vocal about praising my work,” Allred said. “I’m really happy that the show decided to put the music first. It mattered to the director that the song was executed well instead of hoping it could ride on star power.”     Allred may not be a Hollywood heavyweight, but she once had a taste of the spotlight during her stint on NBC’s vocal competition, where she joined “Team Adam” and competed in the finals of “The Voice.”“It was an amazing experience, but for an introverted person it was mentally exhausting, just high anxiety all the time,” Allred said, describing feelings of being “picked apart” during the show. The producers said she didn’t act bubbly enough, and she felt she didn’t fit the persona they had in mind for her.“I started to feel like something was wrong with me, and I longed for a regular life again. The part I played in ‘The Greatest Showman,’” she said, struggling to fight back emotion, “is on my terms, and it actually is … enough, you know?”
Finding her voice in a family of singers.
Immersed in music from a young age, Allred and her three younger sisters moved from Pennsylvania to Utah when she was 14 years old. Her father is Salt Lake Choral Artists conductor Dr. Brady Allred, and her mother is renowned classical soprano Dr. Carol Ann Allred. The couple married during their early studies at Brigham Young University in the 1980s.“I had music around me at all times,” Allred said. “I’d wake up in the morning to the sounds of my mom teaching voice lessons downstairs, and sometimes I tagged along to my dad’s work at (the University of Utah) to watch him conduct. I often watched them in concert together — my mom singing solos with my dad’s choir.” 
Used with permission from Loren AllredUtah singer Loren Allred (middle), shown with her sisters and parents, conductor Brady Allred (far left) and singer Dr. Carol Ann Allred (far right).
Allred’s parents are convinced her penchant for music took form at an even earlier stage.“We felt that Loren was destined to love music because Carol Ann was pregnant with her while performing as the soloist for Mozart’s C Minor Mass,” said her laughing dad, Brady Allred, who conducted the piece for his doctoral concert. “So there she was, inside of her mom listening to all these arias for days on end.”While she grew up with a deep appreciation for the classical genre, Loren Allred said it was the discovery of a Mariah Carey cassette tape that changed things.“I started listening to that and got excited in a new way because at my house it was mostly just classical and choral stuff,” she said. “I fell in love with Celine Dion and Toni Braxton’s albums and as I’d try out my voice on these songs, I sounded better than I expected.”And while her parents say they supported her departure from the classical genre, they laughingly admit there were some bumps in the road.“When our daughters came home for Christmas recently, they reminded us of a time when Brady heard Loren struggling to belt-sing down in her room. That’s what you have to do when you’re trying new things sometimes — you make some bad sounds,” explained Carol Ann Allred. “So, he went downstairs in a huff, saying, ‘You’re hurting yourself!’”Their daughter eventually did find her way to a pop-and-soul sound that suited her voice, training under several teachers other than her parents, who said they wanted to remain part of her cheering section rather than becoming her critics. 
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Dave ReederArtistic director and conductor of the Salt Lake Choral Artists Brady Allred.
“Loren figured out the whole pop, belt-singing thing herself. That’s not something I do in classical anyway,” said Carol Ann Allred. “One time we went to a performance she was soloing in at school and during her number, Brady and I just looked at each other amazed and said, ‘Where did that come from?’”Singing for the worldUpon graduation from Cottonwood High School, Loren Allred said she was certain she wanted to become a recording artist. In the following years, she completed a year in musical theater from Weber State University, was crowned “Murray Idol” as the city’s top voice and then successfully auditioned for Boston’s Berklee College of Music, which helped nurture her bluesy-pop sound.At 19, Allred uploaded some songs to YouTube and was discovered by Grammy Award-winning record producer Ne-Yo, which ultimately led her to sign with the Island Def Jam label. Allred traded her life in Boston for one in New York City, and producers of “The Voice” soon approached the label looking for unearthed talent and saw Allred as the perfect candidate.After the show, Allred gravitated toward studio work. In 2014, she was invited to record demos and sing in “The Greatest Showman” ensemble for the little-known songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, whose breakout successes with the movie musical “La La Land” in 2015 and the 2016 Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” were just around the corner.Allred said she was “over the moon” to be asked to sing in the ensemble, but she had no idea they might actually use her torch-singing vocals for a solo in the movie.“They were writing ‘Never Enough’ with me in the room, and it was such a difficult song — it demands your entire range,” Allred recalled. “They laid down the melody, threw me in the booth and we recorded a scratch demo,” meaning a rough recorded draft of a song that eventually gets re-recorded by the star.But something was different this time. 
Utah singer Loren Allred
Used with permission from Loren Allred
Utah singer Loren Allred is the singing voice on the hit song “Never Enough” from the film “The Greatest Showman.”“People started saying there was a good chance I might be Rebecca’s voice,” Allred said. “But in this industry, we get used to things getting pulled out from under us, so I didn’t believe it at all until they had me meet with her, listen to her accent and watch recordings.”Ferguson hails from Sweden like her character in the movie, nicknamed “The Swedish Nightingale,” Jenny Lind, so Allred was charged with singing the song in a Swedish accent.In an interview with Collider last month, Ferguson discussed lip-syncing “Never Enough” and raved about Allred’s performance.“She is the most incredible singer. I am an actress and that is what I trained to do,” she was quoted as saying in the publication. “There is a difference in being able to sing a tune and hold it and do a fairly good job … (and to) play the world’s best opera singer … I just told her, ‘Loren, you go for it, girl.’”Allred will never forget when the movie’s director, Michael Gracey, played the edited scene for her, in which Ferguson’s lips were moving in time with Allred’s voice.“At that point it was real and I was bawling because you work and work and things don’t happen. So for this to become bigger than I had expected …,” she trailed off, then continued, “it’s been a dream.”Allred, who receives full credit on the soundtrack, said she has received messages from people all over the world letting her know they love the song.“The big dramatic ballad isn’t as stylish in the pop world right now,” she said. “But people were coming out of the woodwork from everywhere — Canada, Korea, China — saying ‘we love it, we miss those big ballads.’”What’s next? Used with permission from Loren AllredUtah singer Loren Allred poses next to a poster for the film “The Greatest Showman.”While she is being courted by various labels who have recently come knocking on her door, she has engagements to sing with Aaron Tveit at the Lincoln Center next month as well as with several orchestras and private events. She also has a project in the works with “The Greatest Showman’s” soundtrack producer.“I’m just enjoying the freedom to do things on my terms,” she said of her success.With recent triumphs like “La La Land” and now “The Greatest Showman,” it seems the public’s appetite for the Hollywood musical is still voracious. That’s good news for Allred, who has what she describes as a “natural chemistry” with the popular new songwriters behind both musicals, nicknamed “Pasek and Paul.”3comments on this storyBut even that duo doesn’t hold a candle to what Allred describes as her greatest source of musical admiration — her parents. They remain happily in her cheering section and thrilled to see her getting the recognition they think she deserves.“I went to a choir rehearsal at a high school the other day and the girls were just screaming because I’m Loren’s father,” said Brady Allred. “’Course, then one of the girls asked me, ‘Can you get us (“The Greatest Showman” actor) Zac Efron’s phone number?’ Such is fame, I guess,” he joked.