Lot 48: summer weekend happenings

July 13, 2015

summer weekend happenings

it has been a while since my last post! almost a week! that's terrible! but last week was so fun, i just didn't have any time at all to blog, which is good because that means i was out livin' life!! last week i met one of my good friend's new baby, had lunch with my grandma, had to say goodbye to my friend as she moved to texas (sob) and then did the things that we will talk about here because they are so extraordinary!! 

my dad is a musician and lead guitarist in the rock band he's had since i was about 10.  he raised me and educated me on rock  music.  i have such good memories of him driving me to school and blasting music so loudly we couldn't talk to one another.  i have good memories of him just having his knee scoped and while i was taking care of him during his recovery, him asking me to play the eagles concert dvd he had and to "turn it UP."  of playing james taylor Christmas and the carpenter's at Christmas and telling me over and over again what a beautiful alto voice she had.  you name a great rock band from the 60s or 70s, i know it.  

and the beach boys are no exception.  when i was 17, i got called onstage by one of the original beach boys to dance on stage with them which i did with such excitement and vigor that i tripped on my high platform shoes and was quickly escorted off the stage.  but it wasn't just the beach boys my dad educated me on.  it was brian wilson. 

i remember my dad telling me about brian wilson from as early as middle school.  brian wilson, for those of you who don't know (whyyyy?) is the genius and brilliance behind the beach boys.  he wrote all (most? i don't know everything) of the beach boys songs and has a form of schizophrenia.  i don't really know how to explain to you fully the genius that is brian wilson without making this a very, very long post and giving you a basic piano lesson as well, (guitar if that's you're fancy), so just believe me when i say that brian wilson is not only a song writer but a composer.  he is the rock version of beethoven.  that's the simplest way to put it.

so when love & mercy came into theaters and my dad said he was taking a day off work to come up for brian wilson's concert (which he NEVER does) it was like all the stars aligned.  the three of us saw the movie mere hours before the concert and it was absolutely phenomenal and incredible and well done and just WOW i can't wait to go see it again with taran.  then we went practically straight to the concert.

whew.  was that a long winded way to tell you what concert i went to with my parents and hubs? 
the concert was held at an outdoor amphitheater, hence the blankets and chairs. my hair looks weird.   
there they are!!!!!!!!! there is brian at the piano and al jardine is next to him in the white coat.  after we watching the movie, we were wondering if brian liked the movie or not.  but a few times throughout the concert, he referred to it as "my movie" which was a good sign, so i guess he liked it! and at the beginning when he asked "has anyone seen my movie yet?" i screamed so loud! 

the concert ended but i stayed put for the encore even though my parents didn't want to hit traffic and taran had work early in the a.m. but i wanted to rock so they all left and i stayed and they played "fun fun fun" and i was just oh so happy and then brian played "love & mercy" and i nearly cried and i guess i'm that fan.  

the trail that took me back to my car passed the tour buses, which i was really happy about.  as i was passing them, i could see one bus leaving and the gate opening.  i knew it was brian's so i brushed away the bushes and leaned against the gate and was just standing there trying not to yell "BRIANNNN!!"  then the bus started pulling away and i somehow started kind of chasing it and waving at it and blowing it kisses and all kinds of crazy/creepy fan stuff.  and then i saw the license plate and i about died.

the license plate said "PETSOUNDS."  why is this meaningful?  i only really understand this because of two things: what my dad has told me and also, the movie and my own resesarch.  at the height of the beach boys career, brian decided he really hated touring and and wanted to be taken off the road.  the band said "fine, fine! that's cool man! smoke some doogies and stay home and write us some tunes, man!" what brian wilson created was a piece of gold, a record entitled pet sounds.  that album includes "wouldn't it be nice" and "god only knows" which my dad says paul mccartney claims is the greatest song ever written.  i think it is.  it is so complex and unique, it's incredible.  pet sounds was ranked #2 on rolling stones top 500 greatest albums and paul mccartney named it one of his favorite albums of all time.  also to note, this album was considered a solo album for brian per say, as he wrote it alone, at home, with no feedback from his band while they were touring.  in the film, when they get home and see what he wrote while they were away and begin recording pet sounds, they are NOT HAPPY and are like "what the what man, what happened to our sound." point is, the rest of them were idiots and brian was a genius. just listen to brian.

regardless. brian is a genius. i hope i've convinced you. 

the next day we took the littles to this is the place heritage park.  as most of you know, utah was founded by mostly members of my church, the church of jesus christ of latter day saints, or LDS members.  this park recreates that time and has a million really fun 1800's era activities to do.

you can take tours in each of the houses as they each have significance to our founders.  sounds boring and i think i would be bored but did want to take a tour to at least one. 

the kids loved the train the most.  they were just beside themselves with glee about riding the train around the park!! 

i've said it before and i'll say it again, i cannot and will not stop taking selfies with my babies. 

and now i have a great friend to introduce you to, llinos from the lilac linnet.  llinos lives in england and i just love her british narrations and ways and her book recommendations.  there are so many things to love about llinos and i know you will love her too! 
what is your favorite holiday? 
Does my birthday count? I love that it's my special day.  I love going out for dinner with friends and eating cake to celebrate.  I enjoy reflecting on the past year and making plans for the next.

if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?  or where is the fav place you have been that you loved?
I can't choose a fave place that I've been, that's sooo hard.  If I could go anywhere right now, I would go to the Palace of Versailles.  The history and the beauty of it would be enchanting.  I'd have a picnic in the grounds and enjoy the atmosphere.

if you had to marry a celebrity, who would it be?
I love this question! I would marry Johnny Depp.  The video of him dressed as Jack Sparrow visiting a children's cancer ward made me cry.

what is your dream job?
To be a writer and to be able to sell my crocheted items.  Luckily through my blog and my stories, I'm on my way.

thanks so much for answering the questions so we can get to know you better llinos! hope you all had a great weekend! 
Bella And The City


  1. Ah! I work in the music industry and one of my former bosses was Al Jardine's booking agent. I've done a little bit of work with some of his shows.

  2. Oh wow I love the Beach Boys!!!! I also love The Beatles and Thin Lizzy. My dad's a guitarist too.

  3. I am so jealous!! I totally grew up on The Beach Boys and will always love Brian Wilson. I need to see the movie.

  4. Being busy living life is a good thing, I also really like the Beach Boys.....................

  5. I love that you have that connection with your dad! Brian Wilson is a musical genius!


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