Friday night my good friend Carla called and invited hubby and I to go with her and her husband to see the Mormom Tabernacle Choir sing with the Osmonds. I was really not very excited to go and my poor husband, after the Les Miz thing, was less then enthusiastic. Maybe I should fill you in on my not really wanting to go.
I grew up in Utah and the Osmonds were like royalty here when I was a teenager. I do not like Marie (so sorry Marie, don't know what it is, but it's the truth). I have never been a big fan of Jay or Jimmy either. I met Marie, Jay and Donny once and two were very stuck up and one was sweet as can be. I'm sure they used to get teenage girls drooling all over them so maybe that was why they were less then friendly. But I really thought they used to get way more attention then they deserved. (I have changed my mind on that now.)
BUT Donny...excuse me for a moment of heavy breathing. I have always loved Donny!! I was a closet Donny lover, couldn't let my friends know the truth, they would have made fun of me. I took my daughter to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat when it came to Salt Lake and when he walked out on stage in a loin cloth and no shirt she lost her breath and asked if he was married. (She was about 8 at the time and was very disappointed when I told her, yes he is married AND has 5 sons) I am sure I lost my breathe too. You should have seen him. GROWL! Must run in the family. I also had a smidgen of a crush on Merrill. And he is still looking so good!
I have only seen the Choir once. When they sing live it sounds just like their recordings. I really was impressed. But with the Osmonds there I thought it might be a little weird. The program was held at the LDS Church Conference Center which holds about 22,000 people (I think) and every seat was filled.
The choir came in and took their seats and sang three songs and THEN the Osmonds came out. I actually forgot about Edward Cullen for 90 minutes. They sang Down By The Lazy River and their dance was exactly the same as they did 36 years ago. And they can all still move. I was suddenly back in 1972. Dancing in my seat and clapping and feeling like a teenager. And on they went, One Bad Apple (without Donny's high voice but he still has the moves...am I grossing anyone out? sorry) and Yo-Yo. Donny sang a song called Whenever You're In Trouble that he had written when one of his sons had been on a mission and sent a text saying he just wanted to know his Dad was there. Such a beautiful song, I even got goose bumps. (I did mention this was Donny singing didn't I?) The whole family came out and sang Through The Years and ran a slide presentation during that was so touching. The whole Osmond family was in tears and it was hard not to cry too. The last song they sang was Are You Up There and I Believe. They invited Tom and Virl up on stage and they signed the songs. The whole group got two or three standing ovations. I turned to Carla and said, "Donny wants me!" She burst out laughing....can you imagine?? I know she loves me but I am sure she sees things much clearer than me. (I can still dream that Donny wants me!) One of my favorite parts was when Donny and Marie were singing their hits and Donny turned to the Choir and said, "I have always wanted to do this." He had the men stand up and they sang I'm a Little Bit Country. Then Marie had the women stand up and sing I'm a Little Bit Rock and Roll. Classic! The Choir singing those lines. Loved it!
It turned out to be a great performance and I really am glad we went. Thanks so much Carla (and Heli) and thanks to Pauline for fanning us against the heat. You are the best!