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“You’ve put callouses on my fingers, but removed them from my heart; ” (to my beloved guitar)

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The most valued physical object that I own?  my guitar. No question. None at all.

    My guitar is one of my most constant and trusted friends. It brings me happiness and also gives voice to my deepest sorrows.  It can serve me in social situations, or it can happily be my lone companion. Whether I’m surrounded by others or feel as lonely as did Moroni when he was abandoned, I can always rely on it. Day or night, it is unfailingly there for me.  

      Over the years, my guitar and I together have intimidated a boy or two; apparently it’s hot when a girl can play, but not when she’s better than you.  (hope that doesn’t sound arrogant!) Through ups and downs, and then more downs, my guitar has never let me down, even when others have.

    So here’s to you, dear Washburn. You’ve put callouses on my fingers, but you’ve removed them from my heart.  You’ve seen me cry more than any human has. You are my soul, my love, and my friend.  Thank you.  

❤ Katherine Anne

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Badge

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I just got a Facebook Badge (on the right-hand column)!  Cool!  So add me if ya wanna….

But I won’t BADGEr you ’bout it 🙂

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Badge is an interesting word.  It’s one of the words that is not super rare but not super common either.  What does it even mean?  We all kinda know intuitively but it can be hard to pinpoint an exact definition, know what I mean?  And although Ms. Natasha Bedingfield claims we “don’t need a dictionary helping,” I actually did consult one in this case:

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Fascinating….

(this is not my fave JM song, but I still appreciate it)

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“This house is safe and warm, but I was made to chase the storm.”

oh my gosh, this lyric TOTEZ reminds me of a speech

that was given at BYU a few years ago!

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Ships are safe in the harbor

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by LDS General Authority Claudio Costa

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(read here!)

girl you are waaaaaay off topic, get back to the basics

basics christina!

back to Badge, you smart-aleck!

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I read some stuff by Stephen Crane in an American Lit class at BYU.  Interesting.  Lots of violence, if I remember correctly.  Used stylistically and to serve a purpose, but still I strongly dislike the subject.  Just sayin’.

getting off topic again…

BADGE!

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Friends:  What do YOU think of the word “badge“?

PS.  Go count all the cool stuff in the post.

Do I stay that too often?

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“I write posts for you and for me.”

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This was HEAVILY inspired by Ms. Natasha (shocking, I know).  Her twitter tagline:

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love this idea.  I write to express my own self, to get things off my chest, to make something beautiful, to send a strong message, to bear my testimony, and to exercise my talents.  But I write for others, too.  To inspire them, to annoy them, to intellectually stimulate them, and to call them to action.

My blog is for me AND for you. 

*go look again at that first picture; consider everything in it and ponder why I chose it instead of a more professional-esque one….

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“When you trust the television,

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what you get is what you got.”

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‘cuz when they own the information,

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 they can BEND IT ALL THEY WANT!

~John Mayer

*That first picture is a still from

Kurt Vonnegut’s short story

“Harrison Bergeron.”

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More to come on these ideas.

Much more.

*PS.  Although I don’t hate everything he says/does, I am not a huge fan of Piers.

PPS.  Although I don’t hate everything he wrote, I am not a huge fan of Vonnegurt (but that short story I mentioned is an intellectual and literary gold mine!).

PPPS.  Although I don’t agree with everything he has done in the past, I AM QUITE POSSIBLY THE HUGEST JOHN MAYER FAN EVER TO WALK THE EARTH!

me and johnny!

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James Joyce and Jason Mraz went to Mormon Primary?!

Nopers.  But they do relate.   Let Ms. Wilkinson explain:

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STREAM.  OF.  CONSCIOUSNESS.

what's phrase?

this video might clear things up a lil’

still don't get it!

In layman’s terms, stream of consciousness refers to a thought process of flowing psychological associations and often incorporates different senses and stimuli other than simply verbal, such as colors (yellow, anyone?).

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Stream of consciousness has been described as a loose interior monologue of the writer or narrator’s thoughts.

  thought bubble!

Cool!brain!!!

The Modernist writer James Joyce is a well-known name associated with it.  Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is also a champion of this literary technique and even makes specific mention of it in his oh so awesome song “Wordplay” :

Jason Mraz is a HUGE influence on me, btw.

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And James Joyce?  Meh…

ImageOh, and Jimmy not meaning to be rude, but lemme show you someone who can REALLY play that 6 stringed instrument that you hold with such seeming lack of confidence:

crossfire guitar!

(I was wearing a flesh colored shirt under that dress by the way.)

Not really.

Hope my readers enjoyed that brief thrill of my smooth and silky shoulders.

Glad I could spice up your day a little bit.

Thunderbolt of blasphemy.

(time to impress everyone with your mad bookending skillz)

Anyways, girl didn’tcha learn to dress more modestly when you were just a wee lass?

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Like in Primary?

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BYE!

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A new perspective on Martin Luther

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            In his day, German theologian and philosopher Martin Luther was considered a heretic and a blasphemer.  His ninety-five theses famously nailed to the door of the Wittenburg Church expressed his strong criticisms of the omnipotent Catholic Church, from which Luther eventually broke away.  Luther was further considered even more rebellious when he refused to retract his views, after which he was excommunicated from the Church. 

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           More recently, however, the world has come to think of Luther quite differently.  Obviously, faithful Lutherans thank their founder for the work he did.  One prominent example of a practicing Lutheran was famous American Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., whose parents revered the theologian so much that they named their son after him.  

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           But it isn’t just members of that specific sect of Christianity who are grateful.  Indeed, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also pay tribute to Luther and other participants in the Reformation.  Church leader Dieter Uchtdorf paid homage to Luther in his May General Conference 2008 address “Faith of Our Fathers,” in which he even revealed that he was a distant descendant of Luther. 

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            One of Luther’s most famous doctrine was justification by faith alone.  This differed from the Catholic belief, which was that ordinances, or sacraments, were necessary for salvation.  Although Latter-day Saints revere Luther and view him as a crucial member of the Reformation, their doctrine of salvation is not exactly the same as his was; Mormons believe that faith is absolutely necessary for salvation, but they also believe in saving ordinances, such as baptism and temple rites, as a way to demonstrate that faith.  In this specific way, Mormonism is somewhat of a stepping-stone between Lutheranism and Catholicism.

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          There have been two major films made about Martin Luther.  The first is the 1953 film Martin Luther, which stars Niall MacGinnis and was nominated for two Academy Awards.  The second version is the 2003 MGM film Luther  starring Joseph Fiennes (I highly recommend watching this!), which helps to emphasize the importance of Luther’s translation of the Bible from Latin to German.  Though the Pope and other Catholic leaders considered this controversial and dangerous at the time, eventually, this led to the influence of other translations of sacred text into languages that the common people could read.  This film also shows that Luther observed and hated how Johann Tetzel would sell indulgences, which meant that people could “buy” salvation for deceased loved ones.  Although the Catholic Church as a whole denounces Luther, as evident by his excommunication, many individual members throughout the years and especially today thank Luther for what he has done in helping to expose the problem of the sale of indulgences.   Also, the fact that these films was made at all, in the 20st  and 21st centuries as well, shows that even today, even in America, and even in Hollywood, Luther is still important, still remembered, and still somewhat relevant. 

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          Though Catholic extremists of the day may have once hoped that Martin Luther and his rioutous views would fade away into oblivion, Luther’s influence has lasted long beyond his day.  Not only have Luther’s religious views affected us, his music has stayed with us, too.  Luther’s most famous piece to which he wrote the text, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” is part of the Latter-day Saint hymnbook today. 

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                Overall, Martin Luther has made quite a turn-around from how he was formerly viewed and understood. Once regarded as a blasphemer and a disturber of religious peace, Luther is now considered one who brought much needed attention to the corruption and problems in the Catholic Church,  founded a major Protestant denomination, and, as understood by Latter-day Saints, was a key participant in the eventual bringing about of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

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[The] Reformation resulted in an increased emphasis on religious freedom,

which opened the way for the final Restoration.”

~Preach My Gospel

college days

Wrote this essay in my college days…

And not tryin’ to brag, but I got an A+!

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Flannel

Imagenever looked so sexy.

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My favorite artist playing a sweet Jimi Hendrix cover on an electric guitar, comedically monologuing about the trial & error approach to life philosophies in a way that is naturally and absent-mindly sexy, reaffirming one’s confidence and achievements despite past failures, making (relative) peace with his enemies, reaching out to his fans in a way that only he can, and all while wearing THIS?!

My blood pressure just spiked BIG time.

in a good way!

Oh, and just so you, he can also wear this while playing to the same crowd.

of 7,000 people (!) at the LA Staples Center

where he also recorded his ever famous and influential live album:

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If you looked up the word “Versatility” in the dictionary,

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you just may find John Mayer’s picture.

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*John’s ever evolving fashion through the years is a topic that has definitely caused some thought wrinkles in my brain.  Here is one little example.

And don’t forget about what Ms. Bedingfield so eloquently stated on the idea of fashion/music.

More to come on these ideas.

Much more.

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Looking up the chords/tablature for a song online…

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can sometimes yield less than desirable results.

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Naked

In the following video, I discuss the problematic word “naked” pertaining to a few of its common connotations (although I emphasize the idea of emotional nudity and only briefly allude to the reference of literal nudity).  I also quench my thirst for knowledge.  Literally!  As is true for pretty much everything I publish, the video is safe for all eyes and ears!

Readerz, what do YOU think of the word “naked” ?

(Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord D&C 133:55)

Imagemy naked soul exposed

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I’m cold and I’m ashamed lying naked on the floor

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I’ll soon be naked lying on the floor, lying on the floor, I’ve come undone…

Sure hope the boys of Weezer and Ms. Imbruglia are not on the same floor.

Or how about they don’tdestroy [that] sweater” and instead lend it to a freezing, distraught woman.

Sorry if this is inappropriate.

Thunderbolt of blasphemy.

(time to wrap it up, Kate…)

Concluding Thoughts:

“Naked” is a very sensitive word.  And one that I hardly use at all because I try to avoid sex appeal in my writing.  And in my living.  Don’t want it.  Don’t need it.

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Don’t make people (celebrities or otherwise) feel stupider…

Imagethan they likely already do.

(wish we could change this to “Don’t feel stupid”!)

If you know anything at all about me by now, you know that I know that while John Mayer is a writer, musician, and poet who is talented beyond measure, he clearly has had his share of sins.  But Mr. Mayer still is a son of God, he still deserves another chance, and based on what I’ve read and seen about him (which is a LOT!), he truly is sorryIf the Savior died for everyone, John isn’t left behind.  And just so you know, Shakespeare loved the idea of redeemed playboys.  So do I.

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I have responsibilities…

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but only because I choose to have responsibilities.

I believe in accepting legitimate criticism and also in getting out of my comfort zone, but if anyone ever tries to force or pressure me into anything in a manner or form with which I am not comfortable in any way at all…

I’M GONE!

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figuratively AND literally…

 But as is always the case, I am kind and civil about this.  Ain’t no James Dean, “rebel without a cause” thing going on here.  This is NOT me being selfish or evading (legitimate) responsibility in any way at all.

  I desire to work hard and stretch myself to serve others.

Still though.  The number 1 person on my list is ME!

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and for that I will NEVER apologize…

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READERS!

1) What responsibilities do you choose to have?

2) What is your LINE OF PROPRIETY when it comes to responsibility?

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“I don’t answer to ANYBODY.  And it’s a lovely, LOVELY feeling…”

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~John Mayer

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Just one of the boys…

Image This was after a little concert we did at “The Wall” at BYU.

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I can be  a cougar in more than one sense of the word….

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Most of the hating isn’t done externally, it’s done INTERNALLY…

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No one should be unkind to you, but if ever anyone is,

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remember that it’s probably not about you….

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It’s their own shizzle.

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And although funny in theory, I would NOT recommend making those kind of people a special pie.  Line of propriety.

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But do stand up for yourself, know what I mean?

We hate ourselves sometimes in the voice of other people….

but I disregard all of it and assume that I am loved the world ’round.

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PS. Check out where I got my title here.  Hint, he has his own planet called Guitar Kolob.

Thunderbolt of blasphemy yet again…

Also, BRILLIANT BOOKENDING (of JM’s quote) is what I did here…

blog to self-connection:

READERS!  How do YOU react when people are unkind to you?

Also, if you are yourself unkind to people in any way at all, take a tip from my friend President Uchtdorf…

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We got the ward email saying that 2 of the Von Trapp girls got food poisoning..

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so we’re here to audition!

What would you prefer us to sing/play first?  Have you heard of a British woman named Natasha Bedingfield (TOTAL anachronism, I know.  Just go with it, please!)

PS.  That “food poisoning” may or may not have been accidental.  If you find any mysterious substance in my car, I must have been framed!  But rest assured, it’s only temporary.  Greta and Rigita will be fine come a few weeks.  I may fight my way to the top, but I don’t believe in murder.  And my PS is getting longer than the rest of the post, so better say adios.  Actually, come to think of it, let the family serenade you:

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Gulf of M

Gulf of Misery:

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(this comes from a scripture in the Book of Mormon.  Check it stat.)

Gulf of Mexico:

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I’d rather take the second one, even if I DO like the guitar riff in that Maroon 5 song, know what I mean?

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Zac Brown Band fills the void of what has been missing in country music!

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Yes they do!  These boys are the REAL DEAL.  Ain’t no sell-outs wearing cowboy hats singing with some ugly fake twang (I ain’t naming names, but ya’ll know who I’m talkin’ ’bout) .  Expect to hear more about ZBB on this blog.  The night I saw them in concert with Renae was one that has influenced me to this day.  Don’t know where to start musically because it’s ALL amazing, but here’s an all-time favorite:

(best part is 3:00-3:30)

Seriously, that voice gives me chills, and it’s even BETTER in person.

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Great memories 🙂  Of the concert, and also of my hair looking that beautiful.

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My present to you for making it to the 400th post? RAP VIDEO!

No beatin’ around the bush on that title (figuratively OR literally)!  I had my NEW friend Kemp and my OLD friend Carlos help me out.  Check it stat (and please excuse my being a little dance happy.  I’m not as smooth/subtle as my friends):

And if you think that was entertaining (probably mainly because Katherine was making a fool of herself), it actually wasn’t anything compared to what these guys can do for real.  Here’s just a taste of their INSANE TALENT.  And yes Mom, the following is improvised.

Here’s Carlos’s youtube channel. 

And here’s Kemp’s twitter. 

Oh, and just had to include this one too:

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Lil Wayne’s Got Nothin’ on Me!

Lil Wayne wanted to know if this girl was down for a sing-off.

Know what she said?

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“Honestly, I’m down like the economy!”

Compare this (start at 2:24-3:00):

Lyrics here: 

To this (start at 1:02-1:43):

(I changed the gender pronouns.  I do that kind of thing a lot.)

Readers, what do you think?

PS.  Wayne, I love and respect you no matter what (not really, but just didn’t want to come off as judgmental and also wanted to soften this next part), BUT your body is a temple…why would you want to put graffiti on it?  Join the LDS Church and I’ll help you pay to get rid of those tats (but readers FYI you don’t have to do that if you want to become a Mormon-just thought I’d clear that up)…

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Give me one reason….. that I shouldn’t blog about the first thing I recorded in a professional studio!

I was just 18 when I recorded this.  It was a pretty cool experience at a time in my life when I needed expression and creativity (kinda like now!).  There is a tension, though, as I wanted to sound stylish and slur my words just a little, but then that is at the sacrifice of enunciation.  The Sophie’s choice of singing, I guess.  Take a listen:

Oh, and here’s the email that my guitar teacher, Frank Keim sent me.  I feel comfortable sharing his contact info because he IS still in business.

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I wouldn’t be the musician that I am today without him.  Truth!

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What do these two pictures have in common?

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?

Sam sung!

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There are plenty of fish in the sea,

SO LET’S GO FISHING!

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These guys Dan & Ben Tenglesen are from BYU (made it big in Guitars Unplugged) and are SO talented. This is such a great song.  Even if you don’t usually listen to music I post, don’t miss this one.  I’m talking to you, Tricia Thomas!

 Here are the lyrics: 

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Sometimes a song is so good live that even a crappy recorded version can (almost) make you tear up….

Love the call-and response with the audience.

NATASHA I WANT TO SING WITH YOU! DEAD SERIOUS!

Could this woman be anymore talented, beautiful and kind?  That is a rhetorical question, and the literal answer is NO!

You cannot teach stage-presence like that.

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You-tubing cover versions of your all-time favorite song can be frustrating,

but it can also be awesome! 

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If I ever feel guilty about making/playing music on the Sabbath that is not explicitly churchy…

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I just remind myself that the

song of the righteous is a prayer!

The following song is of course not Mormon, but I adore it as it speaks in eloquent Biblical poetry (written by Bob Dylan!) of Christ, hope, salvation, redemption, and joy.  Also, the song itself is in no way sacrificed at the expense of quality music.  In other words, the lyrics don’t stand alone (this is very, very important to me)!  Listen to it please:

Lyrics here.

Oh yeah, and I quasi-worship the singer.

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Oh, ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
Oh, ring them bells for all of us who are left
Oh, ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through…

So yes, I feel at peace with this song (and some select others as well) on Sundays,

although it is not standardized in the LDS hymnbook.

If thou are merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of Thanksgiving.

Doctrine and Covenants 136:28

 Just so you know, I am cautious about this line of propriety.   I (usually) don’t perform on Sundays, and I also am not going to any Marilyn Manson concerts on Sunday (or ever).  Furthermore, I am careful in helping my friends and neighbors feel comfortable with the sweet melodies I play and the words that spill from my honey lips.

READERS!

What kind of music do you find (in)appropriate for Sabbath worship?

Ring them bells St. [K]atherine from the top of the room…

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Blue-collar/white-collar

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I can do it all…

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Make Friends With What You Are

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John, I don’t use a pick either! Never did like them.  Travis pick is where it’s at!

Even the greatest of the greats make mistakes…

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Sometimes a musician can’t put his arm around you because he’s holding his guitar.

so you awkwardly put your hand on his back and sorta cock your head and lean in.

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PS.  Can you catch the Natasha Bedingfield reference in this post?

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My (near perfect) approach to satire…

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When it comes to our world and its issues, there is a lot to say!

… And a lot to criticize

There are absolutely times when it’s important to speak plainly and even harshly.  To reprove with sharpness (Doctrine and Covenants 121:43) , and to not beat around the bush (From what I understand, my grandfather Ernest Wilkinson often preferred this approach.).

So I occasionally will speak harshly (but still intelligently!) about subjects, but my passion does not overrule my logic (and vice versa).

Here are 2 of my strongest examples yet:

1)  Some Mansions

2)  Halloween Costume from Hell

And there are certain topics that Katherine simply will not explore in a comedic way (humor is great, but out of bounds can be dangerous, obscene, and grossly offensive).

You will never see any joke on my blog about racism, abuse, pornography, or violence.  

And it is NOT that I am afraid of alienating readers (although I do seek to maintain them!).  It is that those jokes are not a part of my life AT ALL, and therefore most certainly will not be part of my blog.

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However, when it comes to less serious (but still important!) issues like modesty, time spent on Facebook, and dating, things that are relevant to many people but are especially present in my psyche as a Mormon living in Provo, I like to (try to) be  funny!  I often think deeply about the issue (let it cook in the crock-pot of my mind for a while), but usually say very little.  It’s that whole “economy of words” things again.

Sure I know how to write 15 page papers, but in this case, I think that often the less said, the better.  Brevity IS the soul of wit, ya’ll! As long as what you are saying is funny, uplifting, entertaining, honest, but still speaks an important truth and sparks discussion and thought, I believe that often the point gets across most clearly and perfectly.  The idea of “truth in jest” shows up in almost all of my posts, and it is the core of my approach to satire.

(2 Shakespeare references in 1 paragraph-not bad!)

Two of my greatest influences in this respect are Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Paisley.  Both are brilliant comedians and satirists (Brad is also extremely good looking and could shred a guitar to pieces), but are NOT preachy or unkind.  They respect the intelligence of their audience.  And I believe this is what makes them so good.  Check out these two examples:

Well done, you two.  Well done.  Thanks so much for your inspiration.

And now back to the woman of the hour…

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My satire may not be perfect, but it is funny, witty, occasionally sexy, intelligent, clean, refreshing, and overall pretty darn awesome, if I do say so myself.

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Satire

Sat on a tire

Kat sat on a tire

I’m tired, BYE!

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Hey Lautoka Sister!

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WIL(kin)SON

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Like a good neighbor, KATHERINE is there.

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PS I love Whitney’s cute smile.

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Someone get this fuzzball head girl some smoothing serum!

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And I KNOOOOOWWWW that I’m not my hair, but still I wish it was cuter than in that last pic 🙂

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MUCH BETTER!

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Mr. and Mrs. David Wilkinson are pleased to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Katherine Anne….

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Sure looks like an engagement photo, right?  Someday I’ll be holding a man instead of my guitar.  And hopefully not by the neck.

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John Mayer ain’t a total D…

Accompanied by his lady friend Katy Perry, John Mayer bought a guitar for a teenage girl in a music shop, then left without telling her.

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http://abcnewsradioonline.com/music-news/2013/7/10/john-mayer-buys-guitar-for-teenage-fan.html

#He’s sincerely trying to change.  Wish I could give him a Book of Mormon.  Dead serious.

#Katy is pretty.  She is.

#Hey John, I blog about you quite a bit.  A ton, actually.  Maybe wanna buy me a guitar? Or better yet, do some music with me?  Dead serious.

#I’m a fan of wayfarers.  Put those bad boys on.

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2 degrees to Natasha Bedingfield

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Off with its head!

Artsy-fartsy stuff doesn’t have heads, apparently…..

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*at least I’m wearing clothes…

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New solution to an old problem with Daddy’s help….

Remember how I told you I lost my red capo?

 

Think I found a solution…

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Core Beliefs:  Beauty, Humor, Kindness, Creativity, Expression

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Sometimes my guitar is my boyfriend……

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and I drown out everyone else.

#yes I’ve been on dates with both those boys

#yes they’re both now married and have left Provo

#yes I’m still single in Provo playing my guitar

#gave up guitar for a while cuz it did this to me in social situations; I was a victim-had no control!

(shouldn’t it be a shared experience? not an alienating one)

#now we have an open relationship…some nights i hang out with another guy, some nights with my faithful guitar-and sometimes the 3 of us even chill!

#inanimate boyfriends

Core Beliefs:  Creativity, Humor, Beauty, Expression

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Top 3 reasons why guitar is the best instrument:

1)  it’s social (or at least it should be):
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2)  it’s easily portable:

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I highly doubt you are going to take your harp to the next ward bonfire 🙂

3)  it’s versatile:  You can play very different kinds of music with the same instrument.  Example:


(same artist, same general type of guitar, CRAZY DIFFERENT MUSIC!)

Now how many other instruments can you say all that about?

Oh, and to top it all off, I play the guitar too 🙂

P.S. Truth be told I REALLY like the violin, but sadly I don’t play..

Core Beliefs:  Humor, beauty, expression, creativity, understanding

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Taylor Jealousy….

I am a better singer than Taylor Swift (whom I absolutely ADORE by the way), and my guitar skills are prob about the same if not better.  Other than the whole song-writing thing (I merely dabble while girlfriend churns out hit after hit), why am I not selling out world tours?  Taylor rocks it to millions……..

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and Katherine just sits in the woods and plays to the trees 🙂

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#kinda kidding, kinda not…

#couldn’t we have photoshopped out that weed so you could see my fingers better?

#I still wanna share a stage with Natasha Bedingfield…

Core Beliefs: beauty, kindness, expression, creativity, humor

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