Sunday, December 13, 2009

I sang with Natalie Cole

This year I entered the mormon lottery so my mom could use the tickets if I won. I have a babe you know, and going out, even for the likes of Natalie Cole, is pretty much forbidden.

Then mom called and told me she got her tickets! (yay!)

Then I found out I got her tickets too! (yay!)

And what choice did we have but to use them? I mean it's NATALIE COLE!

I heart Natalie Cole. I grew up listening to Unforgettable and thinking she was the coolest singer in the world. "Flash! Bam! Alakazam! Wonderful you came by...."

So we went to the concert last night and wow. The children's choir was amazing, the soloist incredible, Natalie was delightful (we're on a first name basis now), and the organ solo was flat out entertaining. How many times in your life have you been entertained by an organ solo? Once for me now.

But here's the clincher. she started to sing The Christmas Song because in her house it isn't Christmas until her dad (Nat King Cole) sings that song, and now he sings it through her. And she said we could join in if we'd like. A few brave souls joined at first. Then a few more.

It's not like the whole conference center sang together, and nobody sang the whole song with her, but there I was. Sitting in the same room as Natalie Cole. And she said I could sing with her. And really I can't carry a tune in a bucket, and nobody around me wanted to listen to me sing, especially not when the alternative was listening to Natalie Cole sing. But I don't care, because how many times in my life am I gonna get to sing Christmas carols with Natalie Cole? Just one. So I held Josh's hand, leaned on his shoulder, closed my eyes, and very quietly sang with Natalie Cole. "although it's been said, many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you."

And 20,000 people were there to witness it.

That was a beautiful moment.


  1. I love the motab christmas concerts! I haven't been since the I'm totally jealous!

    P.S. Sorry my kid totally freaked out during your lesson today! They like to pick the heartfelt spiritual moments to lose it :(

  2. We went to the concert last night too! We also entered the lottery so that Dan's mom could use the tickets. But there were four, after all, and finals were over...

    It was incredible.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I love love love Natalie Cole and I love love loved that concert.

  4. Haha! I was in the Terrace on Saturday and she invited us to sing, but I didn't hear anyone actually doing it. That song was the highlight of the night for me. She's got that warm, silky tone like her dad.


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