Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For all the fans that have been bombarding me on social media since last nights game, I just wanted to let you all know about what I feel happened. Last night late in the 3rd quarter the other team was on a 4th and short and the refs called me for targeting a defenseless receiver. Although my ejection was overruled by video replay, the 15 yard penalty let them get a first down to eventually score a touchdown and put the game away. obviousness there was no foul because I was not ejected, so why the penalty that indirectly won them the football game. the NCAA definitely needs to look into this rule and make some changes.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Exciting News!

One of the craziest things about the whole benefit album project was that it really snowballed into something much bigger than I thought it would be. It took a ton of work, and even more stress, and I was happy and relieved to see it through to the finish line. However, the day after the concert was over,
I was talking to my dad on the phone when he casually asked me,

"Well, what's next?" 
My response? "Uhh...nothing."

Even with all the time and energy I, and everyone else involved, put into the project, I had always planned on it being a one-and-done sort of thing. I was
planning on doing nothing more than taking a nice, long break
for the rest of the summer and laying by the pool.
But after more conversation with my dad,
I realized that instead of calling it a day,
the benefit album had given me just the
momentum I needed to keep going.
So, I'm very excited to announce that I have started an independent record label!
It's been a goal of mine to start a label for several years, 
but I never expected to do it while I was still in college.
For now, I'm only specializing in charity benefit projects, 
but eventually plan on working with individual artists 
and bands once I gain some more experience.
In the past month, I've put together a website 
and all the related social media platforms,
and am very excited to be launching them all this week.
Now that everything is up and running, the next project I'm working on is 
a Christmas album for the Community Action Services and Food Bank in Provo.

Please feel free to take a minute and
 look around Red Cardigan's website
I would love any feedback and can't wait 
to see where this new endeavor takes me.

Don't forget to Like Red Cardigan Records on Facebook!

In the meantime, here are a couple videos from the benefit concert,
now uploaded on the official Red Cardigan Records YouTube channel!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Towards Sunshine

Once upon a time, I started a little music project.
Here's the story of how it happened...

If you're reading this, you probably already know me.
And if you know me, you know how much I love music.
It was a major epiphany when I realized working in the music industry
was a legitimate possibility when I moved home after my freshman year of college.

Then I went on my mission and put the idea on the backburner for two years.

After my first semester back at school (April 2011 - wow forever ago),
I came up with the idea of producing a benefit album 
featuring local bands and artists.
And thanks to a connection with a friend, 
I found the 
perfect non-profit for the project to benefit:
Inside Out Learning International was founded
by a woman in Alpine, UT named Marilynn Clark.
IOL's mission is to train African teachers how to
incorporate creativity, music, critical thinking
and moral values into their teaching; 
as opposed to the rote memorization and
disciplinarian methods typically employed in
the classrooms.
Finding artists for the album actually turned 
out to be a lot easier than I initially anticipated.
Whether they were friends, roommates, mission companions,
classmates, former co-workers or new acquaintances, 
it turns out I'm blessed to know a huge number of talented musicians.
Once the album was finished, I teamed up with Lean On Music,
a local non-profit started by my friends Zac and Holly Jensen,
to organize the benefit concert.
Before I knew it, we had a venue booked, 
online promos filmed, posters printed,
corporate sponsorships lined up 
and coverage in the BYU Universe.
(Check out the article here.)
The concert was at Castle Park Events Center in Lindon,
and we had four artists from the album performing:
Caleb Blood
Mimi Knowles
The event was a blast and we raised about $1200,
the majority of which is going directly to IOL.
This whole adventure has been such an incredible 
learning experience. It's been my dream for so long
to do something like this, and part of me is
still just in shock that it even really happened.
I'm already working on a new project,
and I can't wait to see where this takes me.

I would be remiss if I didn't thank everyone involved
in this project, and I didn't get a chance to do so in
the album, so bear with me, but I'm doing it here:

Dad, for supporting me so completely in making all
this happen and for teaching me to never dream small.
Mom, for giving me feedback on the dozens of songs
I made you listen to, and for talking me through every
day and every little detail.
Spencer, for manning the ticket table like a champ.
Chelsea, for pushing me to even do this in the first place.
Lots of people may think they have the best friend in the world,
but I'm so blessed because I actually do :)
All of the artists and bands who so willingly donated songs.
 Zac and Holly and the rest of Lean On Music, for jumping on board 
and helping me make the concert a reality.
Cassie Bingham, for doing all the artwork and
Zac Parkinson, for all the amazing graphic design.
Melanie Jones, for writing such a wonderful article in the paper.
Camille, for helping so much with the advertising 
by calling it a Cub Scout service project. :) 
The CPP Team for shooting/editing/putting together the promos.
Castle Park Events Center, for providing such an awesome venue.
All of the sponsors who donated money, equipment and prizes:
Marilynn Clark, Showscoop, International Learning Programs,
Sweaty Chix, Best In Music and Roll-Up Cafe.
AMS Rabbit for manufacturing the CDs.
Everyone who helped set up, take down, bake cookies,
canvas apartment complexes, sell tickets and a million other things,
and last but certainly not least,
everyone who came to the concert, bought a CD
and helped make the project so successful.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Start of Summer

Summer has been insanely busy so far...hence my blogging absence of late.
But you know it's time to post something when your mom texts you asking
why you haven't blogged all month.

Sorry if this post is long but I want to get caught up on
all the things I've been MEANING to blog about this month:

1. Grown-up Jobs 
I started my internship with
at the end of last month, and so far, it's great. 
Sometimes stressful, but great.
So, I commute to SLC a few times a week
and work from home the rest of the days.
I'm learning a ton and even wrote a press release that
got picked up by Yahoo! News and several other media outlets.
Check that out here:

But I also forgot to mention that I'm also
juggling another job:
doing PR for 
So far I'm primarily working in
internal communications and media relations
and will soon add social media and some other things to the list.
So, the full-time internship and the part-time job
are keeping my plate gratefully full.
It's definitely going to be a summer full of 
learning and gaining experience.
Good thing I love my major so much!

2. Towards Sunshine Benefit Album & Concert
This upcoming week I'll be seeing the culmination of
a year of work producing a benefit album for
the local non-profit Inside-Out Learning International.
That deserves its own post, but here's a peek at
the cover art, designed by my good friends
Cassie Bingham and Zac Parkinson

3. Coachella 2012
It's been a month now, and
I never got around to writing that giant Coachella post
but it was seriously the most fun I've ever had in 107 degrees.
I technically went down to Indio on intern duties,
so I spent every morning promoting ShowScoop
and giving out free sunglasses and sunscreen packets.
But once the music started, I saw show after show after show.
32 in three days to be exact.
After thinking about it long and hard,
here are my Top 4 shows:

Florence and the Machine
Obviously. Florence was the one person I was most
excited to see. And I was bound and determined to be
as close as humanly possible during her set.
As you can see by the picture, I was basically front and center.
I'm 99% certain that she might be part magic.

Girl Talk
Photo Credit: Illegal Art
I had never heard of Girl Talk before I went to the festival,
and the only reason I went to his set was to get a good
spot for Florence, who was right after him.
But, boy am I glad I did.
He's a DJ who does mashups
better than just about anyone.
His set was the biggest party of the weekend.

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg with Eminem, 
Tupac, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa & Kendrick Lamar
Photo Credit: EW Music Mix
Photo Credit: Guest of a Guest
Photo Credit: MTV
Photo Credit: collegedj.net
I'll be the first one to admit rap is usually not really my thing.
But even I could appreciate how once-in-a-lifetime this set was.
From where I was, the Tupac hologram looked totally real.
The whole thing was just insane.
My little brother was green with envy when I told him about it.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
This was another band I was really looking forward to,
and I was front and center for them too.
Grace Potter might be one of the most gorgeous
human beings alive.
I don't know any other woman who
could so totally, completely
rock out while wearing a sequined dress
and stilettos with a perfect manicure
(Yes I was close enough to notice her manicure.)
The picture below doesn't even begin to adequately
capture how much of a bad-A rock star she is.
Photo Credit: The Examiner

I couldn't decide on a Top 5,
but honorable mentions go to:
Miike Snow ft. Lykke Li
First Aid Kit
Childish Gambino
Azealia Banks
Gary Clark, Jr.
The Black Keys
David Guetta
Swedish House Mafia

4. The Big 23
I had planned on going to St. George
for a nice quiet birthday at home,
to spend some time with my family
and Chelsea before she moved to the Big Apple.
Instead, it was a birthday week full of surprises.
First, Adrienne flew into SLC as my birthday present
and drove home with me.
Then the day she left,
Ben and Paige showed
up on my doorstep.
 As they were leaving a couple days later, my roommate
Justin got back from England and drove down for the last two days.
THEN, my mission buddy Brian randomly ended up
in STG for a day. I hadn't seen him
since we were in Canada, so it was great to
spend the day catching up by the pool.
Overall, I spent a lot of time eating and laying by the pool.
I feel like I hardly spent any time with my family,
but it was a great week, and I'm another year older.

5. New Calling
With so many people moving in and out for summer,
a new calling in my ward was almost inevitable.
But I wasn't quite expecting the one I got.
I'm now the first counselor in the Elders Quorum Presidency.
So my Sundays are now full of meetings, home teaching routes,
meeting all the new people and occasionally teaching priesthood.
(I survived my first lesson last week).
So there's that too...

And with that novel of a post, I think I'm caught up...

Monday, April 30, 2012

Last Week, In the Lives of My Friends

Before I get to the gigantic Coachella
post that is most definitely coming,
there's one other thing I need to blog about.
Well...several things, really...

Last week was quite the busy in the lives
of several of my oldest, closest friends. 
So I'm dedicating a whole post to it.

The first and biggest thing is that
on Friday morning, I woke up to this text from Karly:
"Did you see! Little Annie arrived this morning!"
Photo Credit: Karly Barker
This beautiful bundle of joy finally arrived!
I am so happy for Karly and James
and know this baby will be so loved.
Annie, you have the best parents in the entire world.
I can't wait to meet you and spoil you rotten!

Thursday was another huge day.
Two of my oldest friends from college
(meaning way back in 2007)
Dani and Mich
got married.
To each other.
Photo Credit: Lauren Michelle Photography
So happy for Mr. and Mrs. Knowles

And last but certainly not least,
Chelsea graduated from the University of Michigan 
on Friday!
Photo Credit: Tiffany Wilson
I'm so so proud of Chels
and can't wait to see her this weekend
before she heads off to take NYC by storm!
I always said this girl was going to change the world.
Just sit back and watch.
It absolutely blows my mind that one of my very best friends
had a baby, the other one graduated from college and
two other got married! 
Seriously, when did we get old enough to be grown-ups???

Up next:
Tori's baby is coming any day now.
I'm praying for Baby A to make her 
grand entrance on May 7.
I don't know if Tori agrees with me...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Life is a PRty!

Well school is out for the semester... I survived!
(With all A's and 1 B - I'll take it.)
To celebrate, the weekend before finals, I got together with
a few of my friends from my 336 class
(aka Strategic Communications Planning)
I have to say 336 was most likely my favorite class this semester.
Our class loved each other SOOO much, it verged into slightly freakish territory.
But what can I say? After a semester of developing campaign after campaign,
working in teams and helping each other out,
you can't help but become friends.
I'm so glad I'm stuck with these guys for the rest
of the time I'm in the PR program.

So, since we love each other so much,
we organized a little post-semester get-together.
John, Sarah, Tori, Me, Melanie
First, a few of us met up for dinner at Guru's.
Then we headed over to Muse
and met up with some more PR friends
for the Battle of the Bands
to cheer on two of our classmates,
Kenny and Mason.
Kenny with his band Baldwin Games
Mason with his band Mont Blanc

Mason's band ended up winning!
And the whole night was just so much fun.
After the show, we hung out for a while,
hit up Sammy's for shakes
and ended up back at Sarah's apartment
to reminisce about the past semester
and talk about the future.
The semester was so great and
I'm so glad I met these amazing people.
Can't wait for another semester of PRtying!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mr. Intern

So I've known about this for a while now,
but didn't want to blog about it until everything was set in stone.
I finally got my first internship!
This summer, I'll be working as the public relations intern
for an awesome new company called...
It's a new internet start-up
based in Salt Lake City that
allows users to review concerts
and covers live music events.

Music + PR?
It couldn't be a more perfect internship for yours truly.

All summer long, I'll be working on the social media
content development, writing press releases
and going to shows and events to promote the company.

The first big thing I get to do for this internship
is go to COACHELLA the weekend after finals!
Yes, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
in Indio, California.
I am out. of. my. mind. excited about it.
 So many amazing artists I love,
and lots I'm not familiar with, as well.

I'm personally MOST excited to see:
Florence + the Machine
My freaking idol. I might just die.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
First Aid Kit
Childish Gambino
aka Troy from Community

And I'm also looking forward to huge names like:
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
(Not exactly my cup of tea, but c'mon,
it's Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg...)
Bon Iver
The Black Keys
David Guetta
Arctic Monkeys
The Shins

It's going to be insane.
And that's just the beginning.
I feel so lucky and grateful to be spending the summer
doing PR in an industry I am so insanely passionate about.
Here's to an amazing four months!