Jell-O Knees…

Jell-O is like the official food of Utah… except in Utah a Jell-O dish isn’t a Jell-O dish until it has something grated into it that has no right being inside of it!  I’m looking at you carrots!  That’s the best definition I can come up with for how my knees behaved during opening night of The Garden tonight.  In all my years of singing, I hadn’t realized how intimidating it would be to stand on a stage with a big ole spotlight trained on only me in front of an audience of thousands dozens… and with nothing to hide behind!  I suggested I could hide behind the big tree I stand next to, but for some reason no one thought that was a good idea… nor did they think my joke was funny… spoil sports.

So, my legs are shaking violently standing up there in a heavenly ball of light and all I can think is… please don’t faint… please don’t faint… also, remember to buy deodorant.  And once your legs start to shake, there’s no stopping them.  It’d be like stopping kitty Lucy-Fur from cleaning her nether regions in front of company… ain’t happening!  I’m proud to report I did not faint tonight… but I still have 3 more nights to accomplish said goal.  KNOCK ON WOOD!  I’ll bring a carrot to grate should that happen… best believe it!

Question of the Day:  What do you do to calm your nerves?  

PS – I am pretty sure I have the best family and friends alive on the planet.  Thank you to those who came tonight and those who have tickets for other nights.  I really am a blessed girl.


PPS- Karen… this is Maxine… you need to become acquainted with her… she’s right up your alley!  😛


As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don’t really give a rat’s hiney. It’s the tortoise life for me!
1. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4. A tortoise doesn’t run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so.
I’m retired. Go around me.



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21 responses to “Jell-O Knees…

  1. Dessa wade

    Proud Madre! You did a beautiful job Whitney! Love you tons!

  2. Louisa

    Terrific job conquering those nerves, Whitney.
    All of you with tickets are SOO lucky to get to go to this and see Miss Whitney do her ‘thang’.
    So jealous right now!

  3. Avster

    I’m sure you did an excellent job! 🙂

    Calm my nerves… Me? Nerves! Never! :b Deep breaths and thinking about things that make me smile/always relax me does the trick.

  4. Karen

    Made me start the day with a laugh. Thanks.
    Three more good night ahead! Enjoy the experience and we will enjoy the show

  5. tarasedai

    Overcoming nerves is a difficult thing. I haven’t quite mastered the art, but I’m better than I used to be. I found the key is just ignoring the problem. Honestly, you know you can go out there and totally kill that performance with out a problem. Don’t think about the people there, don’t worry about anyone else around, just focus on being in the right places and the right times and singing to your hearts content whether the place is full or empty. Always give your best performance even when you think no one is watching 🙂 I’m sure you are doing great!

  6. christie

    Stage is actually easier for me than other venues. I totally choke in all sacrament meeting type venues or the like. The lights of stage block out the realities of people and I can just get into a character who is not me and I make that character not nervous, ha! 🙂 keep on breaking those legs, I heard great things!

    • You are so right about the spotlight. I can’t see anyone in the audience with that thing on… but also they made me take my glasses off… so that makes me essentially blind! 😛 Give that little one of yours a squeeze from me!

  7. Alena

    Way to go Whit! I wish I could be there!!! DON’T break a leg on your other performances–that would make this never-ending winter seem even longer 🙂 So stick with Jell-O legs, Jell-O can’t break 🙂

    • Jell-O is totes sturdy like that… and I so agree about the leg breakage thing. I know we have to have the same genes… but you’re still more graceful than I! Thanks, Pal!

  8. Jacque

    Whitney, you were AMAZING!!! I’m so glad we got to come. I’d come every night if I could. Keep rocking the house.

  9. Jen

    Yoga always helps me relax. Or a good run to burn off some energy

  10. Pat Mackay

    You did an amazing job. We were there Wed. night and enjoyed the music so much. So glad you got to have that wonderful experience. On to stardom!

  11. Looks like I missed this email earlier… not sure what’s up with my computer. However, wanted to let you know that I am so proud of you for getting up there in front of everyone. Going through the shaking-knees experiences, really helps us grow and realize that we aren’t limited to the familiar. I’ll bet each night it got a little bit easier! I hope so! Congrats!

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