Amazing Grace | New Music Video

Here is our new music video of “Amazing Grace.” In our last post we discussed how we had originally arranged it for orchestra, reduced it into 7 clarinet parts, and made a recording of it.

Now we’re going to discuss the process of making a music video.

After we were finished recording the music track (click here to read about how we did that) we called up Dane Christensen, our awesome videographer, to schedule a filming appointment. He ended up not being able to make any appointments work as he now lives in California. So we called up Tanner Nielson, Dane’s buddy, and made an appointment with him. He is awesome as well!

Family Picture!

Family Picture!


We decided to head up to a mountain trail in Layton, Utah – a location that Tanner suggested – and we brought:

  • Bb Clarinet (my new professional model – yayyy!)
  • Bass Clarinet (cheap model which I bought new in January of 2014 – it cost me $1,700, and while it’s not the ideal instrument, it was cheaper than these amazing Buffet models.)
  • Baby in carseat/blankets/diaper bag
  • iphones and/or portable bluetooth speakers

It’s important to have the speakers. Even if you can perform your music perfectly in the filming setting (say you have a piano and all the instruments you need) you’re not going to film the actual music. If you did, you would not get the best studio recording sound that you would want in your music video. You should first make the music just how you want it in the recording studio and then mime/play along with it in the filming. In the end, the audio from the filming will be deleted and replaced with the audio from your studio recording.


We went out to a trail and I turned on the track to play along with. (Play along with the exact same track you’ll be using in the final audio/video mix – if you don’t, then your words and notes won’t line up properly.)

We filmed me on my little clarinet in one location. I played along with the track (which was playing from my iPhone in my back pocket). I then did the same thing with my bass clarinet and we repeated the process in a few other locations on the mountain trail.

While I played the clarinet, Kacee was feeding our baby girl. After twenty or so minutes, I took the baby and burped her while Tanner filmed Kacee singing. We then got some shots done together while the baby lay in her carseat as close to us as possible and as far away from the spiders and dirt as possible.

Burping the Baby

Burping the Baby

In the end we got some drone shots and Tanner almost crashed his drone into the trees. Pretty funny story when told by someone other than myself. Ha… 🙂 No really, still pretty awesome and funny. 🙂

So then in the end Tanner took all the footage back to his house and then lined up the best footage with the awesome master track which we had prerecorded. This is facilitated by the fact that we were playing/singing along with that track.


And that’s how we got this beautiful video! Thanks Tanner and Clive!!!!

Here’s a demo of the orchestral version:

Hermanas and Adios to Summer

Hope you had a great Labor Day!  Our weekend was full of friends, family, a voice teaching seminar, church, and The Home Depot.  Just the way we like it.  Also, our Home Depot visit(s) provided us with the motivation to kick off a little remodel.  Details soon…  🙂  

August was an exciting month for our families.  Mostly in the sister department.  I shall expound by way of bullet points:

  • My not-so-baby sister reported to the Missionary Training Center to begin her 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The MTC is a facility for the training of missionaries (hence the name).  😉  Members of the Church are able to serve as full-time missionaries at the age of 18 (men) or 19 (women).  It is an incredible program.  These missionaries put aside school, work, friends, etc. and focus only on serving God and His children all over the world for 18 months (women) or 2 years (men).  My sister was called to serve in Argentina, and she was SO ready and excited to go.  It has been inspiring to watch her prepare for this experience and to read her letters for the last few weeks.  She is learning so much about herself, her faith, and SPANISH.  I’m so proud of her!  
  • Shane’s sister reached her 8th month of pregnancy and will be having the first grandchild, niece, etc. in the family sometime in the next two weeks!  The end of the month was particularly exciting because the doc said that this sweet little babe could come anytime.  We’re so excited for them, and I can’t wait to be an aunt!! 
  • Another of Shane’s sisters received a call to serve a mission in Ohio!  She won’t leave for another few months, but we are so excited for her!!  She will be great.

It has been a wonderful summer.  And a busy one!  And although I’m looking forward to cool weather, holidays, crunchy leaves, lots of soup, and pumpkin stuff, I always miss the carefree days of summer when they draw to a close.  

On Family Vacations and Gratitude

Last month, Shane and I went on a nine-day vacation with my family to the Midwest. I can’t even remember the last time I got to spend nine whole days with my parents and siblings! It was so good. We flew into Kansas City and spent the first two days exploring sites that are significant in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in and around the Kansas City area. We walked a lot, learned a lot, and had a great time.

KCI Airport

Liberty Jail

Kansas City Temple

Sis and Dad at Marydale Inn

Far West

Shane and Kacee in Far West

The majority of our trip was spent in Nauvoo, Illinois, a beautiful little town on the Mississippi River, made up mostly of restored buildings from the 1840s. Nauvoo was the home of thousands of early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and my family (and Shane’s family!) has ancestors who lived and owned land in the area. It is such a special place.

Nauvoo Temple

Joseph and Hyrum Carthage

Carthage Jail

Barge on the Mississippi

Hotel Nauvoo

Dancing the Night Away

Joseph and Hyrum Nauvoo


Nauvoo Temple

Such an incredible trip.

Then two weekends ago, we had a chance to drive up to our Alma Mater and visit some friends and old professors. It was a quick trip, but it was so great to catch up, and we felt like we were coming home. The experience prompted a conversation between Shane and I about the people and opportunities that have made us who we are today. We owe a lot to the people we visited that weekend. Do you have those people in your life? People who brought you and your spouse together, or who changed your outlook on education or careers or family? Or who lifted you up during a really hard time? I’m grateful for those people. Who would we be without them?


Photos courtesy of my mama.  She’s the best.  ❤

New Washer and Dryer – Electrical Issues?

So as you know we bought a new house that was built in the 1970s. Right before moving in we also bought a new washer and dryer that were practically new from one of my Uncles. Have you ever tried to put in new appliances in old homes? Things are not made the same these days. We had a dryer with a this kind of plug.


And we needed it to fit into this kind of outlet.20140604_122622

Talk about a “no-go.”

Even I (being really bad at math) know that four prongs don’t fit into three holes. So I went off to the one place that I knew to go: The Home Depot!

I asked their advice (don’t trust the advice of anyone but an actual electrician) and they recommended that I replace the outlet with a four-pronged outlet so that the four-pronged plug would fit into that.

It would be important to note that houses built in the last decade are all built to accomodate the four-pronged plug of a dryer. Before then they used the three-prongs. The main difference is that with the 3-prong, there are two hot wires on the side and a grounding wire in the middle. The grounding wire is supposed to channel any left-over electric charge and direct it from the dryer and into the ground to prevent electric shock from occurring. Now with the 4-prong setup there are two hot wires, a grounding wire and a neutral wire. This is supposed to give added safety and prevent electric shock.


So after purchasing the new 4-socket outlet I went home and I installed it after shutting off the breaker. The only issue was that there were four places to insert the wires from the wall, and there were only 3 wires coming out of the wall (again the two hot wires and the grounding wire.)20140604_13432620140604_143442This meant that the neutral wire in the cord would be attached to the dryer, and go into the socket (that one on the left of the cross shape) and have no wire to take that charge to the ground. So before turning the power back on, I called an electrician and offered to pay him for some advice. He told me that I needed to put the 3-socket outlet back on the wall and instead change the DRYER to a 3-pronged chord. This made a lot more sense, and I’m sure glad that I called him especially since he told me that I didn’t owe him anything for his advice. Had I not, I might not be alive to write this post today.


Since the old 3-socket outlet was really old, I accidentally broke it while trying to re-install it. I went back to the Home Depot and bought a new one, came back and installed it. Now there was no neutral wire, all the excess charge would be routed through the grounding wire which is supposedly a lot safer than sending it into a wire with no place to go as would have been the case.

Click here to see how to replace a dryer cord. Notice that the middle wire is the grounding wire and that in a 4-prong situation, both the grounding and neutral wires are attached to the center slot in the terminal block and then they are sent back into the outlet in two different wires.

After replacing it with a new 3-prong socket and installing the dryer with a 3-pronged cord, I replaced the back cover panel and turned the power on. We have now been able to do our laundry without needing to go to my parents’ house or the Laundromat, and the best part is nobody died!

And so it begins…


Hello friends!  Welcome to our blog!!  And thanks for joining us on this exciting adventure.  We have been talking about starting a blog for a long time, and moving into our new home has finally given us the push we needed to get started.  We plan to make this space a virtual journal of sorts – a place where we can share our adventures, our goals, and our progress with family and friends.  We especially hope to have lots of posts about our new house – we’ve got big plans for this cute little place!  We hope you’ll stick around for all the fun.  And by all means, make yourself at home!


Kacee and Shane