@ Mayan Fox,Good on you and the best of luck on your upcoming band
You are one of the rare ones within the modern alternative rock music industry.
Good for you and job well done in maintaining the balance.
This article couldn't come at a better time as our own band in which I
perform with my wife starts to hit our straps and with an international tour
approaching, the juggle of family (we have 3 kids), Church and our careers can
play on our minds. We seem to be making it work thus far and so long as our
family doesn't suffer, we can continue to make it work.
Excellent interview. The young lady is an outstanding example and I hope she
gets the opportunity to share her wonderful personality, testimony and faith for
many years to come. Very refreshing to hear those comments.
Gospel in action. I love this article. Lots of people live the stereotypical
mormon suburban life that fits the mold and that's awesome, but lots of
others do something a bit different and that's not bad either. Here's
a faithful woman magnifying her talents, cooperating with her spouse, raising a
family, loving her lgbt friends, and sharing the gospel. She's an
Seriously awesome story. I went to the concert the other night and Neon Trees
makes great music.For those struggling with judging the hearts and
intents of others, I suggest re-reading Christ's words in the New Testament
along with some kind of mindfulness, awareness study. I'm actually being
serious. Just be happy for people, and stop judging. Stop it....
Okay, I just listened to their first video, "First Things First" and I
have to admit that one, the sound is hot and cool. The lead singer is fantastic,
the lyrics very touching, and did I mention that I cried. A very powerful song.
For those who hesitate because of fear in doing what you always wanted to to,
stop being afraid, trust your inner self, trust in God (yes, He exists), and DO
IT! If necessary, take those initial baby steps, and then allow yourself to
So I checked out Neon Trees on iTunes to see what their stuff is like, and
I've got to say that it left me asking a few of the same questions I had
when Mormon Messages did that spot on Brandon Flowers. Here are two great,
talented, human beings (Brandon,Elaine) with wonderful testimonies, yet I find
myself wishing I could see more of that shining through in the music and lyrics
they produce. There are several songs from Neon Trees that I definitely
wouldn't play for my children (e.g. Sleeping With My Friend), and, like
some work of The Killers, and some of Brandon Flowers' solo work that play
like the soundtrack at the Great and Spacious Building. There are so many
Christian groups who are unashamed of their convictions, make great interesting
music, and use their talent to glorify God (e.g. Kings Kaleidescope, Deas Vail,
Switchfoot, TobyMac, Lecrae). Every song doesn't need to be "Jesus
Loves Me", but surely we can find a place for poetic expressions that bring
the spirit and change hearts and lives while simultaneously rocking out. Why are
we here if not to glorify Him? Time is short. Romans 1:16
"something sweet about kids from more or less the middle of nowhere getting
their little piece of modern rock". That's hilarious. And she better
be "firm" in her convictions, because anyone with a clue will see right
through them, and call her on them. Dig deeper honey, stay firm!
Judgmental people drive me NUTS! Why was Elaine was ASKED to do an "I'm
A Mormon" spot? How about to knock down some of the stereotypical
"facts" that mothers must be sitting inside a tract house with a child,
eating goldfish crackers and playing puzzles in order to parent? How about
strolling hand-in-hand with that child along the Champs-Elysees in the
afternoon, and sitting on her father's lap, applauding mommy in the
evening? Why do so many struggle realizing that what a family, sealed together
eternally decides to do is NONE of anybody else's business? THEY work it
out. Grounded people do just fine pursuing their passions with their
God-given talents, and make it to the end without going astray. I can point out
hundreds of them. (Just as many drug-addicted church soccer-moms, too.) Would
God give a woman a superior talent, and expect her to bury it until she's
popped out eight children? Think, people. Then smile and clap. Life is a tough
enough journey without those who feel it their duty to be "just a little bit
superior" because they fit the "right" pattern.
I enjoyed the article. Cookie-cutter Mormon? I don't think so.
I was also in a rock band. The money I earned helped pay for my mission. And
since then I've been a Bishop 3 times. One can have an exciting fulfilling
life without giving up their standards. Thank you Elaine for being a good person
and an example to all!
@ Harold Skill:Because she is a convert. A person can grow up in an
inactive (or active) Mormon family and be totally away and distance themselves
from the Church and all religion. She did and was. She had to eventually become
converted in the same way most other typical converts do. She had to come to a
personal realization that the path she was on and the things she had in her life
at that time weren't bringing her the happiness she desired. When someone said some things that caused her to start thinking more seriously
about her life and how important God and Christ are in the big scheme of things,
she started reading the Bible. Her study eventually led to becoming converted to
the gospel that she previously had never been involved with. She then totally
changed her life around in a way that eventually took her to BYU and from there
to a church mission. Don't make assumptions and shortchange the
process she went through. She truly is a convert.
The only thing about this article that I don't like, is that it tries to
portray her as if she is a convert to the Church. She isn't, I don't
think...She grew up in an LDS family in Logan, went to BYU, and
served an LDS mission. She is about as cookie cutter Mormon as you can get.
Why is the article trying to suggest she is a convert?
Just saw these guys in Austin, Texas. This girl is an amazing drummer! Loved the
music. Tyler is still feeling a need to run commentary on the gay thing...Many
of us are Mormon and believe that this is between him and God-- he
shouldn't need validation from a bunch of half-drunk strangers applauding
in the audience...Move on and just sing--you are so good and that's what we
Power to her! As a professional musician myself, mostly an educator, I
appreciate what she is doing. She's doing what I warn all my students
about, that of a life that is not very conducive to family life. But she is
figuring it out, or rather perhaps has figured it out. That's great.
It's a difficult thing to do, not impossible, but difficult. I'm sure
she's just seeing where this takes her, but I love her story and her
testimony and commitment to the gospel. I hope for her great success.
Elaine Bradley is obviously a well-grounded Mormon mom rock star!Just last night for the first time, I sampled a couple of Neon Trees videos on
the YouTube. It was very well executed and slick, but I s'pose I'm
just too old to fully appreciate a "refashion(ing of) post-Strokes dance
rock into unshakable radio pop." (It's WAY better than a lot of that
boom-de-boom the kids listen to nowadays! haha)She's right
about the Internet being a "deadly place" if you're undecided. WAY
too much confusion, contention, and negativity.She'll still
have Sebastian and Bryce long after Neon Trees CDs are collecting dust in the
cut-out bin. (They still make CDs, don't they? And is there still a
We need to clear up the idea that the problem is that people think Mormons
"hate" gay people. That's really not the issue. The issue is when
they support anti-equality laws like Prop 8. There are also issues with what
happens to gay Mormons but that doesn't necessarily have the ramifications
of supporting these laws.
"stay at home mothers....deserve highest recognition"I
applaud and recognize the efforts of all parents who love each other and their
children. I don't think we need to reserve "high" recognition to
only those who parent the way we think they should. Thanks for the article
recognizing an amazing couple who have come up with a successful and workable
solution to the great life that they have.
@Cherilyn Eagar;Thanks for the sour grapes.
While I admire anyone who can succeed in a show business career, I also have a
realistic perspective of what that means. I have dear friends who have been at
the top of the recording charts who are now either no longer with us or nearing
their retirement years. I have been in the entertainment world
myself for years under every union contract for musical theatre - in New York,
Dallas and on national tours. In the final analysis, it is both
quality AND quantity time with children that makes a difference. I cannot
emphasize more how important the traditional family is, with a stay at home
mother to care for those little children especially while they are small. Science is now proving that BOTH parents emit bonding chemicals that
these little children recognize that contributes to their stability and
emotional well-being from the time they are born. The more they are separated
from this chemistry, the more of a deficit is left behind. I hope
the Deseret News will also print articles of some of the amazing stay at home
mothers out there. They deserve highest recognition because they are
sacrificing their "best" career years for them.
What a cute family.
Elaine, thanks for sharing yourself and standing up for important things. Your
strength and courage is inspiring to me. Godspeed.
What a great article! She's a good person, is well grounded, and knows who
she is. As a member of the Church, it's nice to have someone like Elaine
have the career she has, while at the same time not being ashamed to let
everyone know she's a Mormon. I'm sure I speak for many who are proud
of her, and wish her and the band only the best.