Mindy Gledhill Music

What do you do when no one is watching?

Posted on: October 15, 2008

Ever wonder what I do when no one is watching? I won’t tell you everything, but I will share what I did whilst staying at a host family’s home in Las Vegas a few weeks ago.

I was down in good old Sin City with two back-to-back performances on a Thursday and Friday night. I secretly wish I could tell you that I was performing to sold-out audiences at The Colosseum, but these were church-girl performances (don’t get me wrong guys—we had fun! Right?) I stayed with my friend Liz who always makes me the tastiest homemade beef jerky when she knows we’ll be seeing each other (thanks Liz).

This was the first time I had stayed in Liz’s home. It’s always interesting staying in someone else’s home. I’m fascinated by how other people live—how they cook, their DVD collection, the way they decorate, etc. One can tell how much Liz values spirituality by all of the inspirational quotes on her wall and the family pictures that adorn her shelves.

Before going to bed the night before, Liz informed me that she would be leaving for work early and to make myself at home when I awoke in the morning. I habitually exercise in the mornings, so the first thing I did after awakening was peruse the DVD collection for some kind of aerobic workout. All I could find was a copy of Richard Simmons’s “Sweatin’ to the Oldies. “ Nah, I thought to myself. I scanned each shelf again. There’s got to be something else. Zilch. So, I put on my workout duds and decided to give Richard Simmons a chance. After all, he had sold a gazillion copies of his workout videos. I would soon find out that this fact alone might be the greatest mystery known to man.

It started out with a skit where Richard Simmons is searching everywhere for his mother. He finally finds her making illegal copies of his workout tapes in the back room of an obscure warehouse. He wails as the police haul her off to the Big House, “Oh, Mother!!! How could you?!!” All of this is of course, an attempt to prevent people from ripping off his videos. Oh brother, I think. Let’s get on with this.

The workout takes place in a high school prom-themed gymnasium with a live band and mullet-headed lead singer on electric. I sway side to side with Richard and his out of shape comrades. Then we start shaking our hands like we are flicking water off our fingertips. I look around to make sure no one is watching me, even though I know I am alone. Can you stop and just picture this? Yes, Mindy Gledhill all alone doing a Richard Simmons workout? Too funny. Needless to say, I didn’t make it through five minutes of the workout, not because I was sweating, but I just couldn’t take it anymore. I’m sorry Mr. Simmons. I guess I can’t endorse you.

I gave up on working out and scouted out the kitchen for breakfast. I found the avocado salsa that I had eaten the night before and ate a bowl of that (and two others later on for lunch and dinner). Now THAT is something I can endorse. Seriously amazing stuff. I’m off to get the recipe from Liz to post for you all.

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10 Responses to "What do you do when no one is watching?"

Mindy,
I appreciated your post and wonderful tribute to your friend Stephanie. I have to admit that I have never heard your music before, and you are amazing. You have a wonderful voice that is calming and easy to listen to. Thanks for sharing your talents.
I have followed along with Courney’s blog to see how the Nielson’s are doing, even though I don’t know them, I still feel drawn to their story.
Good luck with the concert. I live in Tucson, and wish so badly that I could attend, since I actually live close enough to go.
Take care

Mindy-
I, too, came to you through cjane. I lived in Washington state and was excited to see you were performing here this past weekend. However, we drove 45 minutes to get to Auburn, but there was no concert. We met some other nice people who were looking for the same concert, but we were never able to figure out what happened. Did you perform with the Nashville Band in Auburn, WA on October 18th. If so, where was the real concert? If not, what happened? After over 3 hours in the car trying to find you, we gave up. We’d love to know what happened. Were you really here? 🙂

I just listened to – Feathers in the Wind….on CJane…..and it’s absolutely beautiful! I’m so excited to pick up a CD and listen to it!

What a wonderful friend you are to perform for Stephanie- Although I have never met her I have followed her story since the crash made blog news and thus how I found your beautiful music- wish I could be there-

Mindy, this is such a great and funny post. You are awesome for working out in the morning… And at someone elses house to boot! I love your music, and you are just beautiful.

Mindy,
You have come such a long way. Your video is beautiful, of course it is you and your music. Randy and I both receive your email updates and are watching and waiting for you to head our way.
All our best to you and your family,
tracie barr

LoL! So funny…scary thing is…I think my mom still has that on BETA or VHS, not sure which, but I have some scary memories of that little workout tape. I’d love the salsa recipe…that is my kind of breakfast! Pass that one on! And if you ever need a host family in Florida…you’re welcome to stay with us ;O)

I went to the fireside tonight in Cottonwood. It was very enlightening to me for a few reasons. I loved that you said that we are never too old to stop dreaming about going after our dreams. I have been a big day dreamer (like I said when I stood up 🙂 all my life. Here I am in my 30’s with 5 kids and my dreams are just as vivid in my mind as they were when I was 10. Once in awhile I have the thought that I am getting a bit old to think about those dreams anymore. Thanks so much for making me realize how important dreams can be. You and Kendra (is that right?) gave a terrific fireside. Both talented and seemingly warm hearted people. You are living your dream. (and mine truthfully) I need to go for my dreams like you did for your’s. (I guess I should finish potty training my kids though, right?) 🙂

I wanted to thank you for your fireside in Cottonwood last Sunday night. I have been a nienie follower for years and through 2 degrees of separation feel like I know her well. I had wanted to go to Pheonix for the benefit and due to work problems couldnt make it. But your fireside brought comfort and tears and I wanted you to know it was appreciated. Thanks again and good luck with all you do!

Mindy, I am all about Richard Simmons. We are so going to do Sweatin to the Oldies together sometime before we die, I promise! Seriously, ask Steve. I’ve been known to do even more wacky exercise vids in my pajamas. Ever seen Sit and Be Fit on PBS? I’m a regular. Can’t you tell by looking at me?

This post made me laugh.

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