July 2, 2011

Mom's Favorite

Mom's Favorite starts at the :57 mark

LTYM-Adam-2Behind the scenes of Listen To Your Mother with Adam Kellogg...

Adam is a writer and marketer who blogs about the Cubs at obstructedview.net and about life at adamkellogg.com. He lives in Chesterton with his wife (Heather) and two sons (Addison and Colin) and believes that most of life's problems can be solved with baked goods.

Thoughts from Adam: "When I got a Facebook message from Stephanie about something she referred to as "my production of Listen To Your Mother," my immediate reactions was . . . your what now? I was so proud that she had this opportunity to produce a show, any show. But this was at the Memorial Opera House, and that's for real. So I was ecstatic for her. I have known Stephanie since I was a young, stupid teenager, and even as a young, stupid teenager I could have told you she'd wind up doing something like this. So now that she was asking me if I wanted to audition, it wasn't even a question. Of course I would audition. To support Steph.

But Listen To Your Mother? That hasn't exactly been the theme of my life. I don't think my name is the first that comes to anyone's mind in response to the word motherhood. When I looked up the show's history, I noticed a slight difference between me and the writers and performers who had come before me. I'm a dude. But my three sisters are all mothers. My wife's a mother. I have great friends who are mothers. My mother's a mother. So even though I'm not qualified to be a mother, I know enough to talk for five minutes about the subject. And I needed to support Steph. Of course.

So I wrote a piece about my mother that just about wrote itself. Writing about my mom: not a problem. She made that part easy. Auditioning was a bit more intimidating, but not too bad. After all, I was just there to support Steph and to tell her in person how proud of and excited for her I was that she was accomplishing something so impressive and perfect for her . . . and that I knew this was only the beginning for her. I was resigned to the reality that this was the end of my involvement in the show. I had shown my support, which was really all I cared about. And that was true.

Okay, no, it was a big fat hairy lie. I totally wanted to be in the show like I can't even say. Getting the chance to meet these wonderful women, perform with them, and admire them deeply has been a remarkable gift. It was more rewarding than I could have imagined, and I imagined quite a bit. Everyone did such an amazing job, and I'll treasure my part in this production for the rest of my life. (And I'm glad I got to do this for my mother. I think it meant a lot to her, even though it's such a small gesture compared to what she's done for me.)

I am thrilled, too, that I got to support Steph at the audition, through the rehearsals, on stage, and in the afterglow of it all. It's an incredible thing to see someone's dream come true, especially when that dream is so true to that person's identity on so many levels--as a friend, a performer, a leader, an artist, a writer, a dreamer, and a mother, Listen To Your Mother was as perfect for Stephanie as she was for LTYM. And I got to witness it all unfold. How awesome is that?"
A little background from Steph: "(Okay, so how do I follow that?? Thank you, Adam.) I wasn't sure if people would "get" his piece like I did because I have known Adam and his entire family since middle school. I was honestly really surprised that he auditioned, and just melted to a puddle by his piece. So many people still tell me that "Mom's Favorite" has made them want to be a better mother. I couldn't agree more. I am so happy to include such an amazing tribute in our Listen To Your Mother Show."

Every Sunday I'll be featuring a "behind the scenes" of each Listen To Your Mother Valparaiso/NW Indiana piece. You can watch the entire show on the Listen To Your Mother Show YouTube channel here or see each piece listed and linked here and here.

Listen To Your Mother photos by Beth Fletcher Photography


  1. I love listening to all of these.. haven't done this one yet but will do so in the morning.

    I just wanted to thank you for mentioning "What About Brian" - the hubs and I found it on instant Netflix and we've been watching it way too much. Thought-provoking, angry... good stuff. :)

  2. I remember listening to this piece and thinking, I hope my kids feel this way, too.

  3. Erin, I'm sure they'll think that about you their whole lives. Just have that feeling. And Steph, thanks again. I love that you're revisiting that night every week. It's such a great memory.

  4. I loved this post, Adam. Thank you so much to both of you. The LTYM gifts just keep coming.


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