Saturday Songs

Today was a very exciting Nathan kind of day. He is working on two (of thirty-five) upcoming projects, and it made a busy day.

This morning he printed scripts while I worked on the display for my mother’s burial service.

Then he spent the morning and part of the afternoon polishing the material for the upcoming Taste of Collinsville event.

While he did that, I studied to brush up on stage management and production skills. I haven’t done that since undergrad, and forgot how much I love it! Lights, tech, sound boards, and staging! I did less direction with blocking and staging, but remembered quickly as I studied. My experiences in the world of theater feel like eons ago, so I was glad that it came back to me quickly. It was also really neat for both of us to see how those experiences so long ago prepared me to be helpful now, where our gifts and talents can be so complimentary in making Nathan’s vision successful.

Nathan’s upcoming fall comedy series at the Opry in Collinsville is going to be so much fun! I will be stage manager for that, and he will be directing. He is writing two of the five scenes for each month’s performance, and has friends from all over the country helping with the other scenes – including local Grant Gardner from our ward! It is going to be amazing!

Today was the first day of auditions for casting the actors who will be in the comedy series. I had to introduce Nathan’s company, Seven Lively Arts, and Nathan himself, and help run auditions for casting. It was so fun!


Auditions continue Monday night, and we are also working on confirming the musical numbers that will be between skits. It will be like an old school radio play, with different stories and music performances. It will be the third Saturday every month from October to December.

After auditions, we drove up to Bartlesville to spend time with Nathan’s parents. His mother continues to recover, and his dad has help! Last night Nathan and I drove to Wichita to pick up his little-now-grown-up sister, Alicia, who is staying for a week to help their mom.

This was all lucky for me, because she brought her mad professional flute skills! She played her own arrangement of How Great Thou Art, which made me cry as that was the funeral songs for both my parents, and the first movement of a concerto:


When typing that into the blog, I asked Nathan if “concerto” had to be capitalized. Except I said it wrong in English, and my question came out like this:

Does “concerto” have to be hospitalized?

Without missing a beat, he replied:

Only if it’s Baroque.

He cracks me up.

Alicia also played piano and sang for us!


I wish I knew how to describe the amazing sounds I heard! When Alicia played her flute and the piano, all the notes twinkled around in my cochlear implanted brain the way fireflies dance on a summer night. It was amazing, and made me dizzy, and twinkled all over my brain. What an experience! I was so grateful, and could barely breathe.

What a powerful gift, to play such sounds, and what a powerful gift, to hear them.

I love Nathan, and I love Nathan’s family. We are glad to have Alicia here, sacrificing her birthday, and grateful for her service to the parents while mom recovers. She is an incredible talent and very sweet spirit, and a blessing to me as a sister-in-law.

Here’s a picture of Nathan’s mom’s garden, so she knows it is doing well:


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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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