Lost In Her Work
Sep 2, 2013

Living the fullness of who I am

It's already September, a fact that stuns me when I really take stock of what that means. I've been WURD's Program Director for an entire year. We've had shows and personnel come and go. A ton of technical headaches and upgrades. We've hobnobbed with celebrities and political giants, discussed and participated in historic moments, advocated for righteous causes and spent a lot of time refining what and how we do things at the station. An epic year, for sure. A blessing, indeed. But sometimes, it seems like a long journey from my former life even a few years ago.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I literally used to sing for my supper, or that creativity was a constant part of my life. One of my favorite jobs ever was as an ensemble member of a musical titled The Hidden Sky, based on an Ursula LeGuin short story. It was sci-fi meets Broadway, with a soundtrack inspired by the work of Peter Gabriel and Nusrat Fateh Ali-Khan. It took either 4 or 5 auditions, in Philly and New York, and 10 weeks of rehearsals, but the payoff was awesome. Our stage was raked at a 30-degree angle, with all kinds of trap doors and hidden passages and we moved in a fully-exposed proscenium. Our Bedouin-inspired costumes were designed by the wife of pop star/record label chief/photographer David Byrne of The Talking Heads, who took a set of cast press pics and gave us all a framed version as a keepsake. And for a month, I got to play a Necromancer (a resurrector of "dead knowledge") and sing and dance a redemption story about finding the power of God through the voice of higher mathematics. It was a wondrous time.

One of the big musical numbers of the show followed the lead character, Ganil, as she took her version of Jesus' 40 days in the desert, locking herself in a hidden workshop and exploring heady concepts like the discovery of Phi and the Fibonacci sequence. With narration, digital projections and really well-crafted songs, our cast delivered the scene called "Lost In Her Work." And while I am still trying to figure out how to have my superhero theme music playing as I walk into a room, I have felt a lot like Ganil lately. There is so much to do, so many divine things to discover in the world, that--if you're not careful--you can spend hours, days, months caught up in the details and in danger of missing the big picture.

The rest of the year is going to be very, very busy for WURD. Forums, our 10th Anniversary Celebration, partnerships with regional and national businesses and so on and so on. There will be plenty of long days and detail-filled planning sessions in my future. An inevitable part of the job. So I've got to be just as purposeful in unplugging at the end of the day. The sweet spot of this position, this life, is in seeing and doing enough outside of the station to provide meaningful input to what I do at the station. Being a whole Stephanie. Devoted to the work, when needed, and then equally devoted to myself.

Here is last week's playlist: