An Honest Day's Prayer


An Honest Day's Prayer


November 19
Nathan Brown • Carla McElhaney

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Reading from his new volume, An Honest Day’s Prayer, Nathan Brown offers prayer-like poems of hope, healing, and gratitude – often laced with a strong dose of humor – for the people who matter most to us, the state of our world, and some of the ordinary (and extraordinary) things that make life worth living. Pianist Carla McElhaney provides reflective, curated musical responses to Nathan’s readings by composers who frequently appear on her KMFA Night Music playlist, including Ola Gjielo, Peter Maxwell Davies, Philip Glass, and more.

“Healing requires a sacred algebra,
a ganja science with no hypotheses
or pie charts to explain how to free
the striving and dread-locked soul.”

–Nathan Brown
from “Faerie on Fire”
An Honest Day’s Prayer

Nathan Brown, poet

Nathan Brown

Carla McElhaney, piano

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Food Truck • Brunch with KMFA
Post-show chat with the artists moderated by a celebrity host from KMFA Classical 89.5. 

P r o g r a m

NATHAN BROWN • Readings from An Honest Day’s Prayer
Music in response to the readings by OLA GJIELO, PETER MAXWELL DAVIES, FEDERICO MOMPOU, ERIK SATIE and more, curated and performed by pianist Carla McElhaney.

About An Honest Day’s Prayer

“This is the first in a trilogy I promised my daughter I’d have out before the end of 2017. Because of current cultural issues, this has been a dark and sad year for her. One that is testing her faith and trust in things. If it sounds like I’m being vague, I am. A father’s love is as careful as it is hopeless and bottomless. So, Sierra, here is a book of prayers. To whom, or what, you’ll have to decide.”

—Nathan Brown

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