This album of songs from the new musical "The Fourth Messenger" stars Vienna Teng as Mama Sid, a world-renowned spiritual teacher with a hidden past. Loosely inspired by the Buddha legend, this contemporary re-imagining poses the question of whether and how it's possible to be both enlightened and flawed.
This pre-order package includes a physical CD and a digital download, to be released November 7, 2015.
Music by Vienna Teng, lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng, directed by Matt August, orchestrated/music directed by Ryan O'Connell.
"An absolute delight." - SF Chronicle • "Profound and profane, combative and compassionate… Teng’s complex harmonies and inspired melodies stick with you long after the curtain goes down." - Art Animal • "Hugely ambitious and refreshingly original…Teng is a fresh and exciting new theatrical talent with a distinctive voice of her own…" - Huffington Post • "Masterful and compelling…both timeless and contemporary." - Stage and Cinema
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The legend of the prophecy surrounding Mama Sid's conception springs to life as Mama Sid's students Derekh and Harmony tell the story to Raina.
The elephant came to you, is it true?
The white elephant came to you, is this true?
Well, yes, that is, I did dream of an elephant, but–
I knew it!
(VLADIMIR, DEREKH, and HARMONY cheer and embrace.)
The ancient prophets all foretold it
What part of “you’re knocked up” isn't crystal clear?
MAY AND SUNNY
(MAY and SUNNY embrace. VLADIMIR and DEREKH slap SUNNY on the back, congratulating him in their language.)
And this is not just any baby, oh no. A being such as this comes but once in ten thousand years! A being so noble, so majestic, that even the birds and the beasts bow down to pay their respects!
(VLADIMIR and DEREKH again slap SUNNY on the back, shouting further congratulations.)
Yeah? What's he gonna be? A captain of industry like his papa?
The possibilities are boundless
So many paths that fate could take
But you can trust in a life beyond compare
commanding troops on land and water
Creating law with the wave of a hand
A movie star...
Or the world’s first
SUNNY & MAY
A super-athlete - top of the game
A power broker, a money machine
greater than the world’s ever seen...
All of that is possible, yes. But there is another option:
A noble teacher your child could be
A kind of tour guide to the mysteries
Renouncing the materialist class
To pursue the spirit’s path
Holy mendicant roaming the land
Spreading wisdom and joy with the touch of a hand
(Alarmed) Holy...mendicant?! A beggar, you mean?
Only in the most trivial sense!
So my kid will either be rich and powerful or some kind of homeless wacko?!
I never said-
What's gonna make the difference? What's gonna tilt the scales between option number one and option number two?
Well, since you ask...
(Closes her eyes, enters a trancelike state. VLADIMIR, DEREKH, and HARMONY join her.)
CLARA, VLADIMIR, DEREKH, HARMONY
If the child is to become the awakened one, the holy mendicant, the great wandering sage...
(She opens her eyes.)
will be the storm
that bursts the dam
could do much harm
I need a plan!
So who are they? What do they look like? What are their names?
Messengers number one, two and three
Ambassadors of life's fragility
Harbingers of every creature’s plight:
Existence is both harsh and fleeting
All that's strong shall one day weaken
We are born to sicken, age and die
So these first three messengers who will transform my kid into a... spiritual peddler… will be icons of sickness, aging, and death?
You could put it that way.
What about the fourth messenger?
The fourth. Ah...the fourth.
A grain of hope, a hint of light
A spark of possibility…
So that's grain, hint or spark?
A glimmer that this earth just might
Hold more than what the eyes can see
With a pure and shining presence
This messenger inspires a dream
Of a pathway to transcendence
A path to set all creatures free
Once your child has seen this vision
No force on earth can stem the tide
Compassion streaming into wisdom
Spurring on your noble child
CLARA, VLADIMIR, DEREKH, HARMONY
Will point the way
To what’s beyond
Will spur this young soul to become
The one who shines light on this desolate age
The one whose compassion is vaster than earth
Who unlocks the secrets of death and rebirth-
No way in hell!
You don’t have to yell.
Sickness, aging, death, and some holy freak
These are the four my kid’s never gonna see
Then he’ll grow up to be a tycoon like me!
I will surround him with young, healthy people
I’ll build a fortress, the walls will be stout
And i will keep those four damn messengers out!