Isn't It Amazing​?​* (Bonus Track, Piano​/​Voice, Digital Only)

from by Vienna Teng and Tanya Shaffer

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    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

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Fourth Messenger, featuring Vienna Teng via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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This piano and voice bonus track is a song we wrote and loved which didn’t stay in the musical. It was originally intended to be Mama Sid’s first song upon entering. “The Human Experience” ultimately filled that spot, but we still love this song and hope that you do too!


Isn’t it Amazing?

Isn’t it amazing
How at times you awaken
Tangled up in a dream?
But when you try to hold the moment close
It streaks away from you
like a moving train
Leaving behind
Nothing but steam

To this waking dream
Isn’t it amazing
How urgent it seems?
We fight our battles, pledge our sacred oaths
Construct our fragile, towering spires
Of hope and desire

To this rushing stream
Everything we’ve created
Everything that we seem to be
Is just as insecure and fleeting
Mercurial as your own heart beating
Pure and strange, this too will change
Just like a dream
Slipping past like a dream
A miraculous dream
Isn't it amazing…


from The Fourth Messenger, featuring Vienna Teng, released November 10, 2015
Music by Vienna Teng
Lyrics by Tanya Shaffer

Piano and voice: Vienna Teng



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