As Sid meditates, a vision of her own mother, May, comes to tempt her away from her resolve.
MAY AND ANGELS
Poor sweetheart. You’re exhausted.
Oh, Mama. I've missed you so. All my life.
Then join me.
(Rousing slightly) But...you're dead.
Exactly. It's so peaceful! Isn’t that what you want: to be at peace?
But my work here’s not done.
You’ll finish it some other time.
There are many lifetimes to be lived
May and angels
Maybe next time you’ll have more to give
Now sleep, sleep
What's one little lifetime, anyway?
(As SID sings the following, the ensemble enters and stands behind May, a sea of faces stretching back.)
Then suddenly I see
Stretched out behind me
The bodies I have occupied
The people I have loved
The tears I have cried
The deaths I have died
A hundred thousand lifetimes
A hundred thousand lifetimes Is enough
This time I'll see it through
It's what I have to do
MAY AND ENSEMBLE
You break my heart.
I know it.
I break my own heart too.
from The Fourth Messenger, featuring Vienna Teng
released November 10, 2015
Music by Vienna Teng
Lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng
Directed by Matt August
Music Directed and Orchestrated by Ryan O'Connell
SID: Vienna Teng
MAY: Noe Venable
ENSEMBLE: Chris Aceves, Robert Brewer, Anna Ishida, Barnaby James, Maria Mikheyenko, Annemaria Rajala, Leandra Ramm, Ashley Simms
Piano and keyboards: Ryan O'Connell
Violin: Anthony Blea
Cello: Freya Seeburger
Drums: Ken Bergmann
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