The Fourth Messenger
These samples are either piano and voice demos, or live production recordings, with orchestrations by Robin Reynolds. Our forthcoming studio album will feature Vienna Teng singing the role of Sid and new orchestrations by Ryan O’Connell.
All songs ©Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng.
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“The Human Experience”
Mama Sid (Annemaria Rajala) helps Myra (Bekka Fink), a woman dealing with cancer, to cope with her feelings of fear.
In a flashback, Sid’s father Sunny (Will Springhorn, Jr.) sings the praises of the gated community in which Sid was raised. (Soloists: Reggie White, Simone Kertesz. Ensemble: Jackson Davis, Bekka Fink, Dave Garrett, Barnaby James, Cathleen Riddley, Alexis Wong)
“Force of Nature”
Raina’s compelling presence and persistent questioning have a powerful effect on Mama Sid, causing her to reevaluate her choices. Piano and voice demo by Vienna Teng.
Meditation student (and undercover reporter) Raina (Anna Ishida) questions Mama Sid (Annemaria Rajala) about why she’s kept her past a secret for the last twenty years.
“As Long As I am Living/Human Experience Reprise”
Mama Sid acknowledges that even a spiritual teacher has room to grow. (SID: Annemaria Rajala, RAINA: Anna Ishida, BACKUP: Robert Brewer, Jackson Davis, Bekka Fink, John Paul Gonzalez, Helen Laroche, Daniel Olson, Tanya Shaffer, Will Springhorn Jr., Alexis Wong)
“Look to the Thought”
Mama Sid, Raina, and the ensemble reflect on Sid’s teachings about actions and their consequences. Piano and voice demo by Vienna Teng.