The Fourth Messenger
All songs ©Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng.
Piano and Vocals: Vienna Teng, except where otherwise noted.
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“The Human Experience”
Mama Sid helps a woman with cancer cope with her feelings of fear.
The sheltered community in which Sid was raised springs vividly to life in her memory.
“Force of Nature”
The persistent questions of a young meditation student have a powerful effect on Mama Sid. In this song, Sid notices a shift taking place within herself.
“Temptations: Bread and Water”
A loaf of bread and a glass of water try to cajole Sid into giving up her quest for enlightenment.
(Bread: Stephan Smith Collins, Water: Anna Ishida)
“Temptations: Come Back to Me”
Sid’s former boyfriend Yasha tries to lure her back to the sensual world.
(Yasha: Robert Brewer, Sid: Cathleen Riddley)
“Look to the Thought”
Mama Sid, Raina, and the ensemble reflect on Sid’s teachings about actions and their consequences.