THIS IS THE WHOLE EPISODE- Dialogue and Songs...listening time 24:30.
THESE ARE THE SONGS IN THE EPISODE...
NO. 1: I’M AFRAID Sung by Sara, aka Humanity’s Child and Humanity’s Cousins
If there is any one emotion most prevalent in peoples lives today – in the time of Copvid-19 – it is fear. We are ALL “afraid.” Now, please understand that fear is a good thing; without fear humanity simply would not have survived. At the same time, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. Fear can become debilitating, preventing us from living fully; hiding us from joy. We have good reason to fear! That said; if we are to keep fear from being debilitating, it helps to identify the sources of that fear and our emotional responses to it. “I’m Afraid” are the first words heard in our show. If you ask “Sara,” the principle character in the play, “Why are you afraid?” She would answer, “Well, first of all “you” (parents, society?) promised me for the first decade of my life that “I’d never need to fear, ‘cuz you’d always be here.” And, most of you also promised me that “God was lookin’ out for me?” Really? Are you here...is “He” here?” So, where do I stand now...I don’t know? “What am I gonna do now that I’ve seen it?” And what am I most afraid of? “I may not be alive...to be afraid.”
NO. 2: DANCE OF THE BOOGIEMAN Sung by Vox, aka “The Voice in Sara’s Head,” and Humanity’s Cousins
It is easy to jump to the conclusion that “The Boogieman” aka, “Boogeyman” character in our play is meant to represent a particular person...
it is not. Rather, I use the arch-type of the bad actor intervening in the lives of humans and bringing, at the least, unhappiness. It is sometimes hard to recognize the Boogieman. He/she is very good at disguising his/her intent; of making us think she/he is, in fact, “a good actor.” As a result, many humans cannot even agree on what good acting or what is bad acting is. When a government rolls back regulations designed to protect the environment, environmentalists see that as a “bad act,” while, at the same time, those businesses that had previously been constrained by regulations, see the roll-back as a “good act.” And yet, is there no act so “bad” where all people would agree it is indeed “bad,” or at least “bad enough” to absolutely require change? Probably not, I regret to hypothesize. Keeping kids in cages? Nope...not all agree a bad thing. Killing kids in schools? Nope...not all agree a bad thing (if they are not their kids.) So...what about Covid-19? You’d think a global pandemic that has killed and continues to kill literally millions of people would be universally seen as a bad thing. Is it? And all this...is the Boogieman at work. So... “Be advised, the Boogieman is real!”
NO. 3: SHOULD I PRAY? Sung by Sara
It was with great trepidation that I included this song, and the idea behind it, in my show. Why? Because anything that smacks of “religion” puts me on the road to you know where. There are folks who might say even asking that question is an offense to God. In fact, one person, after reading the script, withdrew from the show because this song was, as she put it, “against my religion.” And so, let me be clear, Humanity’s Child is not a “religious musical.” Humanity’s Child is a human musical based on human experiences. Many human beings, in times of trouble, will seek divine help through prayer. Many other human beings will see no causation between praying and events that follow.
And, as an educational psychologist specializing in adolescent development I can tell you, most, if not “virtually” all human beings, at some time in their teens or early adulthood experience doubt. That experience is reflected in my song “Should I Pray?” Please note, I never say “yes, you should,” or “no, you should not.” I just allow my character (Sara/Humanity’s Child) to ask the question on behalf of all humanity’s children who, at some time or another will probably also ask that question. That said; I did intend that there be a “Spiritual” aspect to this musical that I do not consider to be a “religious” aspect. Rather, I wanted to represent the notion that there really might be “a Spirit within,” if only a metaphor for the tenacity and persistence of the human species to survive. My friend and internationally-known recording artist Shawn Phillips has a great song called “Implications,” that includes this line...
“Life, you are sacred; you are the only thing we bear.
You are the adamant implication that we care.”
This musical, for me and all who participate, is “the adamant implication that we care.”