Prologue/The Impact of A Life

Prologue

New 2016 opening song for Recurring John. The company of the show pose the question, “What is the impact of a life?”.

Choral version: Soprano, Mezzo, Alto (split), Tenor, Bass. Some divisi present.

7-person Ensemble version coming soon.

Lyrics & Music by Kevin Wong. © WovenKing Music 2016.

LYRICS (Click here)

EX-WIFE

A drop.​

DAUGHTER

A breeze.​

TEACHER

A word.​

MOTHER

A breath.​

CO-WORKER

​A lie.

FRIEND

​A vow.

PARK DWELLER

​A smile.

MOTHER

​A lifetime.

(The words repeat four times as music builds and the company comes into view.)

MOTHER

​It all begins with just a breath,
A sudden gasp, and then the light.
The rush of air upon your skin,
So many things at once begin
as your eyes take in your first sight.

PARK DWELLER

A crying babe in someone’s arms,
you start your life so very small.
But, faster than you’re laid in bed,
your life becomes a spool of thread
and then you’re woven through it all.

EX-WIFE

The smallest droplet in the dark,

DAUGHTER

The gust of air that two wings form,

TEACHER

A tiny thought before a word,

EX-WIFE

But, even droplets make a mark.

DAUGHTER

A gust can grow into a storm.

TEACHER

The word, once spoken, will be heard.

COMPANY

There is an impact to a life.
There is an impact to a life.

FRIEND

And who can say what soon may be;
what kind of path you’ll start to take?

CO-WORKER

What problems you might take in stride,
what you might show or keep inside,

FRIEND, CO-WORKER

What vows you’ll keep or choose to break?

EX-WIFE

Watch many drops meet to and fro,

DAUGHTER

See windstorms barrel down a coast,

TEACHER

Feel how one word can pierce a heart,

EX-WIFE

Watch as a river starts to flow.

DAUGHTER

The storm rips towns down to a post.

TEACHER

Feel that word tear someone apart.

COMPANY

What is the impact:

MOTHER, TEACHER, DAUGHTER, EX-WIFE

Of a drop,
of a breeze,
of a word?

CO-WORKER, FRIEND, PARK DWELLER

What is the impact:
of a vow,
of a lie,
of a smile?

COMPANY

What is the impact
of a child as they grow,
touching others as they go,
changing what we think we know,
leaving traces deep below;
To a child, to a beggar, to a teacher, to a wife
to a peer, to a friend, to a mother?

What is the impact of a life?
What is the impact of one life?

What is the impact…

CO-WORKER, FRIEND, PARK DWELLER

…of your life?

EX-WIFE

A drop.​

DAUGHTER

A breeze.​

TEACHER

A word.​

MOTHER

A breath.​

CO-WORKER

A lie.

FRIEND

A vow.

PARK DWELLER

A smile.

MOTHER

A lifetime.

EX-WIFE

A drop.​

DAUGHTER

A breeze.​

TEACHER

A word.​

MOTHER

A breath.​

CO-WORKER

A lie.

FRIEND

A vow.

PARK DWELLER

A smile.

MOTHER

A lifetime.

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