Program

Every Voice Matters

Saturday, November 20, 2021
4:00-5:30pm


---OUR TEAM---

Arie Lugo, Artistic Director

Ashley Dos Santos, Facilitator

Kevin Phan, Pianist

Jennifer Paz, Artist in Residence

Rita Lambros, Instructional Support

Isabel Ortega, Community Liaison


---OUR SINGERS---

Ayslin Meseer

Carleigh Beckner

Noelani Daro

Sade Alabi


---PROGRAM---

Outdoor Welcome

1. Now I Walk in Beauty,
Author Unknown
A Traditional Navajo Prayer

Now I walk in Beauty
Beauty is before me
Beauty is behind me
Above and below me

2. One Foot/Lead with Love,
Melaine DeMore
Inspired the great movements
that started out of love

You gotta put
One foot in front of the other
And lead with love

Don't give up hope
You're not alone
Don't you give up
Keep moving on

Lift up your eyes
Don't you despair
Look up ahead
The path is there

I know you're scared
And I'm scared too
But here I am
Right next to you

3. #unitedwedream,
Melissa Dunphy
Words from Claudia Hernandez
to inspire hope, empathy, and action


Th
is is where we found our
home away from home
This is where we belong
Mother Earth, who feeds us all
Takes our roots no matter how long
She's whispering this is
where you belong.


--
Original Song
by Sade

Poetry Reading
--


4. Found/Tonight,
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt
Grappling with adolescence and community

We may not yet have reached our glory

But I will gladly join the fight
And when our children tell their story
They'll tell the story of tonight

Have you ever felt like nobody was there?
Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere?
Have you ever felt like you could disappear?
Like you could fall, and no one would hear?


Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
(All we see is light)
'Cause maybe there's a reason
to believe you'll be okay
(For forever)
'Cause when you don't feel
strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand

And oh
(Raise a glass to freedom)
Something they can never take away
No matter what they tell you
Someone will coming running
To take you home
Raise a glass to all of us
Tomorrow there'll be more of us
Telling the story of tonight

Out of the shadows
The morning is breaking
(they'll tell the story of tonight)
And all is new
It's only a matter of time

Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
When you're broken on the ground
You will be found

So let the sun come streaming in
'Cause you'll reach up and you'll rise again
If you only look around
You will be found

And when our children tell their story

You will be found

They'll tell the story of tonight


No matter what they tell you

Tomorrow there'll be more of us

Telling the story of tonight.



5. Wade in the Water,
An African American Spiritual

A tradition of singing, sometimes with hidden meanings


Wade in the Water,
wade in the water children.

Wade in the Water.
God's gonna trouble the water.


Who are those children all dressed in Red?

God's gonna trouble the water.

Must be the ones that Moses led.

God's gonna trouble the water.


Who's that young girl dressed in White?

God's gonna trouble the water.

Must be the ones of the Israelites.

God's gonna trouble the water.


Jordan's water is chilly and cold

It chills the body, but not the soul
If you get there before I do
Tell all my friends I'm coming too

Chorus.

6. Try Everything, Shakira
An upbeat and motivational message


I messed up tonight
I lost another fight
Lost to myself,
but I'll just start again

I keep falling down
I keep on hitting the ground
But I always get up now to see what's next

Birds don't just fly
They fall down and get up
Nobody learns without getting it wrong

I won't give up
No, I won't give in till I reach the end
And then I'll start again
No, I won't leave
I want to try everything
I want to try even though I could fail

Look how far you've come
You filled your heart with love
Baby, you've done enough
Take a deep breath
Don't beat yourself up
No need to run so fast
Sometimes we come last,
but we did our best

I'll keep on making those new mistakes
I'll keep on making them every day
Those new mistakes

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Try everything

--
Original Song

By Ayslin

Original Song
By
Carleigh

Journaling Activity
--


7. We Tell Each Other Stories,
Craig Hella Johnson

An invitation to return to love

We tell each other stories
so that we will remember
Try and find the meaning
in the living of our days

Always telling stories,
wanting to remember
Where and whom we came from
Who we are

Sometimes there’s a story
that’s painful to remember
One that breaks the heart of us all

Still we tell the story
We’re listening and confessing
What we have forgotten
In the story of us all

We tell each other stories
so that we will remember
Trying to find the meaning

I am open
to hear this story
about a boy, an ordinary boy
Who never had expected
his life would be this story,
(could be any boy)
I am open to hear a story
Open, listen. All.


Soloist: Jennifer Paz, Artist in Residence