Recognition - A Musical Play

by Christopher Tabor

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The play, RECOGNITION, is the story of the Narrator’s experience of “Recognition,” a feeling, akin to déjà vu. However, instead of feeling like he has “been here before,” he sees complete strangers and, somehow…”Recognizes” them…and they remind him of something that he can’t quite place his finger on. He has this very experience when he crosses paths with three ordinary people - on the day that he goes in to clean out his desk after having lost a job that he had done for over twenty years

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released February 3, 2014

Music and Lyrics - Christopher Tabor

Orchestration and Additional Music - Matt Tabor

Executive Producers - Joy Bottinelli and William J. Howe III

THE SONGS:

Already Morning
Chrissy Kelly-Pettit, Colin Wood, Lisamarie Harrison

A Chance
Laura Mathans, Lisamarie Harrison

Yes Ma’am I Am
Chris Tabor

Dreams
Lisamarie Harrison

The Biz
Cherie Price

Little Things
Chrissy Kelly-Pettit

Angels
Full Company

Piano - Matt Tabor
Bass - Craig Snazelle
Drums - Dave Averre
Brass - Ben Medler
Woodwinds - Michelle Medler
Choir - Pam Erven-Sukonik, Kari Ferguson, Maria Karlin,
Emily Kinkley, Stephanie Kramer, Catherine van der Salm

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Big Red Studio
Billy Oskay - Recording and Technical Advisor

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Track Name: Already Morning
KATHLEEN
Already morning. Feels like I just got to sleep
Life is a list that I made yesterday
So many errands, promises I’ve got to keep
Better get up, better get on my way
If I were Queen I’d put more hours in the day
But when you’re just Wife and Mother
It’s just another morning

ISAAC
Already morning. Please can’t I just press the snooze
And pull the covers up over my head?
Radio’s warning: bad weather, bad traffic, bad news
Sounds like a good day to stay in bed

But I hear a little voice calling from the other room
Reminding Dad that he should
Rise and Shine and say “good Morning”

LAURA
Already morning, snatched from the arms of that dream
The one I forget when I open my eyes
Straight out of REM sleep, up feeding and clothing the team
Does anyone notice my clever disguise?

There’s really a young girl here who cannot understand
Why girls don't stay young forever
I was never good with mornings

ALL
Each day I memorize some corny New Age mantra
That I hope will bring some sanity into a crazy day
I pray for something that will make it seem worthwhile

Then I see you smile
And that just makes my morning

Each day I ask myself if I’ve got what it takes
To be the person that this person needs
to help them make their way
And when it seems like I just cannot stand the grind
Somehow you always find
Some way to make my morning.
Track Name: A Chance
CAROLYN
People often say that life’s an uphill climb
That doesn’t bother me, I’ve got strength, I’ve got time
I’ve got all the tools, got a space to plant the seed
Got plenty of room to grow, but there’s one thing more that I need

I need a chance
To try for something new
I need a chance to spread my wings
And show what I can do
Give me the chance
And I might prove to you
That maybe sometimes dreams can still come true

Friends are fond of telling me that the road is long and hard
I’m never gonna let that keep me hiding here in my backyard
I only wonder how I can make them understand
I don’t need a handout, but I could use a friend, I could use a hand

And a chance
To try for something real
I need a chance to make mistakes
Just to find out how it feels
Give me the chance

And if I don’t come through
At least I’ve tried, I won’t regret it
But inside, I bet it will come my way
If I get my chance

LAURA
Sleeping in her chrysalis, a butterfly has dreams
Of dancing on a golden sea of rising air and slipstreams
And though she knows her time is short
For joining in the dance
Her tiny heart still aches and beats
And is thankful for the chance
Track Name: Yes Ma'am I Am
ISAAC
Should storm clouds darkens your skies
I’m the Sun
Should a question ever arise, I’m the 4-1-1

You don’t even have to call, don't make a sound
Just blink those great big eyes, I’ll be around

Yes Ma’am I am whatever you need me to be

If the bills are all coming due, just mark them all “paid”
If the summer heat is getting to you, I am your shade
(I’m your lemonade)
People talk 'bout tough love Lord I’ve tried
but when it comes to you, babe, got no pride
Yes Ma’am I am whatever you need me to be

Baby, I ain't lyin'.
You got the world and my heart in the palm of you hand
Little Lady, no denyin'
That I'm your one-stop shop. I'm your one-man band
(ISAAC and SECA dance)
If ole’ Lex Luthor’s got you down, I am your Superman
If you feel like you wanna leave town, I’m your movin’ van

But please don’t rush yourself, I can wait
This special offer has no expiration date

Yes Ma’am I am whatever you need me to be

You need a rush job, no prob I would be glad to
Throw in all the extras, all the whistles and bells
I never knew how good I could be ‘til I had to
Be somebody special for somebody else

Baby, did I tell you
That I'm your Johnny-on-the-Spot, I'm your Man-on-the-Scene
Little Lady, can I sell you
A lifetime subscription to "ME" magazine

In case I didn't make myself clear permit me to say
That you ever get the munchies my dear, the world is your buffet

So go ahead and help yourself Be my guest
You know you don't have to ask you know the answer will be
YES…Ma'am I am, whatever you need me to be
Track Name: Dreams
LAURA
Mother was certain that I’d be the dancer
The darling, the belle of the stage
I gave it my all and life gave me my answer
By letting me turn middle-age

But sometime it seems that a little girl’s dreams
Start dancing around in my head
Then I start feeling feelings
Of a memory I thought was dead

I still recall how it felt before curtain
On a long ago, recital night
My calling was chosen, my future was certain
My pirouettes working just right


I still remember each step of my dance
Each gesture I made to my Prince
My costume was beautiful
Heaven knows, I’ve never looked that pretty since

Enter Stage Right, bow to Prince Charming
Run to his arms, fall, he will catch you
Exit Down Left, into the sunset

Never get old…

Poor, silly little girl
Never really knew the difference between what’s real and dream
In my heart I see there’s a part of me
That will never grow old

Sometimes it seem that a little girl’s dreams
Will sparkle then fade like the dew
But I promise dear that as long as I’m here
It’ll never be that way for you
Track Name: The Biz
JANINE
Now pretend that you’re a little bunny hopping in the bush
And then you give ‘em all the shoulders
and you shake your tush

If you wanna make some money in the biz

You take a little step and then you point your toe
And then you kick ‘em up like Ruby Keeler long ago

If you wanna make some money in the biz

Can anybody tell me why a ballerina looks so skinny?
Well ballerinas have to eat and food costs money
But in ballet there just isn’t any

So it’s OK to be a swan and dance on pointe
But then you gotta find a way to really own the joint

If you wanna make some money in the biz


Now everybody knows the Sleeping Beauty
Ended up as Mrs… Charming
But girls you gotta realize,
That in this business lots of guys
Are…Well…it’s alarming

So put on fishnet stockings and a sequin tux
And then just go on out there looking like a million bucks

If you wanna make some money
I know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout
So listen to me Honey

If you wanna make some money in the biz
Looks like my work here is done!
Track Name: Little Things
KATHLEEN
Little things, you say they don’t matter
Little acts of kindness, simple smiles, a cheerful word of two

But I say you are wrong, little things are treasures
Diamonds are little things, babies are tiny, but they will do

So when you tell me you are feeling small, that you don’t count at all
Let me stop you then and there

And if no one understands unless every gesture is grand
And if you thinks it’s rare to find someone who cares about

The little things
Then let me be a mirror
Let my words reflect you, let me show you how you look to me

And if then when I do, still you don’t believe me
Then I’ll think of something new, I’ll keep trying to break through
I’ll keep saying and doing little things, ‘til I can show you…you
Little things, you say that they bore you
That people will ignore you if you don’t do great heroic deeds
But I say think again, little can be thrilling
Pouring in and filling little corners of our great big needs

When the giant sun has scorched the plain
Little drops of rain fall to earth so quietly
Nourishing the land, that is made of small grains of sand
It seems clear to me that everything we see is made of

Little things, under and above you, and how I love to see
What little things have mad in you
And until I’m sure that you really hear me
I’ll try everything and then, I will try it all again
Hopefully someday I’ll help you see the beauty in
Little things

So when you tell me you are feeling small, that you don’t count at all
Let me stop you then and there

And if no one understands unless every gesture is grand
And if you thinks it’s rare to find someone who cares about

The little things
Then let me be a mirror
Let my words reflect you, let me show you how you look to me

And if then when I do, still you don’t believe me
Then I’ll think of something new, I’ll keep trying to break through
I’ll keep saying and doing little things, ‘til I can show you…
Track Name: You Are...
CAROLYN
Angels are singing their carols in answer
to prayers of the people for beauty and peace

Joyfully bringing the dance to the dancer
Sing along and the blessings increase

Listen, the angels are singing inside you
a song of a secret, miraculous thing
You’ll know at once, when your heart opens wide

ALL
That you are the angel, when you make the angels sing

LAURA
Angels are singing in sounds of the morning
In whispers of wind, in the shout of the seas

KATLEEN
Songs of the birds as the day is still dawning
Rain as it rustles the leaves on the trees

ISAAC
Angels are singing wherever there’s laughter
Where voices of kindness and harmony ring
Come add your voice to the chorus, you’ll find

ALL
That you the angel when you make the angels sing

CAROLYN
Listen, the angels are singing inside you
a song of a secret, miraculous thing

ISAAC
You’ll know at once, when your heart opens wide

ALL
That you are the angel, when you make the angels sing

KATHLEEN
Angels are singing wherever there’s laughter
Where voices of kindness and harmony ring

FULL CAST
Come add your voice to the chorus, you’ll find
That you the angel when you make the angels sing

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