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6. I Want To Know (closing) [IWTK]



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I wrote "I Want To Know" in 1991 as part of an Artist-In-Residence program at a high school back when I as a Wisconsin Artist and president of the Wisconsin Drama Association children's theatre division. I recently was asked to remaster the tracks to sell to schools in New Zealand. I'd forgotten how fun the music and lyrics were. I decided to share them all here.

It is, more or less, a history of the western world in comic book form. The students and I researched history in various categories and compressed it into lyrics. The style of performance was ensemble-based, improvisationally-conceived, low-budget theatrical. Lots of partial costume pieces, people playing multiple roles, open staging chaos. Very fun to perform (and, if you were part of the process, edify on several levels, hopefully).

Part of the residency was setting up a music lab in which I arranged and recorded the backing music. (Part of the grant.) I taught the students how to use the equipment as we arranged the music with various keyboards. I recall there being an M1, a Casio something, and an early Mac running Performer.

I've uploaded the tracks in reverse order so that they'll appear on my song list in the correct order. Here is a complete list. The tracks run about 40 minutes if you listen in one sitting. (The show also has spoken scenes with no music.)

1. I Want to Know - opening
2. The History of Science
3. The History of Medicine
4. The History of Transportation
5. The Industrial Revolution
6. I Want to Know - closing

This is the closing scene and final reprise, sung by the entire ensemble.
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Can you hear the wind beating against the window? The cold creeping under the door? The darkness? The hunger? The sickness? The silence?

If life is to have a human face, we must be the ones responsible for putting it on. The history of science and invention has given us many tools. How will we use them? We have centuries of experience to learn from. And we have a desire to know, and to do it right, that will carry us through. May we never loose that desire.

Have you ever held Nature in your hand?
Have you wanted to know, to understand?
What makes the air, what makes the land?
I want to know! I want to know!

Wanting knowledge will make your spirit soar!
Having knowledge will unlock every door.
Then you'll be coming back for more!
I want to know!

I want to know how I can fly.
I want to know what makes the Sun burn bright in the sky.
To simplify: I want to know... want to know why!

By Science. With Science. Through Science we will know.
From Science, real Science, we'll come to know.

I want to know.
Oh, yes, I want to know!
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TvRicky said 2716 days ago (March 16th, 2012)
A Wonderful President
This is absolutely marvelous. To teach young people the joy of music and of living is a gift indeed. Great showcase and Production. Performances were wonderful. Thank you for sharing this.

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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abzwork said 2715 days ago (March 17th, 2012)
I Want To Know..
A Marvelous body of work my friend...what inspiration..your students are truely blessed
and the light you shine here is a beacon of smiles for each and everyone fortunate enough to taste the flava here..:):):)peace
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VicDiesel said 2713 days ago (March 19th, 2012)
You're blinding me
With Science!
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