As many of you know, two summers ago we did the newest version of Eric’s Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at the Theatre@Boston Court in Pasadena. It was a production fraught with challenges, but also full of so much wonder and fantasy, and, to put it simply, really great stuff ;)
One of my personal favorite numbers from the show is the one called The Revolution Quintet in act I, which is the pivotal point before the conflict between Logos and Exstasis spirals out of control. She is surrounded by her friends (Fervio, Aia, Pieta & Gravitas) who are trying to convince her that she must take action and face Logos publicly. The way Eric constructed this number is, in my humble opinion, so ingenious it blows one’s mind. The lyrics and their setting still have that conversational quality to them as in What If from early in act I (and he directly quotes both lyrics and music), and every single one of them makes dramatic and contextual sense.
Both the musical material in The Revolution Quintet and it’s particular place in the dramatic scope of the play hold so much energy and intensity that I found myself, night after night, almost about to start giggling nervously while this number played on…It also contains my favorite line in the entire show: “and all I want to do is fly” (yes – I liked it so much I named my blog after it…), which then returns in the second act when Exstasis is finally taking her leap of faith towards fulfilling her journey (in Close Your Eyes).
Eric hasn’t released this recording yet, but said I could put in on my blog (and I didn’t even kick him in the head). It’s a VERY rough version, but I think you can get a flavor of what it will ultimately be. I truly hope that I will again get to almost giggle hysterically sometime in the future. But for the now, here it is in pure audio form:
And here is What If:
And here is Close Your Eyes: