Road to Paradise is finished!!!! At least I've gotten together a CD with the music, the story line, and a short video of "Diggin up Uranium", one of the tunes from the musical (you can watch it to the left.) It's
a science fiction story about the near future done with music, song, dance, and
a lot of imagination.
It's a story of Love in the ruins of our civilization. It's a story about choosing a new path and creating your own reality.The whole story is told below...The different scenes of the story are represented by songs, each one with it's own sound and orchestration: the musical content of each one depends on the mood. I ended up playing most of the instruments and doing most of the vocal parts as well. The exceptions are noted below. This piece was written to be performed as a theatre piece with dancers, special scenery, multimedia projection and actors. Who knows, some day it may even be performed live..... You can hear and download these tunes here:
1.) Welcome: An instrumental introduction to the world of the near future. You can follow along with the flow of the story by using the song numbers in the story below..
2.) Turn it Off!: A plea from Arturo to Yoshia when he meets her.
3.)The Esmerald Forest: Latino salsa rock with Ezzie Esposito on vocals and magic violin.
4.) Get Married: Punky Rock electric story of our lives
5.) The Lunar Mine Crew: Springy and upbeat trip into outer space... all to the beat of marching feet.
6.) Diggin up Uranium: Hot Salsa version of mining on the moon: this includes the most alegre cracking of the moon ever recorded.
7.) The Cosmic Blues:Electric Flute Blues.... there is a nice doubled flute effect on this one... pretty dramatic. About how you might feel after cracking the moon.
8.) The Prophet: Andean Electric Reggae, complete with samponias and prophecy.
9.) Our Brother Speaks: Raunchy Electric blues, about what you would expect if you had iust pissed off the Owner of Everything. With Jeza on Oud.
10.) Don't U Remember?: A very disturbing heavy Industrial Metal tune. Lots of folks DON'T like it. I think it's because it's so angry.... about how you might feel after getting trashed by big brother. This song uses the noise orchestra.
11.) Yoshias Lament: Very mellow ballad about a sweet, confused lady.Featuring Ezzie Esposito on Vocals and Violin.
12.) The Road to Paradise: Tropical Rock with a great message
Flutes, Whistles, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, steel drum, Synthesizers, piano, Drums, percussion, Noise Orchestra and all voices were done by Roberto Luz except:
Ezzie Esposito: Vocals and Violin on “The Esmerald Forest” and “Yoshi’s Lament”
Jeza: Oud on “Our Brother Speaks”
Montse: oooohhhhs on The Road to Paradise
(1)In the year 2012 an everyday boy (Arturo) meets an everyday girl (Yoshia) at a Vibe bar when he spots her as she's being strapped into an xstazy machine. (2)He walks over and with one glance convinces her that she would rather talk to him than do it mechanically, so they go off together to The Emerald Forest, a dance and romance club in the industrial section(3). After a night together, they fall in love, get married, get an apartment and are starting to have children when Our Brother announces a new energy war and Arturo is placed in the position of either joining the army to go fight in Mongolia or joining a peacers brigade and shipping off to the moon to mine heavy metals(4).
After a lot of thought they decide on the mines: at least there won't be anyone trying to kill him, and he probably won't have to go against any of his principles to work there.
(5)So Arturo ships out to the moon with the Lunar Mine Crew. Yoshia goes to work in a defense plant to make ends meet and the kids are sent off to day care to learn how to be good citizens.
The distances are great, but they keep in touch over the net. Arturo starts his job as laser lugger and settles into the routine.(6)
Then, with big explosions and a lot of noise, the unthinkable happens: the miners manage to crack off a piece of the moon with one of their atomic blasts. Arturo is hurt while trying to survive the explosion(7), and ends up being sent back to earth to a psychological clinic, where all of the disasters survivors are sent in an attempt to keep the whole thing secret as long as possible. The plan is to isolate and discredit them by making them doubt their sanity.
When he stops getting to communicate with Yoshia, Arturo realizes that something must be wrong, and slowly figures out that the accident did indeed happen, and that Our Brother had betrayed his trust in the name of some ill directed patriotism.(8) He begins to talk to the other workers about the disaster and gains the attention of Our Brother(9), who finally expels him from the Lunar Mine Crew and finally sends him back to the streets where he can't make any problems(10).
Back at home Yoshia is going through a problem where one of her neighbors has accused her of disloyalty before the councils because of her continual talk of her husband, who, being a proscribed person, should legally be forgotten for the good of the nation.(11) Yoshia believes in her man and defends him until she is in a dangerous position herself. About this time Arturo shows up, and is talking a new line.(12) He sees no hope for civilization as it then exists, and has come back to gather his family together to look for "the end of the road", a mythical place where the long arm of Our Brother runs out.
They take off with their family, and the last thing we know about them is a pirate net radio broadcast from somewhere far to the south, in the forbidden zone(13). "This is a transmission from Paradise, coming to you from somewhere else: be free”