with music by John Adams
by June Jordan
set during the 1994
earthquake. The title of the piece is based on a quote
of one of the survivors. Adams and Jordan use the earthquake as a physical metaphor
for the sudden changes in the lives of the characters, a cross-section of Angeleans.
The three central motif
s, as evinced by the liner notes
of the recording, are:
- "I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky."
- Earthquake: Terremoto. Tremblement de terre. Force majere. An "act of God." Destroys, but also brings about change, sometimes for the better.
- Los Angeles: "City of Angels." Sprawl of freeway, billboard, barrio, automobile, palms, churches, low riders, summer heat. A babel of tongues, faces bodies of all shapes and colors. South Central. Watts. The LAPD. The INS. Green cards. Illegal "aliens."
The cast for the recording was:
The songs are:
- I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky
- A Sermon on Romance
- Consuelo's Dream
- Mike's Song About Arresting a Particular Individual
- Tiffany's Solo
- Song About the On-Site Altercation
- Song About the Bad Boys and the News
- Your Honor My Client He's a Young Black Man
- Leila's Song: Alone (Again or at Last)
- Three Weeks and Still I'm Outta My Mind
- Crushed By the Rock I Been Standing On
- Dewain's Song of Liberation and Surprise
- ¡Este Pais!/This Country
- One Last Look at the Angel In Your Eyes