Before the famous fence painting scene in "Tom Sawyer," and following the opening number of my musical based on the novel, where several early incidents in Mark Twain's book are sketched in - Tom has a moment alone on stage, full of yearning aspiration.
His Aunt Polly has presented him with a bucket of whitewash, a brush, and a stretch of fence to paint that looks a mile long through the eyes of the crestfallen young man.
Like every growing boy before and since, Tom can hardly wait until he's an adult, when, as he imagines, nobody will ever again tell him what to do. His strongest desire is to grow up NOW - and the ensuing plot of "Tom Sawyer" unexpectedly presents him with that very opportunity.
As I said when I posted the bustling opening number, "St. Petersburg," the rest of the songs
in the show are mostly very simple, and aimed at a young audience. --The musical tastes of
a certain country were kept in mind when I wrote this show, and that influence is heard most in this particular song. Perhaps you can guess what I mean.
The illustration is from the original book. Tom's daydreams allow him to become a pirate, a
soldier, and even an Indian Chief. In his young mind, he thinks it's possible to grow
up to be an American Native Chief, since he doesn't consider the magical transformation of
his own ethnic heritage that would entail.
This is a vocal demo, me singing to tracks which have been produced for a theatre to use in
a production of the show.
Garritan instruments used in the recording are:
Octave Mandolin from World.
Acoustic Guitar from JABB.
Accordion from JABB
Cornet solo from CoMB.
Orchestral Bass Drum from GPO.
Pueblo Drums from World.
Washboard from World.