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4. That’s What Life Is All About

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That’s What Life Is All About
Sari Max

1:00 min

4. That’s What Life Is All About (2:10)

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That’s What Life is All About

Music and lyrics by Sari Max and Joan Spear

 

It’s not simply what you say

But the way you say it

It’s not really about the game

But the way you play it

Whatever you try to hide

The world tries its darnedest to betray it

That’s what life is all about

 

It isn’t the gift you give

It’s that you sincerely give it

It’s not about a grudge to keep

It’s letting go to forgive it

We’ve only one life to live

So why not live, live, live it!

That’s what life is all about

 

It’s saying what you mean and

Meaning what you say

Being human beings

Being human every day

Take a big fat chance on life

Come on! You can take it

Don’t ever let life make you

Life is what you make it

Whatever you choose to do

For goodness sake, be you!

Don’t fake it!

That’s what life is all about


It’s saying what you mean and

Meaning what you say

Being human beings

Being human everyday

Everyday!

Take a great big chance on life

Come on! You can take it!

Don’t ever let life make you

Life is what you make it

Whatever you choose to do

For goodness sake, be you!

Don’t fake it!

That’s what life is all about!

That’s what life is all about!

Track 4

THAT’S WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT

This is the most traditional musical theater song on the album. It is one of two songs I have recorded here from the musical, “Changing Faces”, which I wrote with the talented musician/songwriter/composer Joan Berliner Spear. It is a “dramedy” in the sense that it is written for teens and their significant adult “others”, has funny moments but is quite serious and issue oriented (i.e. songs about bulimia, suicide, power struggles between the generations, etc.). In the theatrical production I sang it as the character, “Grandma”, who was the only one in the show with excellent listening skills and unconditional love for all…and the wisdom of many years of life experience to share. On the recording, I love the introduction with the light and playful trumpet and trombone parts. Also, the idea for changing the time signature at the end was an inspired moment during a rehearsal with Jeff Harris.

I’m so pleased with how this song – rather short and simple – builds and grows and bursts forth with the affirmation of life and being true to oneself…something I strive for and encourage in my students.

One of my greatest wishes is to see this show being performed by young people*, to have it recorded, have a workbook designed to reflect on the various issues it covers (also to create a place for new issues to be brought to light), and have it distributed to all who work with this age group.

* As you can see in the video clips from our live performance of this show at the Warner Theater I have included on the website, Joan Spear and I each played several characters. It would be great if teens could play all the parts.