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ADAMS: I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky

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ADAMS: I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky album cover
Disc 1 of 2
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Act I No. 1: I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Tutti)
Artist: John Adams
8:21
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Act I No. 2: A Sermon on Romance (David, Leila)
Artist: John Adams
3:10
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Act I No. 3: Leila's Song of the Wise Young Women (Leila, Consuelo)
Artist: John Adams
4:55
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Act I No. 4: Solo in Sunlight (Dewain)
Artist: John Adams
3:51
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Act I No. 5: Donde estas? (Consuelo)
Artist: John Adams
4:20
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Act I No. 6: Mike's Song about Arresting a Particular Individual (Mike)
Artist: John Adams
3:28
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Act I No. 7: Tiffany's Solo (Tiffany)
Artist: John Adams
4:46
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Act I No. 8: Song about the On Site Altercation (Dewain, Tiffany, Mike, Leila)
Artist: John Adams
2:53
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Act I No. 9: Song about the Bad Boys and the News (Consuelo, Tiffany, Leila)
Artist: John Adams
6:38
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Act I No. 10: Your Honor My Client, He's a Young Black Man (Rick, Tiffany, Leila)
Artist: John Adams
5:43
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Act I No. 11: Consuelo's Dream (Consuelo)
Artist: John Adams
6:09
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Act I No. 12: Rick's Cross-Examination of Tiffany and Mike (Rick, Mike, Tiffany)
Artist: John Adams
4:14
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Act I No. 13: Song about Law School as the Natural Follow-up to Jail (Dewain, David)
Artist: John Adams
4:49
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Act I No. 14: Leila's Solo: Alone (Again or at last) (Lelila)
Artist: John Adams
4:40
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Act I No. 15: Song about the Sweet Majority Population of the World (David, Rick, Dewain, Mike)
Artist: John Adams
4:40
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Disc 2 of 2
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Act II No. 16: Duet - Three Weeks and Still I’m Outta My Mind (David, Leila)
Artist: John Adams
5:04
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Act II No. 16b: Earthquake Sounds
Artist: John Adams
1:01
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Act II No. 17: Earthquake Music
Artist: John Adams
3:07
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Act II No. 18: Crushed by the Rock I Been Standing On (David, Tiffany, Rick, Consuelo)
Artist: John Adams
4:29
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Act II No. 19: Duet in the Middle of Terrible Duress (Mike, Tiffany, Rick)
Artist: John Adams
11:27
 
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Act II No. 20: Dewain's Song of Liberation and Surprise (Dewain)
Artist: John Adams
6:23
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Act II No. 21: Este Pais / This Country (Consuelo, Dewain)
Artist: John Adams
4:33
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Act II No. 22: One Last Look at the Angel in Your Eyes (Consuelo, Dewain)
Artist: John Adams
2:22
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Act II No. 23: Finale (Tutti)
Artist: John Adams
4:56
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 24   Total Length: 115:59

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Not for all Adams fans

HomoTerribilis

"I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky" is a fundenetally different John Adams than the great contemporary composer who gaves up the hypnotic glories of Harmonium or Shaker Loops, nor does it have anything much in common with his operas. Instead "I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky" is a a musical (yes! a musical!) which relates the stories of seven people of widely different backgrounds in the aftermath of the 1994 earthquake in Los Angeles. Musically it draws inspiration from everything ranging from doo-wop to gospel and the blues. Many of the melodies are enormously affecting, some ( to my mind) fall flat). It is not in the league of his opera The Death of Klinghoffer but it is a fascinating experiment that rewards repeated listening