Photosynthesis: The Musical

by Miguel Martinez & Youth in Arts

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Inspired by Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm, Youth in Arts worked with musician/composer Miguel Martinez to create an original musical theater production, staged in Spring 2012 in San Rafael, California. The show featured three students who were dubious about the value of photosynthesis in their lives and learned a valuable lesson about how this amazing scientific process actually powers all life on earth. This recording of songs from the musical was made in summer 2013 by Miguel Martinez, members of the original cast and additional vocalists. To find out more about this project and receive study guides or other materials, contact yia@youthinarts.org.

Thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for making this recording possible and accessible to all! www.moore.org

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released December 22, 2014

Music by Miguel Martinez
Lyrics by Miko Lee, Jen Daly and Nydia Algazzali Gonzalez
Keyboard, Drums & Bass: Julio De La Cruz
Guitar: Miguel Martinez
Vocalists: Nydia Algazzali Gonzalez, Ayame Keane-Lee, Ian Daly, Mercedes Bertero, Michelle Jaqcues, Rhea Lee

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Track Name: Photosynthesis, What do I Care?
Photosynthesis? I don’t really need this.
What do I care?

I’M GONNA BE A FASHION DESIGNER
ALL MY CLOTHING WILL BE MUCH FINER

Photosynthesis? I don’t really need this.
What do I care?

I’M GONNA MAKE A GREAT VIDEO GAME
OH, MY LAPTOP WILL BRING ME FAME

Photosynthesis? I don’t really need this.
What do I care?

I’M GONNA BE A FAMOUS COOK
I NEED A RECIPE FOR MY CHEF’S BOOK

Photosynthesis? I don’t really need this.

I DON’T REALLY NEED THIS.

Project runway I’m not gonna miss.

I DON’T REALLY NEED THIS.

Oh wow! I’m getting really good at this!

I DON’T REALLY NEED THIS.

I’d rather make a chocolate kiss

I DON’T REALLY NEED THIS.
WHAT DO I CARE?!
WHAT DOES THIS MATTER?!
THIS IS A WASTE OF TIME!

STUDYING FOR THIS TEST JUST ISN’T FAIR!
THIS WON’T TAKE ME ANYWHERE.

Photosynthesis? I don’t really need this.
Track Name: Energy for Everyone
The sun is a golden star
That burns into endless space
Only a tiny part of its light
Comes to warm earth's face
The sun warms our land and air
Melts glaciers, stirs the breeze
But, oh, the magic it creates
When it reaches a plant's green leaves...

GROWING ALL AROUND US,
PLANTS COLLECT THE SUN,
SO LIFE ON EARTH CAN KEEP LIVING.
ENERGY FOR EVERYONE!

THESE LITTLE SUNLIGHT PACKETS,
WHICH ALL THE PLANTS COLLECT,
ARE KNOWN AS THE PHOTONS.
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!

THE FIRST THING YOU MUST LEARN
ABOUT PHOTOSYNTHESIS
PLANTS NEED THE SUN
AND THE SUN FEEDS THE PLANTS

GROWING ALL AROUND US,
PLANTS COLLECT THE SUN,
SO LIFE ON EARTH CAN KEEP LIVING.
ENERGY FOR EVERYONE!

THESE LITTLE SUNLIGHT PACKETS,
WHICH ALL THE PLANTS COLLECT,
ARE KNOWN AS THE PHOTONS.
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!

But, what do the photons do?

THEY ENERGIZE EACH PLANT'S CELLS
CAUSING ELECTRONS TO EXCITE!
GETTING THEM TO BOUNCE AND JUMP,
MOVING AROUND, TAKING FLIGHT

GROWING ALL AROUND US,
PLANTS COLLECT THE SUN,
SO LIFE ON EARTH CAN KEEP LIVING.
ENERGY FOR EVERYONE!

THESE LITTLE SUNLIGHT PACKETS,
WHICH ALL THE PLANTS COLLECT,
ARE KNOWN AS THE PHOTONS.
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!

IT’S HOW WE BEGIN TO MAKE
FOOD AND OXYGEN.
ELEMENTS COME TOGETHER
AND ARE BROKEN APART AGAIN!

GROWING ALL AROUND US,
PLANTS COLLECT THE SUN,
SO LIFE ON EARTH CAN KEEP LIVING.
ENERGY FOR EVERYONE!

GROWING ALL AROUND US,
PLANTS COLLECT THE SUN,
SO LIFE ON EARTH CAN KEEP LIVING.
ENERGY FOR EVERYONE!

SO LIFE ON EARTH CAN KEEP LIVING.
ENERGY FOR EVERYONE!

SO LIFE ON EARTH CAN KEEP LIVING.
ENERGY FOR EVERYONE!
Track Name: H20, Don't You Know?
H2O, OH, DON’T YOU KNOW
PHOTOSYNTHESIS ALLOWS PLANTS TO GROW
SO, SPLIT THIS WATER RIGHT IN TWO,
PLANTS GET ELECTRONS AND ENERGY, TOO

H2O, OH, DON’T YOU SEE
WITHOUT IT PLANTS JUST WOULD NOT BE
BUT, GET IT, BREAK IT AND WATCH IT FLOW
THEN THEIR ENERGY STARTS GROW

(GROW-OH-OH-OH)

H2O, OH, DON’T YOU FEEL
WHEN WATER BREAKS APART, OXYGEN IS REVEALED
ENERGY’S NOT THE ONLY THING GIVEN,
OXYGENS’ RELEASED, SO WE CAN KEEP ON LIVIN’

H2O, OH, DON’T YOU HEAR?
NOW IT’S OXYGEN, ARE WE CLEAR?
WE CAN BREATH IT INTO OUR LUNGS
TO STAY ALIVE AND KEEP HAVIN’ FUN

(FU-UH-UH-UN)

H2O, DON’T YOU KNOW?
PHOTOSYNTHESIS! ALLOWS PLANTS TO GROW!
Track Name: Amazing Plants
There are hundreds of thousands
of kinds of plants.
Those are just the ones that we've found!
There are plants in every habitat
All the world round.

And the things that plants can give us,
It's amazing just to think,
That all that most of them need to grow
Is sun, air and water to drink.

PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
JUST LOOK AROUND AND YOU WILL SEE
PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
WHEREVER LIFE MAY BE

SOME PLANTS BLOOM WITH FLOWERS
BEAUTIFUL TO SEE
SOME PLANTS TOWER TO THE SKY
A TALL AND MIGHTY TREE

SOME PLANTS ARE SO PRICKLY
HANDLE THEM WITH CARE
SOME PLANTS TURN UP EVERYPLACE
AND SOME ARE VERY RARE

PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
JUST LOOK AROUND AND YOU WILL SEE
PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
WHEREVER LIFE MAY BE

SOME PLANTS GROW FROM SEEDLINGS
IN GARDENS THAT WE TEND
OTHERS THROW SPORES ON THE BREEZE
AND GROW JUST WHERE THEY LAND

MOSSES, FERNS AND GRASSES
BUSHES, GRAINS AND VINES
PLANTS OF EVERY SHAPE AND SIZE
AND PLANTS OF EVERY KIND

PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
JUST LOOK AROUND AND YOU WILL SEE
PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
WHEREVER LIFE MAY BE
WHEREVER LIFE MAY BE
WHEREVER LIFE MAY BE…
Track Name: Amazing Plants (reprise)
PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
JUST LOOK AROUND AND YOU WILL SEE
PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
WHEREVER LIFE MAY BE

SOME PLANTS HELP MAKE FABRIC
WITH FIBERS THAT THEY SHARE
SOME PLANTS CAN BE USED FOR DYE
A RAINBOW YOU CAN WEAR

SOME PLANTS HELP YOU FUEL UP
POWERING YOUR LIVES
MAKING CLEANER ENERGY
TO HELP THE PLANET THRIVE

PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
JUST LOOK AROUND AND YOU WILL SEE
PLANTS, AMAZING PLANTS
WHEREVER LIFE MAY BE

WHEREVER LIFE MAY BE…
Track Name: Plants Make Sugar!
Look around us, kids, and what do we see?
A garden filled with things that we love to eat!
But tell me how did all this food get here?

Photosynthesis!

Ohhh, yeah!

YOU’VE LEARNED ABOUT PHOTOSYNTHESIS
YOU KNOW HOW PLANTS DO THIS BUSINESS
BUT THEY NEED SOMETHING FROM YOU
AND THAT LITTLE SOMETHING IS
CALLED CO2!

PLANTS TAKE CARBON AND WATER, TOO
MAKE TASTY CARBOHYDRATES FOR YOU
CALL IT GLUCOSE, CALL IT FOOD
CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT
BUT YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE

PLANTS MAKE SUGAR!
(YEAH, YEAH)
PLANTS MAKE SUGAR IN THE GARDEN, KIDS!
PLANTS MAKE SUGAR!
(YEAH, YEAH)
GIVE US THAT SUGAR,
TO HELP US LIVE!

UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S NOT ALL FOR YOU
SUGAR IS A THING THAT THE PLANTS USE, TOO
TO GROW THEIR LEAVES AND TO GROW THEIR ROOTS
PLANTS ARE ABLE TO MAKE
THEIR OWN FOOD

THE PLANTS TAKE ENERGY FROM THE SUN
ANIMALS EAT IT WHEN THEY’RE DONE
WE HAVE THE FOOD THAT WE NEED TO EAT
SOLAR POWERED FOOD
GIVES US ENERGY

PLANTS MAKE SUGAR!
(YEAH, YEAH)
PLANTS MAKE SUGAR IN THE GARDEN, KIDS!
PLANTS MAKE SUGAR!
(YEAH, YEAH)
GIVE US THAT SUGAR,
TO HELP US LIVE!

Now kids, you know we’re not just talking about sweet sugar, like candy or ice cream. Right?

(No?)

Of course not, this is the glucose that is in all of our nutritious foods

Like in these berries?
(YEAH, YEAH)
Like a sandwich?
(YEAH, YEAH)
Like in broccoli?
(YEAH, YEAH)
So that’s all made of sugars?
(YEAH, YEAH)
Well that’s the whole point of...

PHOTOSYNTHESIS
TO HELP US LIVE

Photosynthesis!
Track Name: Photosynthesis, We Really Need This!
WE FINALLY GET IT, WE FINALLY SEE,
SUNLIGHT’S ALIVE INSIDE YOU AND IN ME!
SUN GIVES US LIFE THROUGH PHOTOSYNTHESIS
EARTH’S IMPORTANT PROCESS WE CANNOT MISS

Photosynthesis? We really need this!
We really do care!

ABOUT SUGAR, FUEL AND CLOTHES TO WEAR
ABOUT SUGAR, FUEL AND CLOTHES TO WEAR

Photosynthesis? We really need this!
We really do care!

It's making life with sunlight
It shines so bright
From the sun to a tree
To everything that we see
There is light alive inside of me and you
Thanks to water, sunlight and CO2!

Photosynthesis? We really need this!
We really do care!

ABOUT SUGAR, FUEL, AND CLOTHES TO WEAR
ABOUT SUGAR, FUEL, AND CLOTHES TO WEAR
ABOUT SUGAR, FUEL, AND CLOTHES TO WEAR
Track Name: Life Keeps Circling Round
WHEN YOU SEE A PLANT
THINK OF ALL THEY DO
ENERGY FROM SUNSHINE
BECOMES SWEET FOOD FOR YOU

WE CAN MAKE GOOD CHOICES
IN ALL THAT WE DO
KEEP OUR PLANET HEALTHY
FOR PLANTS AND PEOPLE ,TOO

LIFE KEEPS CIRCLING ‘ROUND
FEEL THE SUN IN YOUR HEART
GIVING SOMETHING, TAKING SOMETHING
WE ALL DO OUR PART

ALL THE LIFE ON EARTH
ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE
FEEL THE SUN IN YOUR HEART
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

SUNLIGHT AND WATER
AND SOME CO2
PLANTS TAKE WHAT EARTH GIVES US
MAKE FIBER, FUEL AND FOOD

SWEET AND TASTY SUGAR
EATING TO SURVIVE
BREATHE OUT CO2 AND
WE HELP THE CYCLE THRIVE

LIFE KEEPS CIRCLING ‘ROUND
FEEL THE SUN IN YOUR HEART
GIVING SOMETHING, TAKING SOMETHING
WE ALL DO OUR PART

ALL THE LIFE ON EARTH
ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE
FEEL THE SUN IN YOUR HEART
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

LIFE KEEPS CIRCLING AROUND
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

FEEL THE SUN IN YOUR HEART
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

GIVING SOMETHING, TAKING SOMETHING
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

WE ALL DO OUR PART
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

ALL THE LIFE ON EARTH
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

FEEL THE SUN IN YOUR HEART
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE
HOLD THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT LIVE

ALL THE LIFE ON EARTH (YEAH...)