Transcript: Tanya Smith | Sep 17, 1992

(music plays)

Colourful geometric shapes slide slowly on the screen with the title “ARTS AND YOUTH” on a grey textured background.

A caption on screen reads “Tanya Smith.” She’s in her twenties. She has long dark hair tied up and a headband. She wears a black sweater and rounded earrings.

Tanya says
I WANT TO GO INTO MUSIC
BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S
BEEN WITH ME FOR A LONG TIME.
HOPEFULLY, I CAN DO IT
PROFESSIONALLY AND MAKE
A CAREER OUT OF IT.
BUT I DEFINITELY WANT TO GET
INTO IT AND AT LEAST TRY.

A video shows Tanya warming up her vocals with other members of a choir.

Tanya continues
MY PARENTS, AT FIRST, REALLY
DIDN'T TAKE ME SERIOUSLY.
AND THEY REALLY DIDN'T FEEL
THAT MUSIC WAS SOMETHING
I SHOULD GO INTO.
THEY WERE LIKE, OH YEAH,
SHE WANTS TO DO IT,
BUT SHE PROBABLY ISN'T GOOD.
AND ONCE THEY SAW THAT, YEAH,
SHE'S PRETTY GOOD AT THAT,
AND SHE LIKES IT, THEY
FINALLY SAW THAT I REALLY LOVE
DOING THIS, AND THAT I
DON'T WANT TO BE A NURSE
LIKE THE REST OF MY FAMILY.

(music plays)

A clip features Tanya singing a solo. Next, the rest of the group appears on screen playing guitar, bass, keyboards and drums along with the rest of the singing members.

Tanya continues
THE MIX ARE -- I BELIEVE
THERE ARE 14 SINGERS
AND A RHYTHM SECTION.
AND WHAT WE DO IS VOCAL
JAZZ TO POPULAR TUNES
TO CLASSICAL TUNES.
WE'VE MADE SUCH GOOD FRIENDS
IN THIS GROUP, THAT WHEN I GO
AWAY, I KNOW THAT I'LL NEVER
FORGET THE THINGS THAT I
LEARNED, AND YOU GET TO
TRAVEL, AND MOST TIMES WE
GET FED, BUT YOU KNOW.

New images show the band rehearsing.

Tanya chuckles and continues
AND YOU GET TO SEE WHAT OTHER
PEOPLE ARE DOING BECAUSE I
THINK SOMETIMES WE ISOLATE
OURSELVES SOMETIMES IN THIS
SCHOOL, AND BY GETTING OUT AND
SEEING OTHER PEOPLE AND
PERFORMING FOR THEM,
AND SEEING THEIR REACTION,
OR BEING IN SITUATIONS WITH
OTHER CHOIRS, WE CAN SEE
HOW THEY ARE.
IT'S A GREAT FEELING BECAUSE
YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO BOND
WITH AND TO RELATE
TO OTHER PEOPLE WITH.
WHEN YOU HAVE AN ARTS PROGRAM
IN A SCHOOL, IT'S SORT OF A
TIME WHERE YOU CAN RELAX AND
TAKE A BREAK FROM ACTUALLY
DOING THE COMPULSORY SUBJECTS
LIKE MATH AND ENGLISH
AND GEOGRAPHY.
AND ONCE YOU GET INTO MUSIC,
YOU FIND I DON'T HAVE TO
ACTUALLY DO FORMULAS, OR HAVE
TO DO GRAPHS OR SOMETHING.
SO IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
TO ADD TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL
CAREER BY DOING SOMETHING
THAT YOU LIKE TO DO,
OR YOU CAN FIND OUT
THAT IT'S GOOD TO DO.

The warm ups continue as the singers follow the director’s instructions.

Tanya continues
I BELIEVE THAT THINGS
LIKE I LEARN DICTION AND
PRONUNCIATION AND PROJECTION,
THAT I LEARN HERE IN SCHOOL,
HELP ME IN, BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
IN POP MUSIC AND SOUL MUSIC,
AND STUFF LIKE THAT.
I'M INVOLVED IN A
FUNK BAND OUTSIDE.
IT'S CALLED BLUE HIPPO.
I'M ALSO INVOLVED IN A BAND
THAT'S PLAYING AT ONTARIO PLACE.
AND THERE IS SO MUCH NOISE AT
ONTARIO PLACE, THAT IT MAKES
A LOT HARDER.
BUT I THINK MY VOICE GETS
STRONGER FROM LEARNING
TO PROJECT.
AND PROPERLY.
WE LEARN WHERE TO
BREATHE FROM HERE.
YOU LEARN, USE YOUR DIAPHRAGM,
AND OPEN YOUR MOUTH.
THAT'S THE SORT OF THINGS YOU
LEARN HERE THAT ARE CORRECT,
SO WHEN I GO OUT TO ONTARIO
PLACE OR THE FUNK BAND, THAT I
DON'T DO THINGS WRONG
AND HURT MY VOICE.

A clip shows Tanya, by herself, in a dark room playing a piano.

Tanya says
I'VE BEEN COMPOSING, I
THINK, FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS.
I'M NOT AS GOOD
AS I'D LIKE TO BE.
I WISH I COULD COME OUT WITH
SONGS ALL THE TIME, BUT I ONLY
FEEL INSPIRED, YOU KNOW, SOME
OF THE TIMES, SO I THINK
EMOTION PLAYS A VERY BIG PART
IN MY MUSIC, AND IN MUSIC
IN GENERAL.
I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE I WOULD
BE ABLE TO EXPRESS MYSELF IF
I DIDN'T CHOOSE MUSIC TO
EXPRESS MYSELF THAT WAY.

(music plays)

Tanya plays the piano and sings along.

She says
I COMPOSED MESSAGE OF LOVE
WHEN WE WENT OUT TO
CHINGUACOUSY MOUNTAIN.
IT'S A SKI HILL, AND IT
WAS LIKE SUMMERTIME,
AND I THINK, AT THE TIME,
I HAD THIS CRUSH ON SOMEBODY,
AND I THOUGHT, WELL,
THIS IS A NICE SONG.
I DON'T KNOW HOW TO REALLY
TELL HIM THAT I LIKE HIM.
AND IT WAS REALLY ALL THE
THINGS I WAS FEELING
AT THE TIME.
SO I WAS JUST WRITING THEM
DOWN, AND THEY JUST HAPPENED
TO EVOLVE INTO THIS SONG.

The singing continues and the lyrics go
THE MESSAGE OF
LOVE IS CALLING ME
THE MESSAGE OF LOVE
IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE .

Tanya says
I THINK STUDENTS SHOULD TRY
AND TAKE UP AS MUCH AS
THEY CAN, THE CHOICES THEY
HAVE, IN HIGH SCHOOL.
LIKE WHEN YOU GET TO HIGH
SCHOOL, YOU CAN CHOOSE ART
OR DANCING OR VISUAL
ART OR MUSIC.
IT'S SORT OF, YOU HAVE TO GET
MOTIVATED AND GO OUT THERE
AND GET IT, RATHER THAN
TRYING TO WAIT FOR IT
TO COME TO YOU.

(music plays)

The end credits roll.

Director, Allan Novak.
Producer, Gladys Richards.
Associate Producer, Nicole Hallett.
Executive Producer, Kathryn McFarlane.
“Full Moon,” Composed and arranged by Sharon Broadley.
A production of TV ONTARIO. The Ontario Educational Communications Authority, 1992.

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