About this submission
This soundscape of a screenplay depicts a creative awakening as Olivia turns her distress and anxiety about her current situation into her song and, in turn, stepping into the life of her dreams as an emerging singer-songwriter in New York's world music scene.
"This too shall pass, this too shall pass, this too shall pass, this too shall pass," Olivia incessantly repeats to herself to calm her anxiety as she pops an anti-anxiety pill in her mouth. [sound of pill box popping open]
[A loud train passes and shakes her apartment located in a building close to a subway station]
Fear clouds her mind as her brain tries to process the recent happenings.
Her break-up with the love of her life and his angry words, "A woman who is not subservient to a man is a narcissist. You only love yourself and your dreams. You deserve to remain alone for the rest of your life."
She remembers a moment from her 11th birthday when her father whispered in her ears, "You have only one life to live; do not waste it on a man who may not be loyal to you. Instead, follow your heart and live your dreams!"
She sits on an easy chair near the windowsill and sees the commotion on the street her life in the past 12 years. [The window is shut, and the traffic sounds are sealed]
She recalls her journey from a reciter for a local radio station in Karachi; she made her way into the world music scene in New York City after her graduation in Sound Design from NYC.
Then, her father's father comes to her mind as she had rushed him to the Emergency in a hospital in Pakistan. She had said to him, "The society is harsh towards women following their dreams. I don't know what I would do without you, dad. I don't have anything else to hold on to…."
Her father's words come to her mind, "You have your musical talent to hold on to…show the world what you are made of. Don't worry about me! Go back to New York!"
A truck passing the street is painted in multi-colored hippie style. The graffiti on the truck says, "The Obstacle is the Path. Let Love uplift you and place you on your life's true purpose."
She starts to scribble a new song in her notepad and singing along…
The song begins:
Ishq ki raah, raah hai apni
Jo chaley woh, woh ho malangi
The Path of love is a path of its own kind,
Whoever dares to walk this Path becomes a dervish.
Hum huey bohat, bohat paraishan
Ishq mein payee bulandi
Life made us very, very distressed, but
Love uplifted me to new heights.