The (I'm)possible Dream
The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers.
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Arcadio “Archy” Posada IV, is a UCSC double major in Vocal Performance and Music Technology. Archy grew up near South Central LA in Compton, California. A precocious child, he performed well in school demonstrating high intelligence and a knack for the arts. Spelling bee champion and skillful athlete, he eventually succumbed to the influences of the "hood" and resorted to gang banging as a means of survival. Living a violent life he became deeply immersed in the gangster world, wielding weapons and taking part in vast criminal activity. He wound up in prison contemplating his life and place in the universe. Using music as an outlet of expression he was able to return to the light as a changed man. Now with his newfound perspective on life he wants to illuminate the path of at risk youth across the globe.
Our goal together united as brothers is to reach the at risk youth in America, starting with the environment Archy knows best, the public education system in Compton. We wish to travel to Compton and interact, interview, and connect with at risk youth to be featured in Part II of our documentary. Offering them a beacon of light and an outlet for artistic expression. Because of Archy's background and influence we believe we can reach places where most educators and authority figures cannot.
We would like our film to reach a global audience through the world wide web, festival circuit, and public/private screenings.
At high schools across California, we intend to have free film screenings accompanied by Q&As and workshops in music, photography, creative writing, and filmmaking. We will teach the youth about the artistic crafts and how to channel their creativity in positive ways through hands-on activities.
The goal is to provide youth a medium of expression to tell their story to the world, have them walk away with something that they can personally own and feel empowered by their experience, ultimately, giving a voice to the voiceless.
Transcript From Interview
"As I child I was always interested in music, unfortunately I grew up in an area that had little support for kids that were interested in the arts. I used to beg my parents for piano lessons but we struggled financially and could barely afford to keep the lights on at times let alone afford expensive piano lessons. Aside from our financial struggles I was constantly surrounded by violence. I grew up in an abusive home where I suffered physical as well as emotional abuse. I longed for a sense of brotherhood and belonging and eventually found that through gangs and drugs. I was kicked out of my parents' home when I was 16 years old. I finally conjured up the strength to confront my abusive father which eventually led to a violent fist fight. I spent the next seven years bouncing from couch to couch and sleeping in my car at times; at the worst of it I slept in parks, sleeping in fifteen minute intervals for protection sake. I was filled with so much anger and frustration and expressed my emotions very fluently through acts of violence. It was not until I was discovered by a vocal instructor at Cerritos Community College that I was introduced to the art of classical music that and engaged in one of the most important transformations of my life. I gave my heart and soul to music and for me, singing meant the difference between picking up a gun and picking up a piece of sheet music. Both were at one point my weapon of choice in this fight for survival. Now I give myself completely to my music and want to give back to the community."
-Arcadio Archy Posada IV
The Impossible Dream
Lyrics by Joe Darion
In this song, Quixote explains his quest and the reasons behind it ... in doing so, he captures the spirit of the play and its philosophical underpinnings.
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause
And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star