Detroit Performs

S11 E8 | CLIP

Mike Sandusky & Brian Buckner

Mike Sandusky & Brian Buckner, "Who I Am"

Episode 1108/Segment 3

AIRED: November 30, 2021 | 0:06:26
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TRANSCRIPT

(air whooshing)

(gentle piano music)

♪ Since I was a kid

♪ You always told me

♪ And whatever I did

♪ I could come to you

♪ So here I am with my heart open wide ♪

♪ See now I am free

♪ It may upset you

♪ But I want you to see

♪ I'm finally proud of me

♪ I can stand on my own two feet without shame or fear ♪

♪ Mama this is your son

♪ Your only one and I really need you to hold my hand ♪

♪ Screw what they say

♪ Just throw it away

♪ I just wanna be happy in where I stand ♪

♪ If I could change, I'd give it all for you ♪

♪ But I can't

♪ This is who I am

♪ This is who I am

♪ You're in shock

♪ I get it, this is a lot to swallow ♪

♪ But your not the only one who's hurting here ♪

♪ Just want you to smile

♪ Be proud of me

♪ Like you always did

♪ With no apologies

♪ Does who I am make things so unclear ♪

♪ Oh Mama this is your son

♪ Your only one and I really need you to hold my hand ♪

♪ Screw what they say

♪ Just throw it away

♪ I just wanna be happy where I stand ♪

♪ If I could change

♪ I'd give it all for you

♪ But I can't

♪ This is who I am

♪ This is who I am

♪ What you want me to hide

♪ Keep it all up inside to lie

♪ So that then everyone can call me a man ♪

♪ But I don't give a damn

♪ Sorry I up the plan

♪ Do you care what they think

♪ Or who I really am

♪ Nothings changed Ma

♪ Will you choose the Bible over your only child ♪

♪ I'm standing here

♪ I know it's not just a style

♪ With tears in your eyes

♪ Why are you in denial

♪ Mom please hold my hand

♪ Mama

♪ Oh Mama

♪ Mama this is your son

♪ Your only one

♪ And I really need you to hold my hand ♪

(air whooshing)

- We're back with John Sloan

and can you please tell us about that piece

which was moving.

- Yeah.

- Touching and so relevant and needed for all of us?

- One of the things I love about that song

and something I think you and I talked about earlier

was the opportunity for us to really show diversity

of the black experience.

And that song so spoke to me

when I heard it and when I read it.

Not because I identify particularly

with that artist's experience,

because I think we've all had a similar experience

of being able to say to somebody,

"Wait a minute, this is exactly who I am as an individual.

"Why is that hard to accept?"

And wanting the love and the respect of someone

that seems to be withholding that from you

can be traumatizing.

But the way that Douglas Ethan wrote that piece,

the way that Mike beautifully delivered that song,

even down to the accompaniment, by Brian Buckner on piano,

I think shows the power that music can have.

- There is an incredible satisfaction as an actor,

as you know, to give a performance

and the audience loves it.

- Yeah.

- But what is it to give a platform for others

to get that appreciation from the audience.

- It's exhilarating.

I think pride doesn't really even begin

to scratch the surface of what it feels like.

There's nothing more powerful, I think,

than being able to say to somebody,

"Your story is valid and your story is so valid.

"I have so much faith and belief in that story

"that I'm gonna put as many resources as I can muster

"behind your ability to tell that story.

"I'm not gonna censor it."

I'm not gonna speak at all

to what that is 'cause that's not my experience-

- And it's your mission, you said voices (chuckles)

- Absolutely, absolutely, right.

And that impact, I think is almost immeasurable.

- [Satori] I thank you.

- [John] Oh thank you, Satori.

- I thank you for giving the platform.

I thank you for giving platform to black voices.

- I appreciate that.

It's imbued into our mission, right?

It's the reason that we exist.

And so to be able to continue to produce this work

is really, really important and powerful.

I encourage everybody, if you're curious,

if you're interested, go to obsidianfest.org

and we're just really excited

and happy to be able to be here and to be in the city.

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