Last week I heard the American Boychoir perform “The Quiet Sea,” which I found very moving. May I suggest that you listen first to a recording (by a different group): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66CFFQdNe3o
Next, look at the lyrics: http://www.west-windsor-plainsboro.k12.nj.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=10639990&pageId=18331264
Now you have this extraordinary song. It starts with a spiritual voyage on a quiet sea. Then come storms that make the quiet sea unfindable . . . but . . . it is there. The drama of the song and its profound lesson strike me as spiritually very advanced; and yet it is accessible to children in primary and middle school and to audiences of any age.
What must it be like for a young person to learn that song by heart, rehearse it as a group, and perform it all over the country!
Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, conductor and artistic director, explained that the American Boychoir School, founded in 1937, exists to educate the boys and cultivate their character, teaching them to face life’s challenges, all the while inspiring the world with their voices. The pervading theme was expressed by the song, “How can I keep from singing?”—presented stanza by stanza at intervals throughout their concert. Those stanzas express in various ways the thought that song is so deep within that no matter is going on in our world and in their lives, they cannot keep from singing. That is the main spiritual lesson that pervaded the entire concert and the choir. If we allow ourselves to take the idea of singing metaphorically as well as literally, I cannot think of a more appropriate theme song for our lives today. We learned during the concert that these boys naturally sing most of the time. Any boys in the audience who really like to sing were invited to come to the piano immediately after the concert for an audition.
By the way, in case you are so moved, the American Boy Choir is much in need of funds. Last year they filed for bankruptcy and were able to restructure with a new campus, a new financial model, and a new strategic plan. www.americanboychoir.org