In my April blog I shared what all our choir boys felt was the best thing about being in our choirs. It was a delightful and fascinating composite of their collective thoughts which bore out what I and many already knew – boys love to sing and be with their friends who do too.
Focusing in with that idea in mind, I recently ask only our older and more experienced thirty-two Tour choir boys what they would want people to know about being in the top performing choir after having worked their way up through the other choirs. Their comments were thoughtful, honest and poignant . . . here are the encapsulated answers in their own words:
- No matter what we look like, talk like or how we were raised . . . we all come together to make beautiful music and become close friends.
- Nobody laughs at us and says we sing like ‘girls’, because we sing like ‘boys’ because we are boys.
- We get to do some really cool things like record CD’s and perform for famous people in front of huge crowds.
- Here we get to take our ‘masks’ off and can show our true feelings.
- I have met so many friends here and some are my best friends.
- We don’t have to be afraid to express ourselves here . . . our true selves.
- It’s amazing how well we treat each other and get along.
- I always feel such a joy of singing such neat songs and being taught so well.
- When you make a mistake, no one laughs at you or diss’s you.
- We get to touch people’s lives through our singing . . . not many other boys get to do that at the age we are.
- I have traveled to some really awesome places and this year I will get to go to Switzerland.
- You are not lonely here in choir and don’t have to worry about anything except your music and not messing it up.
- I used to be a shy boy, but now I know it’s OK to open up and let other boys know the ‘real’ me.
- I honestly don’t know where I would be or what I would be doing if it weren’t for this choir.
It is so gratifying to know that even though our boys today have to be so careful about sharing their true feelings for fear of reprisal or being targeted and bullied, that they feel safe in our organization to do exactly that . . . all the while having fun, making lifelong friends and touching other peoples’ lives through their glorious music making!