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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Last night we went to Anna's choir concert. We are so proud of her. She did a great job. She is involved with two choirs. The first one is a small choir, but they work hard and preform like they are much larger than they are. The second is a larger choir that is open to everyone in school, as long as they are willing to give up ther lunch time a couple of days a week. The music they sang was very touching. I almost cried during it. The three song that stood out to me most was "Somewhere Out There", "Inscriptions of Hope", and "As Long as I have Music".

Though these links are not the the TMS kids singing. They are close to what was sang last night. They really touched me. Both when I heard them sing it for the Holocaust program last week and last nights choir concert.
One thing that stood out to me was the many of the songs sang by the choirs were about hope. I know that religion is forbidden in schools, but how powerful are the lyrics that they sang to help them get through difficult times. This seem to be such a difficult age and I am thankful to a choir teacher who teaches songs that strengthens and uplifts her students. Here is the text from Inscription of Hope:

"Inscription of Hope." Based on fragments of Jewish text found on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany during World War II, it is believed to have been scrawled by a someone hiding from the Nazis.

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining.
And I believe in love
even when there's no one there.
And I believe in God
even when He is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.


But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter
to know someone's there
But a voice rises within me saying
'hold on my child'
I'll give you strength, I'll give you hope
Just stay a little while


I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
even when there's no one there
And I believe in God
even when He is silent
I believe through any trial
There is always a way


May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace.

Everyone had an opportunity to do a solo. Those who did not do a solo had to do a speaking part. Everyone did a great job.

Anna you are growing up so quickly. We love and appreciate you so much. We think you are terrific and are so glad to have you be a part of our family.



The final song of the night was this one. Again I have left the lyrics, because I think the message is powerful to all, but especially to these kids at this age. When life can be more complicated than ever before.
AS LONG AS I HAVE MUSIC
Words by: Don Besig & Nancy Price
Music by: Don Besig

When the world seems far beyond me
And I have no place to go,
When my life seems cold and empty
And I feel I'm all alone,

Then a song that I remember
Helps to ease my troubled mind
And I find the strength within me
To reach out just one more time.

For as long as I have music,
As long as there's a song for me to sing,
I can find my way; I can see a brighter day.
The music in my life will set my spirit free!

When the road is dark and lonely,
And I feel I want to cry,
When the dreams I keep inside me
Seem to fade and almost die,

Then I call upon my music
And it helps to dry my tears,
And I know that I can make it.
I'll go on, despite my fears.

For as long as I have music,
As long as there's a song for me to sing,
I can find my way; I can see a brighter day.
The music in my life will set my spirit free!

1 comments:

Amanda March 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM  

It is so exciting to see kids doing something so possitive! Good job Anna. We are all lucky to have her in our lives! My kids were just cheering her name a few minutes ago because they get to see her tomorrow. Even Hayden now says, Anna Anna Anna! (It is easy for her since Banana was her first word and she says that very similar nanna!)