I know it is difficult to trust anyone these days. The era of sending your kids outside to play all day unsupervised has pretty much come to an end. Think of how much fun we had playing “Wolves and Geese”, “Red Light, Green Light”, “Statue Maker”, “Red Rover” and all the others. We have become overly protective of our children and I am guilty of wanting the same protection for my own children. According to the kids, A couple of you are having concerns about the lyrics of “Still Alive.” I want you to consider the following:
Were you apprehensive about sending the kids on the trip to Eau Claire? In retrospect do you feel you had anything to worry about? Trust me. When it comes to knowing what is best for the choir I really do know what I am doing. I care about the kids and will not let them be psycologically damaged by the songs that we sing. There is a purpose for each song we perform and each new challenge leads to a stronger organization. Performing this piece will cause our choir to be noticed even more than the Sollberger pieces. Invitations to perform at other events and to collaborate with other choirs, requests to perform with well known artists and other noteworthy recognition for the choir could come out of this. Trust me.
We live in a modern world and “Still Alive” has a modern text. The kids will be singing “Sir Eglamore” as part of Caiman Chorus. A line in that song says “Out came a dragon from her den, Fa la lanky down dilly, that killed God knows how many men.” The computer in the Portal Game is just a modern day dragon. A mythical enemy of great power that tries to destroy the noble knight. It even looks like one in the final stage of the game. The text will not cause any damage to our children and the pride they will feel for the accolades they will receive will be entirely edifying. Do you think our children were dealt an injury when we sang “when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby bow cradle and all”? This will bring only good to them. Trust me.
You might want to see the earlier post “Still Alive” and “Should Your Kids Play Portal?” There is also a link on the right to some captured video of what the gameplay is all about. Look under “Our Choir” and click on “Portal Video”.
If you have a feeling one way or another, please open a dialogue by posting a comment here. If you would rather speak to me privately, please email me. email@example.com. If you intend on pulling your child from the choir please do so right away as every position on the risers will be choreographed for the light show I am planning.