Last week the CD arrived from Amazon, and it's wonderful! Jonathan still doesn't quite trust it, though. He's so familiar with their "Perfect Gift" CD that (even though it's Christmas-themed) he still prefers that one; I ask him, "Which Tenors do you want, Jonathan?" and he replies, "Hallelujah Tenors." But I'm sure he'll come around with a few more listens...
I like reading CD liner notes to find out more about the songs a singer or group chooses to record. One of the most beautiful songs on the album is "Anchor Me" (watch a live performance here) with this chorus:
When sadness crashes like an ocean,
When fear is deeper than the sea,
When I am swallowed by the darkness,
Will you come and anchor me?
It could be a prayer to God asking Him for His strength and presence, or just a cry to another person for support; either way it's powerful and inspirational. I was particularly struck by the group's liner notes about this song:
"Every day, whether in person or online, we connect with our [fans]. We often hear stories that range from hardship and tribulation, to joy and transformation. It's incredible to learn how people turn to our music to help them through difficult situations, as a catalyst to pursue their dreams, or as an inspiration for a new chapter in their lives. With this comes not only a great sense of pride but also a great responsibility to choose repertoire that comes from the heart, strengthens and inspires."
I think this is a wonderful example not only of looking for the good, but of being an instrument to help others seek and find it. The fact that they feel a sense of responsibility to choose songs that inspire and strengthen their listeners is impressive. It also reminded me of this Bible verse from Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--
think about such things.