So it is with great surprise that I have seen an upsurge in sales of my choral music in the last couple of months. One piece that I actually haven't thought about in years was picked up by a large Men's Chorus in England. Oh how I would love to go hear them sing it!
One year we had a wonderful quartet of men in my Ward Choir. All had great solo voices but nevertheless were willing to blend! A good high tenor, a lead Tenor with a lovely ringing quality, a Baritone with no ego, and a deep Bass. I wanted them to have a special song to sing during our Christmas program that year. The program I planned was inspired by an article I had read about the Sacrament. It really needed a special song about the Savior, his mission and Atonement in relation to the Sacrament. I decided to write The Bread of Life especially for these four guys.
"Bethlehem" means the "house of bread." Jesus was born to give Living Water and the sustenance (or bread) of Life Everlasting to all those who believe in Him and follow His commandments. No wonder we take the bread and water in the Sacrament every week to renew our covenants with Him.
My quartet sang very well in that Christmas program years ago. I am hopeful that the British Mens Chorus will sing equally well.