MONTGOMERY — Not even a quarantine can stop the Viking Voices singers from performing.
“We’re in the home stretch of the hard times. We took a hard left, but we’re all right ...,” eighth-grader Catharine Catania sings in a video while 17 other students perform their a cappella portion of “The Bone.“
It’s a virtual choir by a group of Valley Central Middle School students who recorded individual performances in their separate homes. In the video, they simulate various instruments ranging from guitar to drums and piano.
The video has received more than 2,000 views and 900 shares since it was posted on YouTube.
Justin Glodich, a chorus teacher who organized the virtual choir, was glad to see the video has spread hope and cheer amid the lockdown. As a first-time producer of a virtual choir, he spent about two weeks lining up audio and video tracks and editing the video. But it’s rewarding to see the students feel accomplished after the positive feedback, he said.
“A lot of comments were like ’This brought me to tears.’ It’s bigger than them,” Glodich said. “We are all going through the same thing. It’s a big thing if we can shed a little light on the darkness.”
Catania, the soloist of the video, felt connected to others when she saw the group members appear all together on the screen. Although it’s different in that she cannot hear other singers around her, it is not that hard to put together the show because everyone is very familiar with the melody, she said.
“The Bone“ has been taken as a signature song as the group has rehearsed the performance since September. Glodich said the lyrics took on a new meaning since the schools closed and students have been looking for ways to connect.
“It reminds us that ‘when the bones are good, the rest don’t matter.’ These times are hard, but we are strong together,” said Glodich.
“That is our foundation. We’re going to move forward as one big family.”