In a tribute to health care workers and to those on the front lines, including grocery store and food service workers, postal carriers, sanitation workers, and all essential personnel, the Boston Gay Men's chorus performed a moving virtual rendition of "Everything Possible." The song was first written and released by Fred Small in 1985.
Unable to rehearse together, the chorus, made up of members sheltering at home all over New England, wove together their "signature song" that they perform at every outreach concert and to welcome new members, according to the caption on the video:
"Today, we dedicate it to all those who are impacted by #COVID19, including the health care providers and support staff and who are caring for the sick and the dying; and to the foodservice employees, child care providers, grocery store workers, delivery people, postal carriers, sanitation workers, and other essential workers who are risking their own health and safety to ensure that we all have what we need to maintain our health during this deadly pandemic. We're thankful for your courage and commitment. As this song says, "the only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you're done." And may each of you "dream all the day never reaching the end of everything possible for you."
The caption also explains how the members were able to pull off the feat of re-creating the chorus's sound via a virtual experience:
"Director Michael Willer sought to recreate the experience of seeing the chorus onstage by grouping the individual cells of chorus members together according to their assigned section (Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass) and the section that is primarily carrying the song at a given point in the performance is what will dominate your screen. It's also why our ASL interpreter, Lewana Clark, and Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III are visible throughout the performance."
Last week the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus created a virtual performance of "Truly Brave," a mash-up of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" and Sara Bareilles's "Brave" as a thank-you to essential workers.
Watch "Everything Possible" below.