I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The woodcutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs. (Walt Whitman)
Will America once more sing again? That might depend on who the choir director is. A good choir director will encourage each individual singer. He or she will also strive to assure that the individual singles blend in harmony with the whole group so as to produce the most powerful and melodious musical performance.
The choir director would certainly not engage the choir members in an exercise of striving against each other to see who could produce the loudest noise. Having produced a cacophony, would he or she would then place the blame on one of the participants? This approach would make no sense, unless the purpose of the director was for some reason other than leading the choir in a musical performance.
Will America sing again? The answer is up to the American people. God will do His part. What will we do?