Alex Boye's wife shares trials, triumphs of Boye's viral 'Let it Go' cover
But as we all know, there is opposition in all things, and this video has received its fair share of negative comments on YouTube, as well as from bloggers and other outside sources the general public will never know about. I continue to watch Alex get scrutinized for not having enough black kids in the choir or for something as silly as putting an African influence to a song about winter when “there’s no snow in Africa.” Seriously, people? I read the racial slurs and, of course, that "N word."
Alex reads it and hears it too. And yet I watch my sweet husband let it all go. He’s always told me, "You have to develop a thick skin in the music business." Sometimes I just don’t understand why his black skin always has to make its way into the comments, but he lets it go. He seems to say to himself, “Let the storm rage on, people!”
And there are times, albeit begrudgingly, that I have to let him go — let him do his thing, let him live and breathe his inspirations uninhibited, to be able to influence and inspire millions of people, in hopes of not only making a living for his family but sharing the LDS faith as well. I have to let him go be in the world countless weeks at a time with people from all different walks of life to spread glad tidings of a gospel they know nothing about, in a way that only he is capable of. I have to let him go, even though I’m struggling at home with three small children and a baby bump that’s growing way too quickly for my liking and a house full of dirty dishes and dirty laundry and dirty bums.
Gladys Knight once told Alex that sometimes we need to go out to the trenches of the music business. Sometimes I wonder how he’ll get in there and get his hands dirty while still staying clean. With all the temptations, the greed, the celebrity status, the nasty YouTube comments, and the gold that the music industry has to offer, how can I help protect him and keep him safe from it all? How can I be his right-hand woman when we live in two different worlds? The answer is always the same: I have to let him go and trust in that being from whose mind we, too, were imagined and whose hands we were created. I'll let go and let God.
Julie Boye is a graduate of the University of Utah and mother of 3. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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