Alex Boyé teams up with One Voice Children's Choir and Lexi Walker for Africanized 'Let It Go'

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  • itscindylou Bourbonnais, IL
    Feb. 19, 2014 7:07 a.m.

    sg, I don't think Alex Boye's "punction to Africanize every song" is self-aggrandizing at all, it's just his style. For example, you wouldn't expect Rascal Flatts to re-make a song in a jazz style, they would do it in a country style, because that's what they do.

  • sg newhall, CA
    Feb. 18, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    He's okay, but Lexi Walker is the STAR of this video. Frankly Boye is an after thought. His punction to Africanize every song he hears is okay, but a little self-aggrandizing for me. If one must put a spin on a song that just didn't need it to be...Lexi YES, Boye, not so much.

  • itscindylou Bourbonnais, IL
    Feb. 18, 2014 6:28 a.m.

    This arrangement and performance is spectacular, and Lexi has a powerful and stunning voice. Sadly, as I see happening all to often lately, some people are over thinking the whole thing. It can be a great song with a powerful positive message regardless of what it may or may not have meant in the movie. Every song means something a little different to every person. I tend to agree with lrutz's take on it. The line that says, "Be the good girl you always have to be" could just as easily be interpreted to mean (referring to real life, not the movie) being a "good girl" and keeping quiet about things that make others uncomfortable i.e. dressing modestly, not getting tattoos or piercings, opposing abortion, or other beliefs that are becoming increasingly unpopular in today's world. I don't believe "the song is becoming a misguided anthem for being yourself without consequences". I believe it is a beautifully and thoughtfully written song about letting go of your fear and insecurity and being who you truly are, living and standing up for what you believe, regardless of whether others agree with you or not.

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    Feb. 16, 2014 10:55 p.m.

    I second @USAlover.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    Good gravy people. Over-analyze much...

  • hask Chino Hills, CA
    Feb. 16, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    A tragedy occurs at the moment when Elsa is singing Let it Go. She has left her family and responsibilities. Initially, she regrets her forced isolation.

    As the song progresses, Elsa's attitude changes for the worst. If she had continued to be unhappy about the situation, that would have been fine. However, she starts to revel in her "freedom" to live without rules. At the end of the song, she starts sashaying in a very sensual way. She even creates an ice monster to keep everyone away from her new life. Disney had originally planned to make Elsa the villain. At that moment, she's becoming a villain.

    Elsa's redemption comes later, at the end of the film, when Anna sacrifices herself to save Elsa's life, a beautiful message of true love that resonates. It is only then that Elsa learns to control her powers and live peacefully in society. That moment is the triumph of the movie, when she is able to turn her weakness into a strength. That moment should be celebrated, not the moment when she sings Let it Go. Unfortunately, the song is becoming a misguided anthem for being yourself without consequences.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 16, 2014 7:24 p.m.

    I applaud Alex Boye. He is definitely one of Utah's gems. This song is so very Christian, it was great to see a Mormon Christian like Boye sing it.
    Walker also did a phenomenal job.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 4:05 p.m.

    "Her running away is typical of what teens do."

    That is not a mere teenage angst running away. She was facing arrest or worst and was defending herself (and others) by running.

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    Feb. 16, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Interesting philosophical take on the song's message and lyrics. While I identify with the sentiments expressed thus far, I feel that the song's message and lyrics are being taken out of context. "No right or wrong and no rules" by themselves is not true by my standards, too. But come on--this is loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. "The Snow Queen." Yes, in any media, we need to be discriminating of content. What I have read in the comments are ignoring the context.

    She feared (correctly) that the people would reject her and fear her powers. *She* didn't even understand her powers. So it that sense, she decided that she did not want to be bound by her societal rules of what is "right or wrong" behavior because there were no rules concerning someone with freezing powers. (LOL) Her running away is typical of what teens do. They can identify with her but hopefully, like her, will realize that it is better to face your problems and not leave your support circle. (And girls, some guys you just can't trust!)

    I still think it is a good message. Enjoy the show!

  • lds97 Canada, 00
    Feb. 16, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    Although this post should be more about the amazing talent in this video and the hard work out into it, I am dying to comment on the meaning of the song in the movie...
    Elsa doesn't run away from her problems, and she isn't being selfish. She leaves because she's afraid of hurting the people around her. Kind of like the hulk in that way I guess. I'm sure she would love to be with Anna, but she wants to protect her so she leaves. Before this point, all she has known is the danger her powers hold.

    This song is her discovering that it's a talent and makes her special, not a monster. It is not a weakness, it is a gift.

    And she isn't being reckless. the only negative effect it has is the whole "setting off an eternal winter", but that started because of the party incident, not because of using her powers during the let it go scene. and how was she supposed to expect that? and it's not a meltdown/breakdown, it's a realization of hope.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 11:25 p.m.

    It looks like I'm in agreement with just about everyone else when I say that Lexi's singing voice is truly amazing.

    I hope she and her parents are prepared for the fame that such a talent will almost certainly bring.

    Take good care Lexi and good luck.

  • hask Chino Hills, CA
    Feb. 14, 2014 6:09 p.m.

    I agree with Incite Full. This isn't a positive song. I'm troubled when Elsa condemns good girls and when she says: "It's time to see what I can do to test the limits and break through. No right, no wrong, no rules for me--I'm free."

    That's not my definition of freedom. Are we teaching children that when we have problems, we should just run away and be hermits? (Elsa petulantly "slam(s) the door" on others.) It would have been better if Elsa had stayed and allowed Anna to help her.

    Irutz said, "It's a song about understanding who you are and deciding to be that no matter what anyone else says." Does this mean you should never listen to anyone? Or that you should nurture your weaknesses with abandon and that we should celebrate people who are reckless? On the contrary, we are supposed to live together and learn from each other how to be better people. We aren't supposed to run away from our problems and never seek advice or help from others.

    Lexi sings the song beautifully, but when I analyze the lyrics, the song leaves me frozen.

  • hamrdown OREM, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 3:59 p.m.


    And I agree with lrutz' take on breaking free. I don't see this song (or movie) as a bad thing. It is about knowing who you are and becoming someone better.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    Feb. 14, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    This song totally blew me away! I love the African influence and the amazing talent! Lexi Walker is the real deal, and I'm sure we can expect to see a lot more out of her in the future. That being said, Alex Boye and the whole children's choir were simply fantastic. Our little household watched it over and over this morning because our daughter couldn't get enough of it!

  • AndrewJackson New Harmony, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    Alex and Lexi, great job!!!

  • lrutz Johnstown, PA
    Feb. 14, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    To Incite-Full: I don't know that that's what the song is about. All her life her parents have told her not to be herself, not to use or develop her talents, rather to hide them away and tamp down the things that make her truly unique and special--the things that make her, well, herself. This song is about breaking free from fear, deciding that the talents and gifts that you're given are not to be hidden away. It's a song about understanding who you are and deciding to be that no matter what anyone else says. I love how she goes from being walled up inside, sad, and beaten down with sorrow to being confident and ultimately through the movie learning to love others AND herself.

  • Incite Full Layton, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 6:54 a.m.

    The girl's got quite a set of pipes!

    The music in Frozen's great... as long as you don't consider the story behind the best songs...

    in "Let it Go" Elsa (the Snow Queen) has a mental meltdown, because she's afraid of her mysterious powers and rather than staying with those she loves, she abandons everything... runs away from her problems, builds herself a world of her own that's pretty but ultimately dangerous, and nearly kills every living person in the land...

    The song kind of comes off as inspirational--like it's a good thing to get rid of your "troubles" or being the "good girl"... but if you consider what she's doing storywise, she's making a selfish and destructive choice.

    In an attempt to "Let it go" she's really only making things worse.

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:02 p.m.

    As a professional choir director and vocal coach--HOLY COW THAT LEXI CAN SING! I'm totally impressed. And I'm not usually wholly impressed with gifted child singers. I agree with USAlover. but the rest of the crew, Alex and the children's choir, are superb, too.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    Lexi Walker is the real star in this scenario.

    Un-be-liev-able talent!

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 8:30 p.m.

    Fantastic remix - loved the "Peponi" Paradise take that Boye did with The Piano Guys. Really cool to see the talent these kids have too.