This is such a beautiful and somehow inspirational series of human experiences that we can all either relate to, or appreciate. What began as a simple experiment by a single composer to combine a few vocal tracks recorded over Youtube into a single, short choir song, has turned into a bit of a phenomenon around the world with thousands of vocal and technical contributions coming from all corners of the planet, and everywhere in-between. Not only are the results beautiful in themselves, but the story behind it and the relationships it has inspired is an acute reminder of how our divisions as human beings are only ever a few inspirational choruses thick. The music echoes the beauty of each of the projects and its entire escalation and crescendo is perfectly personified by the magnificent videos. I find this sort of ethereal chemistry of human experiences to be quite a stark reminder of our own fragility as cocooned beings; serving as an inspiration to reach out to others, if you will.
I suppose I've had the luxury of being able to dedicate an hour to entirely this, with no interruptions. You might not have that sort of time, with it being a Monday, but if you can afford it...actually scrap that - you can afford it. Take 20 minutes out of your working day to share in something far better; far more creative; far more connecting; and far more inspiration than a Susan Boyle or Paul Potts clip. I've waxed lyrical about my own feelings about it, so post yours.
I hope it helps inspire you to a better Monday...
Here is the TED talk with Eric Whitacre, introducing the project in such an eloquent manner that seems unsurprisingly natural to him. This is a great starting point instead of jumping into the songs.
This is the 2000-people strong rendition of Sleep.
And here is his, and 3000-odd people's rendition of Water Night.
With a picture of the entire cast (3.5MB) - http://ericwhitacre.com/img/vc3/VC3members.jpg
And here is his Youtube channel.