“The Temple Bells” plays on the idea of self-acceptance. It is broken up into three basic sections:
the person is mournful, confused, questioning, unsure of their identity;
the person is frenzied, thinking rapidly, trying to flee themselves;the person accepts, embraces, and finds peace with who they are.
The “temple bells” are the Bo(m) sounds, which are meant to close to the “m” sound as soon as possible. The piece is meant to be sung sans vibrato, with some leeway.