Wednesday, April 02, 2008

B is for barbershop

I don't know how it came to be that this type of music became my obsession. As a child I loved folk music and rock and roll, I enjoyed classical and jazz. I sang in the church choir and sang along with the Mamas and the Papas and the Limelighters. In high school I equally loved marching bands and Inna Gadda Da Vida, baby. Harmony is the thing that pulled my heartstrings the most. CSNY and bluegrass singers. Madrigals and Dylan with Joan Baez. Put four voices together and it's more than twice the power of two.

For the past 23 years I have spent most of my discretionary funds and a great deal of time learning how to sing this artform, how to carry the melody without carrying the quartet, how to blend in a chorus, how to perform with joy and excitement.

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