A "Common" reaction
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Steven Wheaton/Quebec/IBM" <swheato@c...>
> I just didn't understand why the Best quartet of themI know, Steve. There are a lot of us who have never been able to
> all, the Boston Common, didn't win for another 3 Internationals ;-).
figure that out.
(a huge Boston Common fan... but trying not to get any bigger)
- Well, considering that my folks are both barbershoppers and that I
was probably concieved just weeks before the Happiness Emporium won
their gold, their performance(s) hooked me HARD. I'm certain my
parents played their album countless times and, as a result, my first
words were "run, run". As in, "run to the city of refuge, you better
run, run, run". This is how I referred to the stereo at the tender
age of 10 months. Too bad my mean old dad wouldn't let me join until
I was 10 YEARS old. Over the years I've heard H.E. perform countless
times and could probably sing at least two parts to most of their
repertiore. What's even cooler is that I get to sing with two of them
every week in the Great Northern Union. Man, it's fun to hang around
your idols. The best, though, was all the encouragement my quartet
got from these fellas as we were taking our shot at the LOL District
Championship this fall. I'll never forget the look on Bob Dowma's
face when the number two quartet was announced and it was clear we
were the winners. We've all seen that grin a million times but this
one was so very special to me. I think, for that moment, I knew how
he felt when his quartet's name was announced in Indianapolis in July
Barbershop brat to the core (literally)!!!
Tenor - Innovation
2000 LOL District Quartet Champions
Tenor - Great Northern Union - Hilltop, MN
2000 International 4th Place Medalists and LOL District Champions
- Wow-- these stories are fun to read! When my daugher was born, I went from
being a full-time music teacher to a stay-at-home mom. I knew I needed
something musical to do. I went to my local Sweet Adelines chapter meeting.
They reeled me in, having me join their music staff almost immediately,which
helped feed my craving to do something that I felt qualfied to do. However,
onto the performace that "hooked" me....
My first contest was what did it. I saw on the stage in these beautiful plum
dresses, the Ramapo Valley Chorus sing the West Side Story Medley. Everyone
in my chorus kept telling me, "Wait until you hear Ramapo Valley!" over and
over again. Now I knew why. My jaw dropped to the floor, and I knew that
this is something I must keep doing!
tenor section leader
Ramapo Valley Chorus, SAI
7th in the world