SING! 'n' wonder
- Dear Harmonetters,
Thanks, again, to those who responded to my inquiries about an apparent
association between the Society and SING!
I was hoping to read, and did read in some (too few) places, that one
reason for any such association is TO RECRUIT FOR BARBERSHOP. This seems to
me the only valid reason for the Society associating with other music
groups, perhaps especially in these days of urgent alarms from Kenosha of
decreasing membership. A second, perhaps valid, reason might be to build
I was hoping any association of the Society with SING! or any other music
organization would not be related to further expansion of the notorious
(musical-style) umbrella. Most replies I received addressed this issue,
uniformly in praise of our Nashville association with SING! as a fine way
to expand the umbrella.
I certainly hope this Society-SING! coupling set for Nashville neither
costs the Society money nor diverts any attention from barbershop.
- Does anyone know if this Nashville setup will cost the Society any funds?
- Is the Society-SING! coupling permanent, or just for Nashville?
- If the 2001 coupling is an experiment, how will we judge its success for
- At 04:20 PM 12/2/00 -0500, Thomas L Pearce wrote:
>I was hoping to read, and did read in some (too few) places, that oneNot that I expect to convince you... but I believe there is a subtle,
>reason for any such association is TO RECRUIT FOR BARBERSHOP. This seems to
>me the only valid reason for the Society associating with other music
>groups, perhaps especially in these days of urgent alarms from Kenosha of
>decreasing membership. A second, perhaps valid, reason might be to build
important PR value to this event which should help over time to recruit new
barbershoppers. This event says that "the best barbershoppers can sing toe
to toe with the best a cappella singers of any other style." It also says
"barbershoppers are not an insular inbred society." Both are positive
messages to potential new recruits, although the latter would be "spin" in
describing all of the society members.
Both of these messages are to be delivered in a city that is home to much
of the music industry. We can only hope that the event can attract enough
jaded music industry types to show them what can be accomplished with sheer
vocal talent, and change the general perception of a cappella music and
barbershop in particular.
I certainly appreciate this bold effort by the Society. As a music
entrepreneur I am accustomed to taking risks, and I think it's admirable
for the Society to try something new, different and open. That's the only
way progress is made! There will no doubt be many armchair critics who
would prefer things to stay the same as they used to be. Just depends on
whether you think of the metaphor for preservation as formaldehyde or a
For our part, we are actively promoting Sing! in the Mainely A Cappella
catalog. And I'm personally excited about hearing the concerts - I have
never heard live GLAD, or The Swingle Singers, or Chanticleer, or Malaika,
or Showtime, or For Heaven's Sake... it's gonna be a great weekend!
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- Date: 3Decd00; 16:55
To: Don Gooding, etal
From: Wm Thornton
Your message is true to the target. We stand to further the art of barbershop
quartet singing by continued exposure of our best quartets and choruses to the
rest of the world's a'cappella community. The "SING!" program at Nashville is
a wonderful opportunity for us to once again showcase the magic of "expanded
sound" (that phenomenon which only barbershop harmony consistently produces
and thrills its listeners and performers alike).
See you there!
- "Just depends on whether you think of the metaphor for preservation as
formaldehyde or a national park."
What a GREAT metaphor! One represents a dead thing whose preservation is
forced and artificial while the other is a living, beautiful thing that
celebrates and shares its heritage with all who care to enjoy it by coupling
its natural beauty with modern enhancements to make it acceptable and
enjoyable to a greater audience than would normally go there.
I've been to about 25 National Parks and get much more from each experience
by attending all the shows and displays available at the visitors centers
and learning about what makes a geyser or volcano or a beautiful rock
formation or...... Just putting up a fence and giving it a name is great
for campers but not for the great majority of the rest of us.
Ron Klaiss, Bass - Hometown Harmony, Bryn Mawr (PA) Mainliners, Wilmington
(DE) Chorus of the Brandywine
- I would sure hate to hear Beethovens fifth symphony with banjos and
What a shame...
Its this kind of thinking which will someday (thank God not in my lifetime)
destroy the thing we are trying to preserve...
- You've got it backwards - forcing songs into BBs style is the banjos and
whistles. Exposing oneself to other types of music well and appropiriately
performed is anything but whatever picture you've tried to paint.
----- Original Message -----
To: <badsinger@...>; <email@example.com>; <don@...>
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 11:40 PM
Subject: Re: [bbshop] SING! 'n' wonder
> I would sure hate to hear Beethovens fifth symphony with banjos and
> acoustical guitars...
> What a shame...
> Its this kind of thinking which will someday (thank God not in my
> destroy the thing we are trying to preserve...