Re: Fwd: Tonite's Webcast and HARMO-ssourian Friday August 1 2003
- Just got on by clicking the other choice
where it says "Or this one"
At 8/1/2003 09:51 PM -0400, you wrote:
>at 8:30GMT tonite Friday show at Hatmony College.
>Saturday nite same for big quartet sow
>Interesting reminiscences in todays report below
>>From: "Brian Lynch" <BLynch@...>
>>Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2003 17:44:44 -0500
>>Subject: [bbshop] HARMO-ssourian Friday August 1 2003
>>[ read them all online at www.spebsqsa.org/hcdc ]
>>Harmony College heritage lives in the Temple of Tags
>>NEWSFLASH: Barbershoppers like to sing in stairwells. Dr. Jim Richards could
>>no doubt provide a detailed explanation of why this is better than anywhere
>>else, and probably mathematically model the "perfect" stairwell for tag
>>Not necessary: we already have one. Under the commonest criteria --
>>acoustics, convenience and company - we already have the perfect stairwell.
>>For the other 51 weeks of the year, it's just a dim, dingy passageway
>>between the student union and the MC Building. But, much like Brigadoon, one
>>week every year, it is magically transformed; and for the past 28 years, it
>>has become the Temple of Tags at Harmony College.
>>Like any place of worship, the Temple of Tags demands of its guests
>>obeisance to its rituals. First, the holy icons assume their place in the
>>sanctuary: a tastefully simple plaque comes from storage, and lovingly
>>buffed to a glossy sheen, hangs against the cinderblocks, blessing the
>>chords to follow.
>>This stairwell is hereby designated
>>the Temple of Tags during the week of Harmony College.
>>Dedicated to producing the finest sounds, friends and memories.
>>This third day of August 1992,
>>and yearly thereafter forever.
>>Strict tag-singing etiquette regarding fifth wheels yields to sharing the
>>really ripe ones with any who enter. Dog-eared tags books appear, and eager
>>huddles form to read out the Hoy Writ as set down by prophets of old: Moon
>>and Perry and Busby and Szabo and Waesche. Look at David Krause's tag book.
>>Alongside Bill Busby's "Good-Bye Forever, It's Over I Know," is David's
>>handwritten comment: "Wife died. Never wrote song." Gulp. Now sing the tag.
>>But the best part of the Temple of Tags is surely the way its regulars
>>eagerly welcome the novitiates. Quartets form, grow into septets, splinter,
>>and the novitiates keep singing. A crowd of the younger singers forms in the
>>adjacent hallway, and the screamers go up another third, and ring just that
>>No tag session is complete until someone tosses in an off-handed remark or
>>lyric change that sets everyone to laughing, ideally to the point that they
>>can't hit that first chord without cracking up again.
>>The week isn't complete without "The Bounce." Everyone troops out to the
>>place where Earl Moon would stand to teach tags. and rips a big one. A big,
>>big, big one - and then stops dead silent, to hear the chord race across the
>>campus, bounce off the dorms, and sail back home to its daddies. A romantic
>>might hope that the chord continues to sail across the darkling prairie,
>>soothing all in the slumbering night.
>>Quite a place, that Temple of Tags.
>>Tony Vink, Southern Part of Africa Tonsorial Singers
>>A World Harmony Council education grant brought Tony Vink from Johannesburg,
>>South Africa to Directors College 2003.
>>"Our group has only have five guys meeting regularly right now," says Tony,
>>"and coming to Directors College is filling me with ways to build our
>>presence. We get pretty comfortable singing around the piano in someone's
>>home; now we want to get out in front of more people."
>>Born in The Netherlands, the 37-year-old Vink has lived in South Africa for
>>22 years, and has long experience in different choral styles. "I had
>>actually heard about barbershop about eight years ago, and never really
>>thought much about it. Then, in 1999, I found myself between choruses, and
>>thought it would be interesting to try a barbershop quartet."
>>A newspaper ad yielded no results, so Tony turned to the Internet and found.
>>www.spebsqsa.org. A few emails later, global Barbershopper Jeremy Reynolds
>>had directed him to another singer just 10 kilometers away.
>>The Southern Part of Africa Tonsorial Singers (SPATS) has 40-75 members in
>>three chapters. "We owe a lot to Jack Bird, a longtime barbershop force down
>>here. Although health problems keep him from being active now, he's the one
>>who taught us to sing the style interpretively, instead of by the bar
>> lines." SPATS has used education grants in the past to bring top coaches to
>>South Africa; this time, it sent Tony to America. "This barbershop world is
>>welcoming," said Tony. "Lani put me in touch with folks around the Kansas
>>City area, and 50-year-member Tom Miller offered to lodge me for a few
>>nights when I arrived. I went out for supper with Tom, Burt Szabo and Jim
>>Bagby, then went back to their house for tag singing. It wasn't till I got
>>here that I realized how lucky I'd been to be with the absolute cream of the
>>Tony's first priorities on his return: "Ask ourselves, every week, 'How much
>>singing are we really doing?' compared with side chatting, etc. Also, we
>>need to get a serious membership effort started, and I'm bringing back
>>copies of the Singing Is Life video."
>>"Although there is a lot of singing in South Africa, we see a challenge in
>>trying to interest singers in an American folk music. I want to try to
>>approach it as expressive close harmony singing. I'm hoping Burt Szabo will
>>help me with some barbershop arrangements of familiar South African songs."
>>Totally buffed out:
>>The Next Gen Guide to must-have tech for HCDC
>>A serious nickname
>>A few nicknames you probably haven't seen on Barbershopper name badges this
>>week: SexyFro007, Mucus44502, pureplayaz. Troll the computer lab, and you'll
>>find our hard-core coterie of our teens and twenty-somethings clattering
>>away on the keys, lining up doomed 30-second love affairs. "You gotta like a
>>girl who likes to bullride," howls one, as they all roll round the screen to
>>see an entrant on AmIHotOrNot.com. "No way she's not a model, man." (They
>>sure didn't make 'em like that when I was young..)
>>Cassette tape? History. If you're going to get 'em all, you'll want a
>>digital recorder or mini-disc that gives quick random access to your
>>favorites on demands. Lapel clip stereo microphone is a must.
>>Chandler Gates of Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, moves fast round the campus on his
>>Razor scooter, occasionally grabbing some air for grins.
>>You can't sit at the computer chatting for hours without serious tunes. And
>>there's no reason your best stuff can't be right where you are, thanks to
>>broadband and web radio.
>>No dull voice-only cell phones for these guys. Better have Nextel direct
>>connects, big phone books, speakerphones.
>>Envy the Next Generation: they are at 12 and 19 and 23 already making the
>>barbershop friends they'll have for twenty and thirty and fifty years to
>>We'll say it again: get on the bus
>>Sign up so we can get you there Sunday. Get outta here by 10 am. See you
>>Tag that bag
>>The color-coded luggage tags will help get your goods to the right terminal.
>>Need more? Get them from the HCDC office.
>>One more regular guy located on campus
>>As regular as they come. He's hardly ever done anything except teach
>>everyone on the planet how to form vowels, share the joy of music, be a man
>>of integrity and faith, be a loving father. and the finest quartet bass
>>going down the road. Just like the rest of us. Shake hands with Regular Guy
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