RE: [bbshop] Re: A barbershop challenge
- Since we're on the subject of Disney songs here, there's a piece in
"Beauty and the Beast" called "Gaston" that's got some really nice chord
progressions in it, and a great bridge...
..not to mention a cool little shuffle from "Aristocats" called
"Everybody wants to be a Cat."
I think both of those would make good barbershop.
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From: Schleier, Tom @ ACSSD [mailto:Tom.Schleier@...]
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 10:25 AM
Subject: RE: [bbshop] Re: A barbershop challenge
I have "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me (Us)" from Aladdin
arranged by Gillingham, and "Kiss The Girl" from The Little Mermaid by
All fun stuff.
Bari - Greater Phoenix Chorus
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- Greetings, Burt. Being under 40 and a big fan of modern alternative music,
I would love to see some of those songs re-arranged in the barbershop style.
Don't get me wrong, the old songs are great, and I have a particular
fondness for the pre-rock early 50's quartets (Four Freshmen, etc.). But
there's been a ton of good music written in the last few decades, it's just
a matter of where you look.
The swing dance revival has given us a variety of lesser-known bands that
are producing barbershop-friendly original music, much of it with messages
that are consistent with the nostalgic themes in the old songs. Indigo
Swing, The Eddie Reed Orchestra, and even some of Brian Setzer's work falls
into this category. "Let's Live It Up", a Brian Setzer tune, has a
wonderfully positive and funny message that's just begging to be arranged
for a quartet.
Similarly, there are lyrical gems on the edge of the pop world, where some
of the most creative wordsmiths of the modern era live. Morrissey, XTC, The
The, Billy Bragg, Joe Jackson, World Party, and some others fall into this
group. XTC's "I'd Like That" is a simple little lovesong that paints images
of bicycle rides in the rain and other goodness that could have been taken
straight from the old songs.
Another genre with excellent songwriting and barbershop potential is modern
folk and soft rock, including artists like the Indigo Girls, Sarah
Mclachlan, the Sundays, the Proclaimers, and others. Country music isn't
something I listen to, but I'm sure there are some appropriate songs there
as well. And, finally, there are some comedy gems by Mojo Nixon, Martin
Mull, and even Adam Sandler that, while of occasional questionable "good
taste", could still be appropriate in the right setting.
Having recently been thinking about forming a quartet, the issue of song
selection has been on my mind. If you'd like specific song recommendations,
I'd be happy to compile a list of those I feel are appropriate.
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