Re: Thumbprint (variation of Ramrod thread)
- Good thread, and label - that "Thumbprint".
I'd say most quartets, by their very nature, need to be a collaborative
effort. But there are a few dominant personalities so much bigger than life
that other singers will go along with just for the ride. Several have been
named. Some of the best quartets, however, are ones where you can't think
of anyone in the quartet you'd want to swap out, because they all contribute
But in barbershop we have a few other "thumbprints". Distinctive choruses
have thumbprints from their directors. Clay Hine on Big Chicken and Chuck
Olsen on Tualatin Valley are a couple that come to my mind. Jim Miller, Jim
Clancy, and Dr. Lyne have all left their thumbprints.
I would say that both Dave Stevens and Bob Johnson left their thumbprints on
the BHS, perhaps more so than OC.
Larry Ajer left quite a thumbprint on the C&J system, coaches and various
ensembles he coached. We had a coach named Bud Leabo out here in Evergreen
who left quite a mark. Buz Hagar did so, too. Lou Perry left a pretty good
thumbprint on the Boston Common, who left a thumbprint of their own on many
Speaking of quartets, Sun Tones, BGSU, TNT, GHG and numerous others have
left their thumbprints on our singers and style, too.
Is leaving a thumbprint good? In some cases. In all cases? Probably not.
I've seen a director tear a chorus apart, too. Well, that is a form of a
thumbprint. Or is that a claw-mark?
Anyway, there are people who contribute without leaving a thumbprint, too.
I bet you can think of quite a few.
In A Chord,
Bass, Smooooth Quartet
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Dir. of Music & Performance, EVG