- This past weekend, Keepsake was the guest quartet at the Plano Men
of Note Chapter Shows. It was a great thrill to hear them in person
for the first time, and to get a chance to sing a polecat with them
was an experience I won't forget. Many barbershop luminaries turned
out, incluing Bill Thornton and Gary Parker of the Dealer's Choice.
To see those two sing with Tony DeRosa and Don Barnick gave me
As I was hearing Keepsake, I kept thinking about Vocal Spectrum who
sang on the VM's Fall show and dazzled us all last year in Indy. I
thought how different the two quartets were, but yet both so
excellent in their own way. Time does indeed march on, and when I
think of Vocal Spectrum, how they sing and the way they carry
themselves, I am proud and hopeful of the Society's future. I guess
I kind of associate Vocal Spectrum with the new faces and sound of
the Society- from Four Voices, to Realtime to OC Times, and of
course, Westminster. They are raising the bar and I love it. But,
one thing we should remember is that us older guys are role models
for them- not only are they are looking to us as examples of how to
conduct themselves as singers, but also as men of good will and
honesty. I hope I can conduct myself accordingly and be worthy of an
organization that attracts such fine young men.
On to Denver- good luck to all competitors!
Baritone, Texas Millionaires