Wish I had seen this, Walter & Marjorie. Most of the publicity barbershoppers seem to get in tv shows is the kind that puts us in a bad light. The flip side of the common message that anyone can do it (not a bad message in of itself) is that yeah, drunk or sober, good singer or bad singer, anyone can do it, and with about the same unpleasant results for any unfortunate listeners!
And it carries an unstated implication of, that being the case, any reasonably good singers would want to be singing a "better" style of music rather than "that stuff".
It seems that, because of the popular steriotype, the only reason quartets get written into scripts at all is for comic relief. The script writers aren't interested in trying to portray us any other way and attempt to change everyone's preconceived notions. At least, not very often...
Again, wish I had seen one of these few exceptions to the rule. It's great when that happens.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Walter Latzko" <wlatzko@...> wrote:
> Did anyone see NCIS tonight (Tuesday)? The younger fellow in the morgue talked about barbershop quartets, that he had been in one in college (tenor) wearing the straw hats and everything. They talked about the fifth tone in barbershop singing, the harmony and the ringing chords. I couldn't believe how much time they gave in discussing the subject of barbershop quartets. I wonder if the writer of this episode is a barbershopper.
> Walter is up to 1,178 arrangements.
> Marjorie Latzko
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