When my friend, Jef (whom I’m visiting), said a friend of his was performing in a Barbershop Quartet, he didn’t have to ask me twice.
- How awesome is that?
- I L.O.V.E. a capella
- In college nearly all of my crushes were developed at a capella shows, so perhaps this would be a chance for an-on-the-road romance.
Let’s put to rest–immediately–that this was not the chance for and on-the-road romance. The performers were mostly in their 80s. No exaggeration. And I am not looking for a sugar (grand) daddy.
Dashed dreams aside, the show was wonderful. Although I did fret about those suited gentlemen standing for that long. Some of them got wobbly toward the end, and no joke, I think one nodded off during the performance.
It brought back fond memories of college a capella concerts. And made me smile at these gentlemen’s commitment to an art that they love.
Want to know the history of Barbershop Quartets? Of COURSE you do! It actually did start in the babershop–in the African American community around the turn of the 20th century. As men hung out chatting (gossiping), they might turn to song and harmonizing. Then minstrel sings adopted the style and its popularity grew. And yes, women can have barbershop quartets, too.
What’s one of your favorite memories from college – aside from anything related to alcohol or athletics (I’m sneaky, aren’t I?)