Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I have been in the front row of my barbershop chorus for about 3 years now. For the non-barbershoppers out there, this means I get extra choreography and more exposure, generally because I either look better, sing better, emote better, or at the very least, remember my shit better (most likely the latter).

It also doesn't hurt that at the tender age of 34, I am the relative baby of the chorus. When I joined, I brought the median age down from 'deceased'. This gives me certain physical abilities that necessitate me being in the front row: more vocal control, a more youthful look to the chorus, and the fact that I can kneel without breaking a hip...yet.

Another advantage to by youth is that when they are looking for a young character for the show (assuming it has a story line) I'm pretty much it. Hence, I was told on Saturday that I would be taking the lead role of 'Ted' in this year's show. Apparently, they decided to change the show design concept a bit last minute and threw together a script centered around a young man returning home from the Korean War to his home town. Being the only one even CLOSE to a 'young man' I was (ironically, given the show premise) drafted.

So, I will officially give my plug now...


Hear ye, hear ye!
Come one, come all to the Detroit-Oakland Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society's
70th Annual Parade of Harmony Show entitled
"Fabulous Fifties"!!

Revel in the music made popular in the mid-20th Century as we follow the story of Ted, who returns from the Korean War to his hometown!

Featuring 2 Amazing guest quartets, 2007 Pioneer District champs Chordiology and Several-time International finalists Storm Front!

Clarenceville High School Auditorium
Livonia, MI
February 27th at 8pm
February 29th at 7:30pm
Tickets $18 (all seats reserved, so get the good seats now!)

My quartet will be on the show as well, doing a FANTASTIC medley of 'Fly Me To The Moon' and 'Come Fly With Me'.

In know. All of 5 or 6 of you actually read this, and at least 4 of you are prohibited by cost or distance. Still, I figure if there's one or two that stumble upon this and come...

Tonight, quartet rehearsal with Big Dave! We're back, baby!!

Other stuff to catch you all up on, but I gotta get to work. In the meantime, go check out my more recent pictures on Flickr. Click on the pics in the sidebar --->

1 comment:

Wes said...

When I joined, I brought the median age down from 'deceased'.

I'm reminded of the quote from Tom Lehrer: "By the time Mozart was my age, he'd been dead two years."