Monday, July 14, 2008

Masters of Harmony

Some of you may have heard me talk about my mom's husband and his role in a barbershop chorus called Masters of Harmony out of Santa Fe Springs, Calif. I'll confess that, prior to hearing them for myself, I thought my mom was embellishing MORE than just a bit when she described their quality. When I rolled my eyes, she said, "But they're international champions!"

Still, I doubted. I mean, international in barbershop? Not exactly a popular mainstream musical form at this point, so I figured it wasn't very competitive.

Uh...WRONG! I admit it, Mom; I was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!

(I'm sorry that I doubted you.)

Ever since that first concert a few years back I've been smitten. The committed group of guys whose ages and experience levels vary tremendously put on a fantastic performance, and last week they proved it again by winning (yet again) the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Gold Medal among large choruses.

The ballads are nice, but I must confess that I go for the up-tunes. It amazes me that so many voices can sing as one dynamically and with such clean phrasing, even at speed with lots of other things going on not the least of which would be the advanced choreo. WHEW!

See for yourself:

Congratulations, Doug and all the MOH team!

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