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So You Think You Can’t Sing

Deke Sharon, the All-Father of A Cappella, hits it square-on with his latest rant/sermon/moment of inspiration. His premise: many people would readily agree that they are fine shooting hoops casually in their driveway, without aspiring to be NBA players. Similarly, a little casual singing in the shower is different than practicing and honing one's skills to be an accomplished performer. Both are ...
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Randy’s 2014 travels

Barbershopper Randy Freeman has been living a barbershop dream. With no particular destination in mind, he has spent most of this year wandereing the country, visiting barbershop chapters and making new friends. 99 days 8,248 miles 33 choruses 19 hosts 11 states The idea germinated in my head in December of 2013 as the snow started falling in Indiana but the seed had been planted years earlie...
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Office Workers Who Sing Together Are Healthier

Newsweek reports that  Office Workers Who Sing Together Are Healthier: “Making music together stimulates one’s creativity and helps one’s self-confidence,” notes Mark Ford, director of knowledge management at Clifford Chance, a global law firm, which offers staff singing and piano lessons. “When you work long hours, it helps tremendously to take a break like this. You walk back to your desk refres...
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“Why Contemporary A Cappella Matters”

It's easy for us as Barbershoppers involved in outreach to beleive that bbs is the one, true, holy grail, and occasionally lose sight of the fact that everything that gets young people singing is good for them and for us. This post from the ACDA ChoralNet is a reminder that there are many, many fellow travellers preaching the same truth that we know: close-harmony, a cappella singing grabs singer...
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Chord-worship, Embellishments and Testosterone

British Barbershopper Liz Garnett writes about music from perspectives as both a barbershop singer/director/coach/judge, but also as an academic. She offers fascinating insights into the social dimension of barebrshop singing as expressed musically: I noticed an interesting variant on this pattern during the quartet contests at the BABS Convention a few weeks ago: hyper-embellishment as male-domin...
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Why do we get goose bumps when listening to music?

Everyone has felt chills up their spine when listening to a piece of music. Scientists have now unraveled a couple of theories behind why music has such an indisputable ability to trigger powerful emotions:Brains react to music like a drugA Team of Canadian researchers suggest that when we are moved by music, our brains behave as if reacting to delicious food, psychoactive drugs, or money. The p...
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