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Copyright: Giving members more music and more options

In reply to an earlier post on this blog, Tom Goldie shared some interesting suggestions regarding copyright laws and how the Society had get music into members' hands more easily. With his permission, quoted below are Tom's ideas (in quotes) and responses from Julie Grower, who manages the Music Library and Licensing for the Society. Tom brings up some interesting possibilities. What do you th...
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What did we once do that we should have never stopped?

As opposed to "What did we start doing that we never should have started?" This one's for the old-timers, or at least the historically enlightened. It's the promised follow-up to my last post, "System reboot: If we'd started the Society today, what would be different?" (In retrospect, maybe today's post should have come first.) In either case, I'm hoping for some insightful answers and discussi...
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System reboot: If we’d started the Society today, what would be different?

Here’s something for all you snowed-in barbershoppers to chew on: How would we have structured things if 30,000 barbershop singers had somehow gotten together just today to form a singing Society? How would we be structured? What would we do that we don’t do now? What would we modify or drop that we are doing? On balance, we’re far too critical of ourselves as barbershoppers. We’re so intimately ...
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Up with reality, down with pessimism–the realist’s case for optimism

God bless the realists, the folks who tell it like it is—who call a spade a spade, who never stick their head in the sand, and who know they aren’t doing anyone any favors in varnishing the truth. The Barbershop Harmony Society needs all the reality it can get. If the preceeding words describe you, this post isn’t directed at you. On second thought, this post may be ESPECIALLY for you. What I ...
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Commander’s Intent part 2 – making sure chapters are strong on the fundamentals

"Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist, but football is only two things - blocking and tackling." -- Vince Lombardi, ESPN's Coach of the Century Thanks everyone who responded to our Commanders Intent post last month. We discussed how an army commander ensures his forces cannot lose sight of the core objective and then we asked you to fill in the blank, "If a chapter does ...
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The Hallmark 7th Chord: A proposed Music Category change

Thanks for visiting the blog concerning the 33% criterion.  The position paper mentioned on page 24-25 of the July/August 2009 edition of  The Harmonizer is here: 7th Chord Position Paper. A copy of the article in The Harmonizer is here: The Hallmark 7th Chord. Although this is not technically a change to the definition of the barbershop style, this criterion has been used for almost 40 years i...
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Orders for victory! “If our chapters do nothing else, they must ____?”

This is a VERY important post—so important that staff will be meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to discuss your replies. It's a little long, but worth it. If you can fill in the above blank without hesitation, you probably misunderstood the question. Read on, your answer will require some pondering. Your answers could also help focus staff, Society, district and chapter efforts for years to come. ...
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A Renaissance

Like of lot of you, I've just come off back to back barbershop barnburners - the International Convention in Anaheim and Harmony University. And I'm overwhelmed at the number of young people who were at both! All over Anaheim, kids were singing, riding busses, skipping over cracks in the sidewalk, jamming with their Ipods, and doing all the things that good kids do. The energy in the hotels, at th...
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Music we hear in contests

I have been musing about the variety of music we hear on the International stage and how much of it is, well, not so good. I don't mean it's not performed well - of course it's performed well, these are the best practitioners of our style in the world! I mean it's not all the very best music. Seems that, in an effort to do something unique, many of our competitors find some obscure song no one's d...
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Media Gumbo – Click these tasty links to barbershop news on the Net

Check out these links: Jim Henry, director of 2009 International Chorus Champs the Ambassadors of Harmony, got interviewed on a morning TV news program about the recent championship. Vocal Spectrum also did a number of commercial cut-ins and cut-outs for the show (no Vocal Spectrum video available) A great feature on choir singing that includes Great Northern Union, on Minnesota Public Radio....
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