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I received by email, a newsletter from Sing Canada. In that newsletter, was a segment of writing that contained a link by which you could download some music and a learning track for a song called "My Mom". If my Mom were alive today and a barbershop quartet could sing this song to her, tears in her eyes would be guaranteed.
I downloaded the music and the mp3 learning track, and posted them for your use below, and I copied the part of the Sing Canada newsletter that tells us that this song is being offered as a gift, to all barbershoppers across Canada.
Listen to and enjoy the song using the audio player below, and download and print out the music if you wish, by clicking on the "Download File" to the right, and maybe we could consider learning it.
Mother's Day May 14, 2017
Downloadable Mother's Day Song - chart and MP3 recording
Canadian men and women Barbershoppers have received a gift from composer, Stephen Rafe, and arranger Bart Van de Mark. The composer, and the arranger have waived all fees related to their song, "My Mom."
Stephen Rafe is a colleague and friend of JR Digger MacDougall, founder of Sing Canada Harmony. Dr. Rafe was the 1st chair appointed to head the International Leadership Task Force of the SPEBSQSA (Now Barbershop Harmony Society), on which Digger served as vice chair for 7 years.
Dr. Rafe and Bart Mark wrote and arranged the song, "My Mom." with the intention of allowing Barbershoppers to perform the song on or before Mother's Day, along the lines of Singing Valentines.
Just as Barbershoppers from all over Canada, share the proceeds of their Singing Valentines performances, Sing Canada Harmony recommends that quartets and choruses performing “My Mom”, consider a tribute donation to Sing Canada Harmony. Please donate at www.SingCanadaHarmony.ca/donate to honour and thank Stephen and Bart for their generosity in sharing this moving song.
Sing Canada Harmony extends gracious thanks to Dr. Stephen Rafe and Bart Van de Mark for their gift to Barbershoppers.
Ontario's Maple Leaf Chord Company Competes at the International Seniors Festival at the 2017 Midwinter Convention in San Antonio Texas
We can be proud, as we watch the following two videos and see the singing faces of Frank Knoll, Orval Allen, Jim McDougall, Ron Smith, and John Gough. I can recognize Wood Hustler and Bruce Green and you guys can probably recognize a few more. Click on the following, highlighted link to view the:
Seniors Chorus Rankings.
As you can see in the rankings, our Ontario's Seniors Chorus got the same rating as Vocal Seniority, but I think Vocal Seniority took first place because of some other technicality. Enjoy the videos.
It went off well in spite of the fact that a number of members were absent due to illness. Out of eleven of the original quartets set up by Jim McDougall, seven were still able to get up a compete. Our thanks go out to Jim for his dedication in giving us all the opportunity to sing in a quartet and our thanks go out to Resolution for being there to act as judges and to entertain us as well. Finally, our congratulations go out to Ron, Jim, Paul and Rosswell, for coming together and performing as a quartet called Devil and Three, and walking away with the trophy. It's what barbershopping is all about.
The second place winners for the night, was a quartet called Out Of The Dark, consisting of Ron Madill (Tenor), Paul Stuckless (Lead), Reuben Bloemendal (Bass), and John Gough (Baritone). The same four guys, singing the same , individual parts, formed a second quartet called Don't You Forget, and they achieved third place.
What follows are the videos I took that night. Enjoy:
Resolution at Craby Joe's
On Wednesday night we tried learning the tag for the song called "Dear Old Girl". All four parts were somewhat difficult, to the point where we didn't get a chance to hear what many of the chords in that tag sounded like, so I put it on the computer and let the computer play for us the chords. I am trying out a new piece of software that takes a video of my computer screen as the tag is being played so you may see and hear some differences from previous videos I have made. Also, for fun, I tried using the sound of brass instruments rather than the piano sound. Enjoy:
In the dropdown, list of pages under "The Federation" in the above, navigation bar, you will find a new entry entitled "From the Press". Click on it and it will take you to a new page. The reason for this new page is to give me a place to post articles written about us in local newspapers and periodicals, such as the one that is there now, written by Aileen House of the Middlesex Banner. go there, read it and enjoy.
I just had to hear what this tag sounded like, so I might as well let you listen to it too. It comes from the May/June 2016 edition of The Harmonizer.
My name is Doug Morley and I am a retired, paper mill worker from Kapuskasing in Northern Ontario. I am pleased to be a member of the Strathroy Vocal Federation and the Webmaster of their website.