On the last page of the January/February 2018 edition of The Harmonizer, is the following tag:
Close Your Eyes In Sleep
All By Myself Alone
To assist us all, in learning the Christmas Verse for the song Hallelujah, Paul Stuckless has offered the following recording of him singing the lead part of that particular verse. The other three parts can sing their part along with Paul, and our thanks go out to Paul for his talents and time involved.
Paul Stuckless was showing me that he had some interest in a tag that he had picked up on a cell phone app called Tag Master, and I thought that it might be worth presenting it to you guys and perhaps John Gough would have us sing it some night. It's called "If Happy Little Birds Fly", and it is simply the last few bars of the song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
What follows are the scrolling, video versions of all four parts, and below all that you will find a downloadable copy of the written music, if you wish to print it out for youself:
The tag is short and simple, but If you can get in here fast enough to listen to your part before going to practice, all the better for you.
A Cappella music is choral music performed with voice alone, without the use of any form of musical, accompanying instrument. A Cappella is an Italian term that means “in the manner of the church” or “in the manner of the chapel”, the church being where it originally came into existence. In the early years of the twentieth century, A Cappella earned its popularity with barbershop quartets. Even though the dawn of radio threatened to put barbershop quartets to rest, the barbershop revival in the 1930s kept the phenomenon growing, and today The Barbershop Harmony Society keeps the love of these popular A Cappella groups alive.
A Cappella singing has come a long way, with the sounds of instruments being added with the use of human voices, and to watch and listen to an A Cappella group performing, is now one very impressive and captivating experience that is being enjoyed by many, and is becoming very popular as more and more people are coming together in song, with the guidance of some very professional people, and we get to see and hear them through social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook.
The following is a YouTube video of a 100 voice, A Cappella, choral group known as Perpetuum Jazzile. They come from the country of Slovenia, and in the video they sing the song called "Africa" and it starts off with them creating the sounds of a thunder storm. It takes us miles and miles away from barbershop harmony, but ooooh is it nice to listen to.
To listen to more songs from this fantastic group click on the following link to their YouTube playlist. This list starts off with a repeat of "Africa", but you can easily move to the next song by selecting from the list on the right:
Perpetuum Jazzile Playlist
And then we have an A Cappella group called "Pentatonix" which consists of four men and a girl. This group made itself popular on a TV A Cappella group, competition show called "The Sing-Off". They won this competition in the show's third season in 2011 and in this video they perform a medley of Mickael Jackson songs.
To listen to more songs you can click on the following link to their YouTube Playlist, that starts off with their beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah":
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.
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.