The tag published in the July/August 2014 edition of The Harmonizer was called "I Love To Sing 'Em". This tag is described as being a memorable one written and arranged by the late Mac Huff Sr. who worked for the Society in the 70's. I found the music and audio recording of this tag to be available at http://www.barbershoptags.com and was able to post them here for you.
I heard John Gough's story of listening to a vintage recording of a barbershop quartet on a wind- up gramophone while he was touring the headquarter building of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Nashville, Tennessee. He mentioned that it started off with a piano playing the beginning few notes of the song before the quartet was left singing the song alone, and John mentioned that it was likely done that way because back in the time of that recording, the pitch pipe had not been invented and the piano was used to give the singers an on key start.
I became interested in finding out just when the pitch pipe had been invented and, as we do when we are interested in pretty much anything today in this technology advanced age, I Googled it and came up with the following link that takes you to a site page that contains the written history of the pitch pipe that is used by most barbershoppers today. Click on it and enjoy reading.
Our annual horseshoe pitch took place last night in Leigh Laughton's back yard and I would like to reiterate our thanks to Leigh for the use of his fabulous horseshoe pitching facilities and his efforts made to make sure we had enough hamburgers and sweet corn on hand for us to consume prior to getting physical in the pitching of horseshoes. Thanks go out also to Leigh's wife Phyllis for the delicious cupcakes she took the time to bake for us.
The pitch got off to a slow start, but before long, many of us, not all of us, started showing off their pitching abilities and the competition grew. It came down to the final match of Henry Wiersema teamed with Bill Galbraith against Jim McDougall teamed with Jim Thompson. The match was neck and neck throughout, with wringers being scored on both sides, but the Wiersema/ Galbrath team pulled ahead in the last few minutes to win it by only a few of points.
I posted about 30 pictures taken with my cell phone camera on a gallery page of this website. Hover your mouse over "The Members" and then over "Gallery", and then click on "Horseshoe Pitch 2014", or just click on the following link: Horseshoe Pitch 2014, and accept my apology for the poor quality of the pictures. The camera on my phone is not the best in capturing motion or when the lighting is poor.
In bars 53 and 54 of Its The Same Old Shillelagh I added pauses to the second last note of each bar, and in bar 28 of the tenor staff of I Asked the Lord, I changed the sharp to a natural. For those of you using the NWC Versions, you will have to re-download these files to your computer.
I replaced the Video and NWC files for the song Darkness on the Delta. The new files have been made to slow down during the second refrain similar to what we do when we perform this song. I also inserted a pause on the last note of the last two bars of this refrain. If you are using the NWC Files on your computer with the Noteworthy Composer Viewer, you will have to re-download this particular NWC file to bring it up to date.
In the first couple of bars for the tag of the song I'll Fly Away, there is a close knit set of pauses in the bass line. These pauses are so close together that I am unable to put them into the score using Noteworthy Composer. I might latter on, find out that there are other ways to create the necessary tempo changes through this section and I will try to put them in, but I still need to have a feel for just how John wants us to make this section sound before trying any thing.
The actual reason I am passing this on to you though, is to emphasize that I am limited in the amount of musical expression I can insert into the video learning tracks I have created for you, be they in the form of tempo changes or volume changes, and things like those squiggly lines in the tag sections of I'll Fly Away, that tell us to ramp up or down from one note to another; there is no way that Noteworthy Composer allows me to insert these.
So rely on the video learning tracks to help you learn only the notes. In some cases I have been able to put in expressions but these should serve only to remind you that, for example, there is some tempo changes it this part of the song that we need to learn, and then wait to learn exactly how to perform these tempo changes from John at our practice sessions.
For those Vocal Federation members who have taken the step into watching and listening to "NWC Version" files on their computers, I have made changes to these files for I'll Fly Away and for the long version of My Wild Irish Rose. To make use of the changes made you will have to re-download these two files. Simply click on the above highlighted song titles to be taken to the pages where these new files are available.
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.