And then there were four

It’s been slow posting lately. The new job, while going well, has required a lot of time in the evening so I can be properly prepared when I head out on calls. But things have settled a bit and allowed me to get back to an old hobby that I’ve dearly missed the last few years, singing a cappella music–specifically, barbershop.

I’ve joined the Coles County Chorus, a group that’s part of the Barbershop Harmony Society. I’ve been a member most of my adult life; I joined the Elgin Minutemen of Harmony when I was a high school junior in 1979–back when it was still the SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet in America).

Now I’m about to embark on a fun ride with a new quartet. Two rehearsals and we’ve already got a sound that is very exciting. I don’t know what it is, but the sound of four voices locking a chord can give me goosebumps, especially when those chords flow one into another to create music and not just pretty sounds.

I think this foursome is going to make some music.

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