I’m watching The Music Man (1964) and realized that I never really followed up about my brief foray into the world of barbershop harmony a few years back.

I went to 2 or 3 weekly rehearsals at the local-ish chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America and spend a fair amount of time practicing baritone parts in my car, and it was pretty neat. Lovely folks and a good vibe… but half the repertoire is modern stuff (The Elton John song from The Lion King, for example) and the main reason I was interested was the hackneyed old-timey stuff.

Also, there was an expectation of showing for performances at various local events etc. and that’s more of a commitment than I was looking for, for music I wasn’t into.

Still, I might reach out again at some point if I can establish up front that I’d like to participate but generally won’t show up to sing the star spangled banner at local ball games

Anyway, one thing I learned while reading the barbershop subreddit and other online discussions is that it is the considered opinion of people who Know Barbershop is that Meredith Wilson’s arrangements for the school board in The Music Man are rubbish

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