July 13th is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day
Why I'm Making this page about Barbershop music appreciation day.
Why am I Making this page about Barber shop music appreciation day, when my favorite music genre is actually American folk music? Actually, I'm Making this page about Barber shop music appreciation day as part of Sally Celebration's "Silly July Celebrations Squidquest." At least that's what go me started, but on 2nd thought, I really don't think it's that silly. I mean why shouldn't we appreciate Barbershop music? It has the best harmony around except perhaps for that of some of those folk groups I love. I mean it really is beautiful, when you get right down to it, and yet it does seem to be one of the most ignored music genres aside from folk. And, after all, in a way, it really is a type of folk music, in that it certainly is a distinctive American genre, and some of the songs originally sung were folk songs among other types. Well enough of this--first, let's look at the holiday itself--it's start, purpose and history, and then we'll sample some of the music. And don't forget to vote in my polls before you leave and tell what you think of Barbershop music and also how you plan to celebrate the day--or not.
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The origin of Barbershop music
(info. gleaned from Wikipedia)
According to Wikipedia, the origin of Barbershop music is uncertain, and "The current models... are diverse and often contradictory with regard to categories such as race, gender, regional context, social environment, amateur or professional, impromptu or composed-arranged, and highbrow or lowbrow."
According to one model, "today's barbershop music is an invented tradition related to several musical features popular around 1900 including quartet singing and the use of the barbershop chord, but effectively created during the 1940s in the ranks of the Barbershop Harmony Society whilst creating a system of singing contests and its contest rules."
According to another popular model, During the late 1800's, barbershops in the United States often served as gathering places for men. African American men socialized there, harmonizing while waiting to get a haircut, singing "spirituals, folk songs and popular songs." This produced a new musical style... : unaccompanied, four-part, close-harmony...Read the Wikipedia article.
The development of the Barbershop style
Following the above model, The unique Barbershop style was later adopted by white minstrel groups. In the recording industry's early days, performances of this Barbershop music were recorded and sold.... The style was quite popular from 1900 to 1919 but gradually faded out in the 20s. Read the Wikipedia article.
Read more about Barbershop quartetts:
It's the first comprehensive and illustrated treatment of the subject of "barbershoppers."
Barbershop Photo GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
In case you haven't heard it take a listen:
So, if you never heard Barbershop music or haven't in so long you forgot what it sounds like, take a listen to the YouTube videos in the module marked "Take a Listen" below.
In case you haven't heard it, Take a listen:
Another great Barbershop album:
There are so many great Barbershop quartet albums available that it would be impossible to list them all here, but here (below) is one great one.
Opening Poll: What do you think of Barbershop music?
What do you think of Barbershop music?
Something unique and special:
I had the album listed below, and believe me, it sounded really great: The famous Bufalo Bills quartett accompanied on the banjo. The combination of Barbershop and banjo just fits somehow.
For more on the use of the banjo, check out this hub:
- Why I like the Banjo
I simply want to explain why I like to listen to the banjo, and to explore the several different types of music for which the banjo is known.
[info .from Coastliners.org (no longer available) and Wikipedia] "The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) was founded in 1938 in Kansas City, when Tulsan, ...Owen C. Cash met a fellow Tulsan, ...Rupert I. Hall there, [when] both were stranded [because] a storm closed the airport. [They met by chance] in a hotel lobby, [and] discovered their mutual love for vocal harmony, and [resentment of] the decline of 'barbershop music'.". Read the Wikipedia article.
The Sweet Adelines
The start of the "Sweet Adelines" and the origin of Barbershop Music Appreciation Day
[From Holiday Insights:]
On July 13, 1945, Edna Mae Anderson of Tulsa, Oklahoma invited some of the SPEBSQSA wives to her home to sing . "The ladies wanted to participate in the singing...and enjoyment." This was the start of the "Sweet Adelines". "The group later became Sweet Adelines International,... which now boasts over 300 choruses, and 15,000 singers "
Barbershop Music Appreciation Day was started in 2005 by Sweet Adelines International... to mark the 60th anniversary of their founding. Read the rest of the article.
A Sweet Adelines album:
Celebrate Barbershop music appreciation day:
. Perhaps you may have some old 78 singles or 33 1/3 albums of Barbershop music hidden away in that attic or basement. If so, get them out and dust them off. If not, seriously consider purchasing a Barbershop album or at least some songs on MP3s or iTunes (below). Or if you really feel energetic look up and join a Barbershop quartet or Sweet Adeline group. If you can't find one in your area, why not start your own?--all you need is 4 singers who sing different parts in close harmony and perhaps 4 striped vests (see below) or jackets and plastic hats.