Barber Shop Quartets and Amazing Acappella

Call it procrastination but it was worth it for the fun and laughter.  I was editing the last chapter of my next novel, Running With the Enemy, when I added two words to a paragraph—”Barbershop Quartet”, and was curious to see what there was on YouTube.

Any excuse to escape the drudgery of editing and revisions.

“The ‘barbershop’ style of music is first associated with black southern quartets of the 1870s, such as The American Four and The Hamtown Students. The African influence is particularly notable in the improvisational nature of the harmonization, and the flexing of melody to produce harmonies in “swipes” and “snakes.” … The first written use of the word “barbershop” when referring to harmonizing came in 1910, with the publication of the song, “Play That Barbershop Chord”‹evidence that the term was in common parlance by that time.” Source: Acappella

Then of course, I was tempted to procrastinate longer and ended up discovering this incredible acappella group.

Wow! What else can I say? Amazing! This group is known as the Voca People if you have not seen them perform before. This was my first time so it might be yours too.

The Voca People are an Israel-based ensemble, and they claim to be aliens from another planet where the main method of communication is sounds. Their motto is “Life is music and music is life.”

ps – Even with the BSQ and Acappella procrastination, I still completed my writing goals for the day.  It just took me a few more hours to do it. Heck, as long as one is going to procrastinate, he might as well have fun doing it instead of feeling guilty because he isn’t writing, editing or revising.  In fact, I was writing–I wrote this post.

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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