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Given the forthcoming October show and the ambitious number of songs being considered, the Music Team decided it is appropriate to spend more time focusing on the show songs. That means we'll be doing even more singing each week. Ever hear a Barbershopper say "I'm singing too much in a chapter meeting?" I haven't either

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Hello May Lou from the BPC II book is the new song for May. A quick check shows the "old" arrangement some of you learned was not changed when included in the new BPC II book. We read through it on 4/26 just for the experience, and that revealed that a lot of us didn't remember the song as good as we thought we did It's interesting how songs will morph in our memories over time if we don't review the arrangement periodically. It's happens because we are human beings. The corrective action is to review the arrangement occasionally so we don't forget it.

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Something for us to consider:
"There’s actually a whole pile of evidence that music can improve quality of life and reduce stress, and that these benefits have real, measurable effects on physical health (reducing blood pressure, improving symptoms of dementia, improving survival after a heart attack). And there’s also solid evidence that music does help make workouts feel more like 'fun' and less like 'work.' ~ Paleo Leap"

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We have a special surprise presentation this week after the break, a different musical something for you.

Our Fall Show date is tentatively October 1, 2016, two weeks after the Northern California Youth Harmony Camp in Sly Park, and two weeks before the FWD Fall Convention and Contests in Riverside, CA. CCC is expected to confirm the date for use of their sanctuary before our meeting this Tuesday. Our last show in the sanctuary worked very well for both the performers and the audience.

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” ― Mark Twain

Sacramento Basic Singing Technique is being initiated this rehearsal with the first of six sessions at the interval of one each month on the second Tuesday. This in alignment with the Mark Twain quote above. It's wonderful that we've had wise people in the past to guide us.

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Tuesday night went well. There were several guests which included 2 former Barbershoppers that came and stayed the evening. Both indicated they enjoyed the evening. One even commented that we sure did a lot of singing, which confirms the Sacramento motto "Where Singing Happens". Nice! I say it was a good 5th Tuesday.

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March 29 is a 5th Tuesday and it was decided to make it a GUEST NIGHT in case you are not aware. That means it is suggested that everybody bring a guest. It also means it is a GOLD chapter shirt night - with names tags, of course.

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The "Woodshedding" period was interesting Tuesday night. It demonstrated that we hear a lot more than we give ourselves credit for. I mentioned a woodshedding event at Harmony University with Paul Olguin using the Oscar Mayer Weiner song. As promised, here is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUW_Y8Eei-8

Here is another link with Paul that is somewhat more technical:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Puqof-T3Mo8

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FYI: March 17-20, 2016 is the FWD Spring Convention, International Quartet Preliminary Contest, and combined SW/SE Quartet and Chorus Contests in Las Vegas, NV. The FWD Board of Directors meeting is Thursday afternoon, the House of Delegates meeting is Friday afternoon, the Quartet Contests Friday evening, the Chorus Contests Saturday morning, the High School Quartet Contest Saturday mid-day, the International Prelim Quartet Finals Contest and the Show of Champions Saturday evening. A full schedule, eh?

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I am so blessed to have Barbershop friends, and singing Barbershop is one of the best ways I know to disengage my thinking from the cares of the world. Tuning that next chord with my Barbershop friends requires all my attention and there's no room left over for problems or politics [those terms may be synonymous] Just think, we men are able to express love in public, e.g., Singing Valentines, and be applauded for it. Ladies will even choke up and cry because of our Barbershop singing of love. That's quite special to everybody involved.

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I've Been Workin' On The Railroad is the song for March, page 44 of the Barberpole Cat Songbook Vol II.  If you learn it quickly, you may be able to find 3 other parts at the April 2 NE/NW Division Contest in Castro Valley to sing it with <smile>  You can also do that with the other PoleCats you've learned.  That's called enjoying ourselves at Conventions and Contests.

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It was good to hear some of the Singing Valentines Quartets last Tuesday sing and recount one significant event. There are so many heartfelt moments that happen that it's hard to tell all the stories in a short period of time - that's why we constrain the storytelling to one experience. Jim Henry would call those "Gold Medal Moments", because of the impact to the lives of the people the SV Quartets sang for.

The chapter meeting agenda for the 23rd includes time for the remaining SV Quartets to reprise their performances and also tell their most significant story.

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Good meeting with good Barbershop singing. I heard some excellent chords and a few of those were never heard before in those songs the way you sang them Tuesday night I love the chords that result when correct notes are sung - I am insatiable - I want more and more chords that sound that good - I never get enough good chords.

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Lida Rose and Sentimental Journey are added to the first half to refresh our memories and give the newer members the experience of singing them in the chorus. Be sure to lend some extra support to those next to you who aren't up to speed yet.

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Do you recognize that Tenors are in high demand in Barbershop? Do you want to loved and revered forever in the Barbershop world? Did you know that some of the best Tenors in Barbershop history are actually Basses that sing Tenor in their falsetto voice? Are you aware that Don Barnick was the Tenor of the 1979 Int'l Champ Quartet Grandma's Boys, and the Bass of the 1992 Int'l Champ Quartet Keepsake? Other parts can do it too. Do you recognize that Sacramento needs Tenors? If you'd like to "check out whether you can sing Tenor", let's talk.

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