In the past few months, our chorus has experienced the loss of loved ones. Not all were members of the chapter, but they were significant in the lives of many of us. We’re not alone in these occurrences, because it is the interest at a generational level that encourages us to belong to a group that sings barbershop harmony.
Sorrow is somewhat alleviated, and joy is made even greater, by singing. It doesn’t even matter if you can sing well. I can’t. The best I can manage is singing in tune. Most of the time. Not being heard is one of my main goals in our weekly rehearsals. I’m a master at voice camouflage, perfecting a stunning combination of volume and head tilt… well, not always. Group singers are said to experience the same benefits even when the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality. It’s arguable whether my vocal instrument even reaches that level, but I’m happy to reap the benefits nonetheless.
When I’m surrounded by my fellow chorus guys, all the different sounds we make combine to leave me thrumming in harmony, lit up like a firefly flashing in synchrony by whatever piece is currently racing through our brains, bodies, and hearts. That, alone, enhances my life. And that constitutes fun.
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