The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America in Tulsa, Ok formed on April 11th, 1938. Today, Barbershop Quartets are declining because of the changes in music over the years even though, in theory, Barbershop started rap. (Well kinda anyway) Barbershop Quartets are the band in music, no instruments are allowed. The talent required is high, higher than a rock band since each member of the quartet has to be able to stand on their own. It’s becoming a lost art anymore and that’s sad.
How to celebrate – Watch “The Music Man”. Go see a Barbershop Quartet show. Start your own Barbershop Quartet.
Dec. 20th – Go Caroling Day
Caroling probably came out of Wassailing, which came out of people traveling about in search of cider to warm themselves. Perhaps they were occasionally required to sing for their cider!?!
Anyway, Caroling became a part of the Christmas tradition, although recently it has tapered off considerably. (You could get arrested for trespassing) It’s still fun to think of those days when you could bring joy to someone’s life by standing outside their door and singing them a song.
How to celebrate – Go Caroling (Friends and relatives are your best target.) Go Wassailing! (Good luck finding cider) Have a Merry Christmas.
- If you want to brighten someones day, go caroling. Those who are home bound, retirement homes, hospitals… they are all targets for Caroler’s who want to make the world a little better at Christmas time.
Carols have been around since the beginning of the spoken word. By definition to carol is to sing, or dance, in praise. For Christianity this may have begun around 129 when a Roman Bishop introduced “Angel’s Hymn”. It wasn’t all that popular though as it was sung in Latin which most people did not understand.
In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi, in Italy, introduced the first Carols through “Nativity” plays and songs being performed in the native areas’ language (Italian in Italy, English in Great Britain, Spanish in Spain, etc, etc, etc). This way all the population could enjoy the Carols, not just those educated by the Catholic church.
It is the time of year to celebrate the “birth of Christ”, or for the non-believers, “life”. What better way to show your happiness, or share the joy, than by taking the gift of music to those around your neighborhood.
How to celebrate – Go caroling. Form a dance troop to perform with the carolers. Celebrate Christmas.