Philology XIX


in barbershop four part harmony
the bass creates the foundation
the lead sings the melody
the tenor is the icing on the cake
and the baritone swirls around them
making wonderful music of it all

the baritone sings the oddball score
placed above the bass and below the tenor
filling in the note needed for each chord
with the result that what he sings
sung alone
sounds like anything but music

Affectionately called a “bari”
the brunt of jokes by the other three parts
baris are a breed distinct
rich of voice and sense of humour
musicians more than any other part
by necessity

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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