baritime

Take apart a barbershop chord:
hear those singers croon and moan;
craft the harmonies we adore:
Lead, Tenor, Bass and Baritone.

Lead is the singer who sings the tune
sweetly, gently long and true

Tenor is the one who adds the sparkle:
right at the top where the birdies warble.

Bass is the basis for the masculine sound:
plants his feet on solid ground.

Then we come to the Baritone:
Bari notes can make you feel stoned.

Let me explain before you get mad:
Baris get the notes the other guys need.
Baritone notes are kind of sad:
the Bari part sounds like a crow on weed.

Barbershoppers tell an old joke:
it’s about Baris and it goes like this:
if you sing Bari there’s something broke;
garbage notes are a Bari’s bliss.

Yes, I sing Bari, and I have found
bari is the part that makes the rest ring
when you sing Bari you hear the sound
from the heart of the chords—it’s how we sing!

Take apart a barbershop chord:
hear those singers croon and moan;
craft the harmonies we adore:
Lead, Tenor, Bass and Baritone.

The voice of the poet

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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: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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2 Responses to baritime

  1. Kathleen Hay says:

    Really enjoyed this one, Doug! 😀

    • riverwriter says:

      Thanks, Kathleen. I have a section I want to put in about a Bari needing a sense of humour, but I want to talk to the rest of Acapellics Anonymous before I make changes. We meet tomorrow night. So, I may have some revisions to post in a day or two. Another reason for redrafting is the rough rhythm (and rhyme) in a couple of spots.

      Thanks for dropping by. 😉

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