Barbershop Underground ends with lockdown, at BU 400

Type of post: Chorus news item
Sub-type: No sub-type
Posted By: John Braden
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sun, Jul 11 2021
Barbershop Underground has retired, at No.400, until the need should arise.

During the 14 months of 2020 and 2021 in which the Heart of America Chorus did not meet due to the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Barbershop Underground was created to provide a daily dose of Barbershop to homebound chapter members.

On the night of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Heart of America Chorus ceased in-person meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On that very night, Barbershop Underground began with the transmission of a YouTube video of the legendary Rural Route 4, singing "Richest Man in the World" reminding the COVID downtrodden of how rich they actually are. Every night thereafter there came another set of four-part voices singing in the darkness.

On April 22, 2021, HOA began meeting in person again. Two days later, Barbershop Underground went dark, finishing with Barbershop Underground No. 400 -- again appropriately, our own Rural Route 4, singing "Say Goodbye to the Old Apple Tree" and "My Life, My Love, My Song" -- and HOA singing "Auld Lang Syne."

Thank you to Jim Bagby, Dale Neuman, Joe Mathieu and many, many others for providing recordings, comments, advice and encouragement.

Keep the Whole World Singing.


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