Saturday, July 09, 2005

Kings of harmony

Congratulations to Realtime, the newly crowned world champions of barbershop quartet singing!

The youthful foursome from the Pacific Northwest outpaced the competition by a surprisingly wide margin at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Convention in Salt Lake City. Realtime finished seventh last year, and I frankly didn't expect to see them in the gold-medal position for another couple of years yet. But they took the stage with fire and polish in all three rounds of this week's contest, and led in the scoring from beginning to end. I was particularly impressed with their performance in Friday's semifinal round — a tasty set opened with a Rat Pack-inspired rendition of "Come Fly With Me" and concluded with a super-smooth "Birth of the Blues."

Kudos also to my California homeboys Metropolis and O.C. Times, who finished third and fifth respectively in the 50-quartet field. O.C. Times, four hotshots from SoCal, leapt from 18th place one year ago into the Top Five this week — an awesome achievement at this level of competition.

The Masters of Harmony, the perennial juggernaut from the greater Los Angeles area, won the International chorus title in typically dominant style.

My good friend and vocal coach Phil DeBar hosted the International webcasts with his customary aplomb throughout the week. Way to go, Phil!

1 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

Congrats to all. I used to be in choir and know the amount of dedication everyone puts into the music.

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