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Made You Look


The lyrics to this fluffy yet sexy Meghan Trainor hit have been toned down a bit for younger singers; for example, “even with nothing on” is now “even with my blue jeans on.” Arranged for the delightful Cleveland Heights High School Women Barbershoppers, this tune would be great fun for young-at-heart women of all ages!

January 21, 2023


Hang On Sloopy


Originally called “My Girl Sloopy,” this tune reached No.26 on the charts for the Vibrations in 1964. The McCoys had a No.1 hit with it the next year. By one account, the inspiration for the song was Dorothy Sloop, a jazz singer from Steubenville, Ohio—also the birthplace of Dean Martin—and a student at Ohio University. […]

December 20, 2022


I Wish You Love


Songs don’t get much prettier than this tempo ballad. The arrangement is patterned after Natalie Cole’s rendition, so it is bittersweet—more sweet than bitter—and heartfelt rather than being just energetic, as some barbershop renditions are. Do yourself a favor and check out this lush gem!

December 6, 2022


Something


There are not many prettier or more heartfelt songs than this Beatles’ love ballad. While most of the group’s tunes were written by the duo of Lennon and McCartney, this song was penned by lead guitarist George Harrison. This arrangement is probably good for contest but could possibly incur a small penalty. Hey, it would […]

November 14, 2022


Aquarius


The biggest hit from the musical Hair, this powerful song offers us hope still today. By the way, my college girlfriend and I saw the Broadway production back in 1969. When the cast invited any interested audience members to dance the finale with them on stage, up we went. So, yes, I have danced on the […]

October 30, 2022


Stumbling


Not everyone is a great dancer. And truth to tell, some people are just no good at all. But even if you fall into the latter category, things can still turn out well for you. Have at look at and a listen to this clever song from the 1920s.

June 20, 2022


Once Upon a Long Time Ago


Written and performed by Jesse Goldberg, this nostalgic tune is sure to touch your audiences’ hearts. Riding bikes, playing games with friends, being loved by Mom and Dad, and just plain feeling safe—this song has it all, in surprisingly warm, non-sappy fashion. Do check this gem out for your quartet or chorus.

August 11, 2021


Instrument of Peace


Patterned after the inspirational version sung by the Canadian Tenors, this song is purely beautiful. One might think of it as being similar to “Let There Be Peace on Earth” but with more specifics included. Such lyrics as “Where there is darkness, let me bring light” and “Where there Is hatred, let me bring love” […]

June 25, 2021


Help!


Your quartet or chorus might want to, uh, help itself to this classic from the Beatles. The arrangement is partly lead solo and partly all-skate. So give it a shout, eh?

March 27, 2021


You Walk with Me


This beautiful tempo ballad comes from the Broadway musical version of The Full Monty. At first hearing, I assumed it was a religious piece. While “You Walk with Me” certainly can be sung that way, in the musical it is sung by two people who love each other. Do yourself a favor and look this […]

March 13, 2021


It Was Almost like a Song (tenor melody)


The King’s Singers sang this bittersweet song, which is available in both tenor- and bass-solo versions. This piece is purely lovely, “but it’s much too hard to write.” (Hmm, where have you read that before. . . .)

October 15, 2020


I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire


When well-known barbershopper Darryl Flinn first heard my current quartet, Lock 4, he remarked on what a fine voice our lead, Keith, had and declared him to be the lost Ink Spot. So naturally I went back and arranged Keith’s favorite Ink Spot song. The piece lives more vividly with guitar accompaniment, and there is […]


For Good (one soloist)


Though this song is usually set as a dialog between two people (see the next entry), the song can work just fine for one soloist. So if you are like many groups and have just one soloist with the medium range, this piece could be just the ticket for you.


Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy


Composed back in 1976 by Freddie Mercury, this tune is happy and seductive at the same time. You will be Queen for a Day if receive loving treatment this good.


Farmer and the Cowman, The


From the all-time great musical Oklahoma, this tune is rollicking fun. Somehow a song about folks who don’t see eye to eye trying to get along anyhow seems very fitting for the age we live in, so give this one a . . . ride.

October 14, 2020


I Believe in You


A beautiful, haunting piece, “I Believe in You” encourages a friend who is down and out to believe in herself or himself. The lyrics are mostly in English, partly in French. The format is solo with four-part background, with the final chord splitting into seven parts. Do check this wonderful song out for your chorus!


Here Comes Santa Claus


All four voice parts get a shot at the melody of this delightful holiday tune—yes, even the baritones! Written by the famous singing cowboy Gene Autry and the wonderfully named Oakley Haldeman, this song is sure to bring seasonal cheer to your audiences.


Learnin’ the Blues


These are not lessons we necessarily look for—if fact, we try hard to avoid them—but sooner or later, we all are taught about the blues. This song will surely connect you with everyone in your audiences. Plus which, it is a cool, cool tune.


I Like Beer (bass melody)


Tom T. Hall’s ode to the ethereal amber beverage is great fun. This whimsical tune is available as either a lead or bass solo.


Skylark (lead melody)


Hopeful songs of love don’t come any prettier than this. The lead sings the melody in the normal range in this version.

October 13, 2020


This Is All I Ask


Songs don’t come much prettier than this one. Do you want to take pleasure in all the beautiful things in life, large and small? I’ll bet you do, and so will your audiences. . . .

October 12, 2020


It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday


In 1991 this song was a big hit for Boyz II Men. Formed in 1988 in Philadelphia, this R&B vocal group recorded a whopping eight Top-10 tunes in just a little over four years. Do yourself, and your audiences, a favor and check out this beautiful, poignant song of lost love.


We’ll Meet Again


This lovely song of friendship says that although we are parting now, on some wonderful day our paths will cross. Its message applies any time, but in the year 2020 it seems even more poignant than usual.

October 10, 2020


When the Meadow Was Bloomin’


This lyrics to this haunting song were written by the great Johnny Mercer. Barry Manilow, who is no slouch himself, composed the music. The story is familiar—love was sweet as spring in April but turned cold by December—but this piece is something special. Partly a lead solo and partly all-skate, this is a tune you […]

September 21, 2020


What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?


This popular hit has a lot going for it. Sweet, gentle, flattering, wry—it is just plain fun to sing, and to listen to as well. Treat your seasonal audiences to this delightful tune!


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