December 2012
New MexiChords 2012 Christmas Season Shows

The New MexiChords took the stage for their Christmas shows just over a week into December.

The full chorus sang, as well as several quartets and a VLQs (Very Large Quartet), and our special guests the Eldorado Gold Rush.

Several quartets sang, including Rio Bravo and ABQ (A Barbershop Quartet)

as well as City Lites and Quartessence

Quartessence sang a Christmas song called "Diddley Squat". Its first laugh line was "But you ain't getting diddley squat 'cause you really messed up this year!"

(It was hard getting good pictures from where our photographer was sitting. The microphone stand — and the director — kept getting in the way. For these quartets, our photographer got better pictures of City Lites and Quartessence at the Valencia show [see below].)

At the Albuquerque show, there were also songs from the Harmonikats ("Sleigh Ride") and a VLQ (Very Large Quartet, singing "Little Drummer Boy").

Because of illness, these groups didn't sing on the Valencia show,

The New MexiChords sang, enjoying ourselves a lot (especially on the "Fa La La" take-off on "Deck the Halls" — from which, these shots come),

then the Eldorado Gold Rush sang (and man, do those kids sing great),

and then the two choruses sang together.

The following week, the New MexiChords sang as the guests of the UNM/Valencia chorus at the Third Annual Winter Show at the Valencia (County) Campus of the University of New Mexico. As in Albuquerque, there were few empty seats.

Our hosts sang first.

After we sang our set,

having a lot of fun as we did,
 
we sang together with them for the show's finale.

(Fortunately, we'd had a chance to actually practice with the Valencia chorus, though only for a few minutes, just before the show.

The New MexiChords also sang twice at the Albuquerque BioPark's River of Lights program. Sorry, but there are no pictures from that this year — it was too cold for our photographer.

If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music
 

October 2012
Rocky Mountain District 2012 Convention & Contest

The New MexiChords went to downtown Albuquerque this year for the annual convention and contest of the Barbershop Harmony Society's Rocky Mountain District. It was a little different for us this year, just driving in from our homes rather than being a group for the weekend.

As I have come to recognize as normal, there was a lot of preparation to be done. One piece was the on-stage walk-on. Each chorus gets a specified time — a specified SHORT time — so its members can at least get to see how to get on the stage, where to move to, and how the hall sounds — all shepherded by a group of excellent volunteer folks.

Of course, the walk-on doesn't look like the performance. That looked more like this.

We sang well, but "out of the money". The problem was, our warm-up was better than our performance. Guess we let our adrenalin get the better of us.

Two of our quartets were in the quartet competition. One was Rio Bravo.

. . . and the other was the Harmonikats.

There was also a quartet of members from our chorus and Los Alamos' Lads of Enchantment.

They sang well as always. (Now if we can just develop a few more quartets like them . . . .)

All in all, a lot of good singing. A lot of enjoyment. Now we've begun working toward next year's contest — in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music
 


August 2012
Keith Pederson, R.I.P

We recently lost a good friend, one of our own. He spent the last couple of years battling pancreatic cancer. We had thought he'd beat it — till it came back with a vengeance. He left a lovely wife and an excellent life.

Keith's barbershop (and other) friends gathered for a memorial. A lot of the memorial was dedicated to singing in Keith's honor. The New MexiChords sang.

Duke City Sound sang.

And the two choruses sang together.

Rest in peace, Keith. We lost you much too soon.


If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music
 

May 2012
New MexiChords 2012 Spring Show

It's an election year, so naturally everything is political — even our spring show!

Our presidential candidate is Henry K. Holiday ("Every day's a holiday with Henry K.!"), and he has decided to campaign the "old fashioned way — by whistlestop train." As his train stops in different towns along the way, he meets some interesting people.

Henry gets a question from a reporter from the NoName SmallTown Gazette Journal.

A voter explains to Henry about a problem he needs help with.

And — in good movie musical form — Henry K. Holiday has frequent encounters with song. For the chorus, of course, the main thing was singing the songs the script was built around. That included songs like We're Behind You All the Way and Lookin' at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses, as well as Over the Rainbow.

Of course, we had to do Happy Days Are Here Again. Can you tell we're having fun doing this?

Sorry, no pictures this time of the entire chorus, all at once.

In addition to the chorus, five different quartets sang as part of our scripted show. Here's how two of the quartets looked as they sang.

The Harmonikats sing Campaign Donation.
 
Amazing Greys sing It's Hard to be Humble.

This was a really fun show — fun for us to perform, and fun for our audiences to see.

And that's what makes the effort that went into the show's preparation all worth while.

To make our show even more incredible, we had as our guest quartet the 2008 International Champion Quartet O. C. Times. These guys are great! Their singing is fantastic, too! They gave an amazing performance for us and our audience that had everyone going wild. And they were very obviously enjoying themselves.

Winning the international competition is a really big thing! A quartet that wins, and becomes an International Champion Quartet, can never compete again. They get to sing and perform all over the world, but their days in competition are over.

Later, some members of our chorus got to sing with our fantastic guest quartet. These guys are likely to break into song anywhere, any time, with anyone.

Jerry Quintana sings Sold! with O. C. Times.
 
Levi Trujillo sings Sweet Adeline with our guests.

As you can see, barbershop singing — a cappella singing in four part harmony — is highly enjoyable. It's enjoyable for the quartets and the members of the chorus, and it's enjoyable for those who hear us sing. And that's what it's all about.


If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music
 

May 2012
Music Audition — Simplified

We are always trying to improve our processes. Here is our latest advance.

Received by e-mail from Bill Biffle.

If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music
 


January 2012
Barbershop Midwinter Convention
— in Tucson for January of 2012

And isn't this a great picture they used for the program? Now that is a quartet!

The convention included the International Seniors Quartet Competition and the International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival, both of which were really great! Excellent singing. We also heard the International Collegiate Quartet Champions, and the top several quartets from the International Quartet Championship last summer.

This was the fifth year of the International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival, and the collegiate quartet competition has now been an annual event for twenty years. That seems to mean more folks getting started earlier in barbershop singing — not when approaching retirement like with some of our folks.

For us, this year, the closest thing we had to a competition participant was at the Friday morning "Sing with the Seniors Champs" event, where our own George Franklin (left) sang with the outgoing Seniors Quartet champions "Over Easy".

If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music
 


December 2011
New MexiChords 2011 Christmas Season Events

The New MexiChords' Christmas show came in early December. The full chorus sang, as well as several quartets and two VLQs (Very Large Quartets).

As you can see from this picture, taken during the show, we had a lot of fun.

As our guests on this year's Christmas show, we hosted the El Dorado Concert Choir, from Albuquerque's El Dorado High School. Those kids sounded great!

Like other groups we've seen recently, this concert choir has been taught in the barbershop way — knowing the music and singing a cappella. It was a highlight for use singing with them in a joint finale.

About a week later, we were the guests, as we sang with the UNM-Valencia Campus on their show. More fun with more good singers.

To close out the season, the New MexiChords sang at the Albuquerque BioPark for two nights of their River of Lights program. It was chilly and parking is an issue there (and one of the two nights was wet), but it was fun for us and for those who heard us — and some of them sang with us, too!

If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music
 


October 2011
Rocky Mountain District 2011 Convention & Contest

The New MexiChords went up from Albuquerque to Colorado Springs for the annual convention and contest of the Barbershop Harmony Society's Rocky Mountain District. No champions this year, but all had fun and all sang well.

Five quartets from Albuquerque — three from the New MexiChords — were part of the quartet competition. They are shown here in the order in which they sang.

First to sing was Rio Bravo.

The second of our quartets to sing was After School.

After School was last year's District Senior Quartet Champion. But they didn't repeat.

Last to sing was Brass Rail.

We thought all three quartets sounded really good!

And then there was the chorus competition, with two Albuquerque groups singing. Besides the New MexiChords, the competition included our sibling chorus, the Duke City Sound.

One of our members went home ill, but the New Mexichords had 39 singers on the risers, plus the director. Here's how the chorus looked just after the curtain opened.

That's a little hard to see much detail on. For a little more detail (but on a smaller part of the group),
here's a shot of the central section of the chorus as we sang.

As I said, it was fun. And there was a lot of good singing. Now we'll be waiting for — and working toward — next year's contest. We're told it will be in Albuquerque.

If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music
 


May 2011
New MexiChords 2011 Spring Show

Our show was in May of 2011. It was a fun show to perform, and our audiences thought we did well, too. Part of our advertising was by posters and flyers like this.

The pictures below are from that show.

One of the songs was "Wells Fargo Wagon", performed as part of a medley of songs from 1962's The Music Man.

We really saw the wagon coming.

Some of the songs were introduced by our cast party's host, John Taylor. Others were linked with some fun dialog. Here, Carl Pennington notes his grandkids' Disney password was "Mickey Minnie Goofy Pluto" — because the rule was the password "had to be at least four characters."

A fun song to sing was "You've Got A Friend In Me", from the Toy Story movies beginning with Toy Story in 1995. In one key phrase, we're singing "stronger, too."

In addition to songs by the full chorus, we also had performances by quartets. Here, the quartet Freddie Mac and the 4 Closers stands in front of the chorus to sing "It Had To Be You", from the 1942 classic movie Casablanca.

In a closer view, you can actually see the quartet members in front of the chorus.

We also got to hear the 2010 Rocky Mountain District Senior Champion quartet After School — another quartet from our own chorus — singing "Lullaby In Ragtime" from 1959's The Five Pennies

Our show had a special guest quartet, as noted on our show flyer. Our guest quartet was the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2009 Far Western District Quartet Champions, The Edge.

Our audience really enjoyed their songs.

The Edge joined the New MexiChords for the show's finale, "God Bless America" from the 1943 movie This Is the Army.

If you enjoy this kind of singing, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music