December 2014
New MexiChords 2014 Christmas Shows

Our busy Christmas season began in early December when we joined the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus chorus for their 2014 holiday show. This was (I think) our fifth annual show with them at UNM/Valencia. It's an enjoyable place to sing — and it supports their scholarship program.

Another week later and we really got busy, with five performances in four days (Saturday thru Tuesday) just before Christmas Eve. Our primary performances covered the weekend, at St. John's United Methodist Church where we are an Ensemble in Residence; we got a few pictures at the Sunday matinee.

The chorus looked good and sounded good.

And we enjoyed performing the show, as you can see.

In addition to songs by the chorus, there were songs sung by seven quartets spread through the show. These quartets were Rio Bravo

        City Lites
       
                The Deliverymen
               
. . . and then the camera ran out of juice. (Guess it hadn't been properly and recently recharged.) As a result, there are no pictures to show you of singing quartets
ABQ
        Asynchronous Sound
                the Harmonikats
                        and Christmas Cheer.

Our guest on this show was Duke City Sound, the newer of the two men's barbershop choruses in Albuquerque. Excellent singers. A joy to hear.

Since we couldn't get any more pictures, this is a picture from the Duke City Sound web site.

And then we had the great joy of singing a couple of songs with our guests — one led by their director (Faris Collins), and the other led by ours (Jamie Arrington). We made a great sound together! Just wait for the next time we sing together so you can see for yourself.

And then, on the next two evenings, we sang for the River of Lights at the Albuquerque BioPark. People walked among the dazzling holiday light displays. And many stopped near the Garden Tent to listen to us sing.

Yes, it was as cold as it looks — but our audiences were enthusiastic and we had a lot of fun.

And here's how this looked from our perspective, in a cell phone picture taken by one of our singers in the back row.

Yes, we'll do it all again next year. It's too much fun not to.


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 2014
New MexiChords 2014 Spring Show

This year, our chorus was visited by Dr Isa Fraud ("That's Frah-ood! It's German."). He is a specialist who was brought in to help our chorus members in their dealings with girls using his FONY (For Once, Not Years) therapy process. A number of members approached him for advice. Here, one of them gets Dr Isa Fraud's answer to his question.

Some of the questions — or was it just issues — came from members of our quartets. The problems ranged from love at first sight to frog kissin'. But as you can see, they (like the chorus) looked pretty good raising their issues. They sounded good, too.

ABQ

Deliverymen

Rio Bravo

Harmonikats

Extreme Pickup

Uptown Sound

Overall, Dr Fraud's answers didn't make a lot of sense. They weren't very helpful. But at least each seemed to have a good song to go with it. We all appreciated those.

So did he, enough that he changed his therapy process to SOFONY — So Fony — for Sing Out-loud For Once Not Years. And then Dr Isa Fraud declared himself successful, brought in some lovely ladies for us to sing with, and left for his dinner date with his wife Pearl.

Our show had a special appearance before our guest quartet was introduced. The ladies of On Q, the Albuquerque young women's barbershop chorus, stayed around for to sing several songs for us.

Our special guest quartet Main Street brought great singing, bad jokes, and a bit of soft shoe to our stage. They raised everyone's spirits, part of the time with their hats on

and part of it with their hats off, but all of it with an over-supply of charm and wit.

Fun for them, and fun for us.

Not long after singing on our show, Main Street competed at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Convention and Contest, where they were judged the third best quartet in the world.

And then we all got to sing together. That was the best possible way to finish a most enjoyable show, and we made a great sound!

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
 

December 2013
New MexiChords 2013 Christmas Show

The chorus was in a fine voice for the 2013 Christmas show. I think we looked pretty good, too.

Most of the songs on the program were by the chorus, but we did have a number of quartet songs. Some of the quartets on the show are shown here.

Deliverymen

Rio Bravo

Harmonikats

Sir Round Sound

Our guest on this show was Route 66 Sound, the newer of the two women's barbershop choruses in Albuquerque. Excellent singers making a good barbershop sound, and yet different from that of the men's choruses. A joy to hear.

And then we had the great joy of singing a couple of songs with our guests — one led by their director, and the other led by ours. We made a great sound together!

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 2013
New MexiChords 2013 Spring Show

Celebrate harmony! That's what we're spending this whole year doing. It's a natural thing for the 75th anniversary of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.), also known as the Barbershop Harmony Society. It was also a natural theme for our spring show!

Our show told the history of the Society, and featured songs from every period of its life. Pictures of the champion quartets that sang our selected songs were shown, along with other appropriate images.

The show worked really well. The audience enjoyed it, and it was a good show for our chorus.

And we enjoyed doing the show — can you tell?
 

In the middle of the show, the projected images were pictures from The Music Man. Our guests interrupted our show at that point to delight the audience with their version of "Lida Rose".
         
(It's really worthwhile to go see their "Lida Rose" performance on YouTube.)

Our show also featured several quartets from within our chorus. I think they all looked and sounded good, but you can judge for yourself.

City Lites

ABQ

Amazing Greys

Deliverymen

Rio Bravo

Harmonikats

Yes, to make our show really incredible, we had as our guest quartet the 2010 International Champion Quartet StormFront. 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.

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