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April 1, 2009

Barbershop singing Whales

NPR's All Things Considered aired a few comments from listeners about a previously aired story regarding whale farming. Apparently, one of the "farmers," Mr. Summers, had been teaching the whales to sing in harmony. He says, "In achieving four-part harmony in whale song, I think we we have tied nature's most wondrous sound to a great barbershop tradition." A NPR listener, however, had this to say: "Having studied music at college, I want Mr. Summers to know that what he calls four-part harmony is not. Two of the whales are plainly singing the same note. That may be clever, but it's not barbershop." Well, Mr. Summers wasn't having any of that, and he replied, "It wasn't that the whales couldn't sing in harmony, they were just too busy expressing their individuality. They weren't so attached to the group." Listen here.

Posted by acapnews at April 1, 2009 12:26 AM


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