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#121322 - 01/26/04 02:31 PM Choir truths  
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Top Ten Reasons for Being a Tenor

10) Tenors get high -- without drugs.

9) Name a musical where the bass got the girl.

8) You can show the sopranos how it SHOULD be sung.

7) Did you ever hear of anyone paying $1000 for a ticket to see The Three Basses?

6) Who needs brains when you've got resonance?

5) Tenors never have to waste time looking through the self-improvement section of the bookstore.

4) You get to sing along with John Denver singing High Calypso.

3) When you get really good at falsetto, you can make tons of money doing voice-overs for cartoon characters.

2) Gregorian chant was practically invented for tenors. Nobody invented a genre for basses.

1) You can entertain your friends by impersonating Julia Child.


Top Ten Reasons for Being a Bass

10) You don't have to tighten your shorts to reach your note.

9) You don't have to worry about a woman stealing your job.

8) Or a pre-adolescent boy.

7) Action heroes are always basses. That is -- if they ever sang, they would sing bass.

6) You get great memorable lyrics like bop, bop, bop, bop.
(boong ching.... boong chi-ching)

5) If the singing job doesn't work out, there's always broadcasting.

4) You never need to learn to read the treble clef.

3) If you get a cold, so what.

2) For fun, you can sing at the bottom of your range and fool people into thinking there's an earthquake.

1) If you belch while you're singing, the audience just thinks it's part of the score.



Top Ten Reasons for Being a Soprano

10) The rest of the choir exists just to make you look good.

9) You can entertain your friends by breaking their wine glasses.

8) Can you name an opera where an alto got the man?

7) When sopranos want to sing in the shower, they know the tune.

6) It's not like you are ever going to sing the alto part by accident.

5) Great costumes -- like the hat with the horns on it.

4) How many world famous altos can you name?

3) When the fat lady sings, she's usually singing soprano.

2) When you get tired of singing the tune, you can sing the descant.

1) You can sing along with Michael Jackson.



Top Ten Reasons for Being an Alto

10) You get really good at singing E flat.

9) You get to sing the same note for 12 consecutive measures.

8) You don't really need to warm up to sing 12 consecutive bars of E flat.

7) If the choir really sucks, it's unlikely the altos will be blamed.

6) You have lots of time to chat during soprano solos.

5) You get to pretend that you are better than the sopranos, because everybody knows that women only sing soprano so they don't have to learn to read music.

4) You can sometimes find part time work singing tenor.

3) Altos get all the great intervals.

2) When the sopranos are holding some outrageously high note at the end of an anthem, the altos always get the last words.

1) When the altos miss a note, nobody gets hurt.

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#121323 - 01/26/04 02:40 PM Re: Choir truths  
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I am still laughing! These are great! I'd seen some of them, but hadn't remembered reading the bass or alto ones at all. I laughed heartily about:

6) You get great memorable lyrics like bop, bop, bop, bop.
(boong ching.... boong chi-ching)


It reminded me of my daughter Loftan's early youth orchestra days in which she complained that all the viola had to do was play the offbeat, which she said she was an expert in performing.











#121324 - 01/26/04 03:05 PM Re: Choir truths  
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#121325 - 01/26/04 03:40 PM Re: Choir truths  
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6) It's not like you are ever going to sing the alto part by accident.

I'd make a *bad soprano...



#121326 - 01/26/04 04:46 PM Re: Choir truths  
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These are GREAT! I've sent them off to a couple of choir buddies. I think the bass ones are the funniest.
3) If you get a cold, so what.


2) For fun, you can sing at the bottom of your range and fool people into thinking there's an earthquake.
We've had a couple who could do that!


#121327 - 01/26/04 07:49 PM Re: Choir truths  
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I'm still laughing at them, too... I know they don't have anything to do with words as such, but since so many of us are/have been involved in musical performances I figgered the chuckle was worth posting.

Sincerely,
She who can scat all around that E flat


#121328 - 01/27/04 01:24 AM Re: Earworm alert!!  
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"who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop,
who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong,
who was that man
I'd like to shake his hand.
He made my baby fall in love with me."
[lindy-spin-tuck-turn-e]



#121329 - 01/27/04 10:38 PM Re: Choir truths  
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In reply to:

9) Name a musical where the bass got the girl.


Well, the closest I can come is to suggest South Pacific. Emil is a baritone, I think.


#121330 - 01/28/04 01:13 AM Re: Choir truths  
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Papageno gets Papagena in the Magic Flute and he's a baritone. Figaro's a bass/baritone in the Marriage of Figaro. Porgy (a baritone) gets Bess at least for a while.


#121331 - 01/29/04 11:03 PM Re: Choir truths  
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> Papageno gets Papagena in the Magic Flute and he's a baritone

and gets that wonderful duet that is anything but basic...!



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