September 17th National Pet Bird Day

Over six million homes are filled with the joyful music pet birds bring into them. They are assisted by the Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition group which yes, their initials do spell out BEAK. Koalition is apparently a word used in Europe for alliance or unity. Do be prepared though in make a pet of a bird. They are fun and delightful to listen to but they do make a huge mess. And if they do talk, never teach them to say “Here kitty, kitty.”

How to celebrate – Check out all the birds you can make pets out of. Birds have been pets since the 4000 BC, your not getting a totally exotic pet. Make sure your bird has plenty to eat and clean water to drink.

April 11th Barbershop Quartet Day

Ever since I saw The Music Man I have loved barbershop quartets. I’m not sure they actually have anything to do with barber shops other than the general red and white poll type outfits most quartets wear. These good-natured vocal groups perform perfect 4 part harmony, normally featuring a great deal of humor taking us back to the roaring 20’s when apparently life was a lot more fun.

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No one knows for sure who started Barbershop Quartet Day but most think it has something to do with The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, whose home is in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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The harmonies in a barbershop quartet have gone on to be used in other forms of music – rock, jazz, Broadway… and while the quartet may not be as popular today as it use to be, we hear it’s roots over and over again in music today.

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While traditionally a male dominated field, women’s barbershop quartets have sprung up in recent years. They seem to follow the tradition of the barbershop quartet by adding their voices to it’s heritage. While generally filled by a bass, baritone, tenor and screaming tenor, the quartet can be any combination so long as a four-part harmony is observed.

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Visit nearly any theme park across America and you are likely to find a Barbershop Quartet performing somewhere. If you are lucky enough, you might even run into Jimmy Fallon performing with one at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida.

How to celebrate – Form a Barbershop Quartet of your own! Join an already existing Quartet. Watch The Music Man and listen to one of the most renouned Quartets ever, The Buffalo Bills.