PHOTO: The Men of Harmony perform their a cappella barbershop tunes at Spring Hill Public Library on Saturday.
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The a cappella group Men of Harmony performed at the Spring Hill Public Library on Saturday to great cheer and applause.
Men of Harmony is an all-male a cappella barbershop chorus group that was started in 2004 and performs all over the Middle-Tennessee area.
“These guys, They come together for fun, friendship, fraternity and the music,” said Bryan Patrick, music director for the Men of Harmony. “We’re not trying to be a perfect chorus, we just love music. And these guys, they buy into the mission that if you work to make the music good, you work hard, the fruits and rewards are fantastic – and these guys put in great work.”
Songs performed by the group included Georgia on my Mind, the entirety of the Armed Forces Melody, and a parody of the 1963 song, Blue Bayou, titled Blew by You – the latter describing a man who lost his hair piece to the wind.
The Men of Harmony rehearse from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Echo Hills Church of Christ in Goodlettsville, and welcome anyone interested to attend.
Patrick says while the Men of Harmony perform at all kinds of different venues, the majority of their performances are for an often “overlooked” segment of the population.
“We’re not in it for us, so that’s why we call it our ministry,” Patrick said. “We bring this type of music to anyone that wants it. The things that we do the most is singing in nursing homes and senior centers and things like that. That’s where our heart is – bringing that to those people that tend to get overlooked. To see their faces, and to see that reaction to them – that’s worth it. It makes everything that we do throughout the year, and what we’ve been doing for the last 12 years, worth it.”
Bob Cole is both a member of the Men of Harmony and his own separate group named the GTO Quartet. Cole said that both groups have “a unique sound,” and that “it’s not your typical harmonies that you hear in church.” The GTO Quartet performed one song during the show, with all four members donning leather jackets.
This event was just one of many planned for the entirety of the summer by the Spring Hill Public Library. Those interested in detailed schedule information can read more at the library website.
The Men of Harmony is open to to those who would like to join, and encourage those interested to contact the group via their Facebook page. Those interested may also contact the group through their website.