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Old 12-20-10, 07:31 PM   #1
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Bicycling Singers/musicians or Singing Bicyclers/musicians, anyone?

I know several of us are singers in a group, or solo, of one sort or another. Also, I would guess that there are several folks here who sing or whistle while bicycling.

So, how about you? Sing in a group?

Got a link so we can hear you or your group?

Sing while bicycling? What song(s)?

Are you a whistler?

Play an instrument? Solo or group? Links?

Tell us all.
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Old 12-20-10, 08:33 PM   #2
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I don't sing while cycling. I'm usually working too hard. But since you ask:
http://www.SouthernRail.com
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Old 12-20-10, 08:42 PM   #3
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http://www.southernrail.com/
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Old 12-20-10, 08:45 PM   #4
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I don't sing while cycling. I'm usually working too hard. But since you ask:
http://www.SouthernRail.com
Fixed the URL for ya. Ladies and Gents, they're worth a listen.
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Old 12-20-10, 08:56 PM   #5
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Really great and sharp!!

Here's my group, the XY Zingers - we will be together 5 years this March.

http://www.xyzingers.info

Who else?

BluesDawg??

Doctor J??

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Old 12-20-10, 09:54 PM   #6
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I don't sing while cycling. I'm usually working too hard. But since you ask:
http://www.SouthernRail.com
Good stuff. Looks like you have a lot of fun with it.
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Here's a link to a promotional video for the group I used to sing with, The Queensmen of Toronto.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-c0p1HMfkk
I only left because my work schedule simply was too difficult to work around. If that situation changes, I'll join back up with them.
I just went and checked the member's list, and I see they have me listed as on leave of absence, so I guess they would welcome me back.
http://queensmen.net/documents/index.htm
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Here's the site for our bunch, the Singing Men of Arkansas. http://www.singingmenofarkansas.org/listen.html

I sing 1st tenor in Singing Men and in our church choir.

In the photo on the YouTube link I am in the 2nd row, fourth from the left. The fellow on the extreme left hand side on the first row is the other (road) cyclist in the group, a 2nd tenor and a young guy, who can ride rings around me.

Southern Rail is outstanding!!!

We sing an arrangement of Sixteen Tons similar to that performed by the Queensmen, and I enjoyed listening to them as well.

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For 25 years I was an opera singer - Mozart (think I've sung every baritone & bass role in Figaro); lots of French repertoire; a fair amount of Verdi, and Puccini (esp. Madama Butterfly). When I retired I returned to cycling and have joined a small church ensemble singing polyphony and other good things. No YouTube clips as yet but maybe I should start pestering them to do a few.
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for 25 years i was an opera singer - mozart (think i've sung every baritone & bass role in figaro); lots of french repertoire; a fair amount of verdi, and puccini (esp. madama butterfly). When i retired i returned to cycling and have joined a small church ensemble singing polyphony and other good things. No youtube clips as yet but maybe i should start pestering them to do a few.
yes!!
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Old 12-20-10, 11:19 PM   #11
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I sometimes sing while riding or walking, but only when I'm pretty sure no one can hear it. (As a kid I apparently sang incessantly, and was always getting in trouble for doing it. I've never really gotten over that; I tend to freeze up if anyone listens.) Mostly I sing traditional folk songs from various countries, or stuff I make up myself.
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Had to get into Playing the Guitar for Ferne--The GD. Problem is that I am 30 years out of practice and it is a 12 string that cuts the fingers tremendously.

Not worthy of Transmitting to you lot but Just to show the duress I am learning with

[video=facebook;481088161666]http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=481088161666[/video]
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Facebook says this is a "secure video" and won't let me watch it.
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I sometimes whistle while I ride, if I'm going a slower pace that allows it.
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I'm a bass player and vocalist in several groups around North Alabama. Here's a link to my myspace page with a video from one band - "C.O.JONES": http://www.myspace.com/karlosblues
I'm currently playing some rockabilly upright bass with "The Devastators" as well as the blues stuff. Lots of fun but I'm on a learning curve on the upright again after a long hiatus!
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Wow! I love the chorale work, dr j and dan! Jim - I played bluegrass for many years and miss it terribly - love your harmony vocals and the entire band for that matter!
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Interesting thread. I'm a former professional musician with a master's in composition, but now I'm a 6th grade teacher. My gigging days are over I'm afraid. I still play guitar at home, piano at school, and lead the school choir. It's fun. I've always wished I could bring a guitar on tour, but never seriously enough to actually do it. Hmm. Maybe someone could organize a musician's bike tour - a travelling jam session. My, wouldn't that annoy the neighbors in campgrounds!
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I'm a bass player and vocalist in several groups around North Alabama. Here's a link to my myspace page with a video from one band - "C.O.JONES"
Ha-ha! My Dad taught me that nome de plume that he learned from his post-graduate Spanish teacher in the 1950s!

I too am a bass player, though I never tried playing & cycling simultaneously. I think you can hear some examples of my work on these sites:

http://www.myspace.com/loraxband
http://debris.rednotebook.org
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ejm/from/payplay
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/32753

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I play the Nyckelharpa though not while riding my bicycle. I do transport it with my Big Dummy though.
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I continue to be impressed by the varied and interesting talents and folks on this board. If I try to sing, someone usually smacks me - justifiably.
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For 25 years I was an opera singer - Mozart (think I've sung every baritone & bass role in Figaro); lots of French repertoire; a fair amount of Verdi, and Puccini (esp. Madama Butterfly).
Wow, impressive! And except for Cherubino (the mezzo-soprano "trouser" role), ALL the major guys in Figaro are baritones (or bassos)! (Well, there are a couple of tenors but the roles are so small you don't notice them..). And I just love the baritone Sharpless in Butterfly; the only guy in the opera with a conscience!

I've always thought opera and cycling really complement each other. One of my life ambitions is to see performances in all the world's great opera houses, riding my bicycle in the vicinity of each, or riding between opera houses. I've never felt like doing the singing, though. I leave that to the pros!

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I've always thought opera and cycling really complement each other.L.
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(Sorry for editing your quote) Not a bad idea, lhbernhardt! Sounds like a plan.
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Wow, impressive! And except for Cherubino (the mezzo-soprano "trouser" role), ALL the major guys in Figaro are baritones (or bassos)! (Well, there are a couple of tenors but the roles are so small you don't notice them..). And I just love the baritone Sharpless in Butterfly; the only guy in the opera with a conscience!

I've always thought opera and cycling really complement each other. One of my life ambitions is to see performances in all the world's great opera houses, riding my bicycle in the vicinity of each, or riding between opera houses. I've never felt like doing the singing, though. I leave that to the pros!

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If I recall, the great Italian bass Ezio Pinza was a bike racer who turned to opera. I don't know how good he was as a racer, but twas said he was there. I have a recording of Verdi's Requiem with him and Beniamino Gigli in some of the solo roles, and he was a phenomenal bass. I presume cycling did something for his breath control ...

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