, Nov. 23). A genre he omitted that fits precisely into his “folk-song culture” definition is the should-be-better-known tradition of barbershop harmony. Love it or hate it (and there are very few between those extremes), barbershop, one of only two entirely native American musical art forms (jazz being the other), strives with incredible dedication in its quest to preserve its distinctive sound and style. As a singing lot, barbershoppers (most of whom have no formal musical training) work harder than any other vocal performers I can think of to produce pure harmonic ear candy, telling through song sincere, believable stories that help us escape back to a less complicated time, free from the interference and distraction of instrumentation. You like to sing? Find a barbershop group near you; it’s so easy and you already know how. Ladies welcome too! Need more encouragement? Barbershopping legend Danny Cuthbert was known to constantly remark that, “The time you spend singing is not counted toward your lifespan,” which apparently worked for him for 92 years, so live it up!