River Cities Jubilee Spreading The Love Through Song This Valentine’s Day
Flowers, candy, jewelry -- there are many things you can get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day. But if you're looking for something a little different, you might try a singing Valentine.
River Cities Jubilee, The Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, can help you out with that. Chapter Secretary Philip Maxfield says the orders have already started coming in for the upcoming holiday.
"We've already started taking orders online and quite a few phone calls," Maxfield says. "But the week of, that Monday, the phones start ringing off the hook and the orders start piling in. We'd love for folks to think more in advance, but we rock and roll with what we take and we enjoy it."
Maxfield says there are numerous quartets that go all over the Shreveport-Bossier metro area to deliver their customers' love messages. He says nothing really surprises the guys anymore.
"We've been to construction sites, where we had to wear hard hats to sing to a guy on a backhoe," he says. "We've done all sorts of weird stuff, worn scrubs in hospitals, done all those kind of things, just to make sure a delivery was done. We'll do almost anything to make sure a singing Valentine gets delivered."
One of the most interesting deliveries for the group last Valentine's Day turned into a marriage proposal. "One time we went to a call center to sing to a young lady in front of 300 people. It was quite the exciting moment for all of us," Maxfield says. "There's nothing like having 300 pairs of eyes on you while you're singing to a young lady who's trying to keep her cool. And he [the boyfriend] is trying to do his bit. It was quite exciting." By the way, the lady did say "yes."
So...what's it all cost? Maxfield says it depends on what all you want, and what time you want it. With your order, you get two songs for your sweetie, a card and a red silk rose. For more info and prices, visit the Shreveport Harmony website.
Listen to the sweet sounds of Barbershop Harmony here: