Get­ting ready for Thurs­day with singing valen­tines

LISA DEN­TON / BARRY COURTER

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BARRY COURTER: Lisa, Thurs­day is Valen­tine’s Day, and you know what that means? It’s bar­ber­shop quar­tet time, and the Choo Choo Cho­rus will again be of­fer­ing singing valen­tines. They are tak­ing or­ders now if you want them to ser­e­nade your sweetie.

LISA DEN­TON: Hmmm, the “SpongeBob” theme sung a cap­pella for a 4-year-old? I guess it could work.

BARRY: Some­how people got the idea I didn’t care much for a cap­pella mu­sic last week from our col­umn.

LISA: Every­body knows it’s blue­grass mu­sic you don’t care for.

BARRY: Any­body get the num­ber of that bus?

LISA: Even if the mu­sic’s not your fa­vorite, you have to love the blue­grass motto: From the heart and through the nose.

BARRY: I’m open to all kinds of mu­sic.

LISA: You’ll re­call that bar­ber­shop quar­tets have sung here in the news­room a few times over the years. This year’s pack­ages in­clude a song ser­e­nade, red rose, card and box of choco­lates. They’re tak­ing reser­va­tions at 423-265-SING and chooch oo­cho­rus.org.

There’s ac­tu­ally a bunch of lovey-dovey stuff go­ing on through the week­end, so you don’t have to get all your ro­mance just one night.

BARRY: That’s right. Lo­cal singer Robin Grant has a new al­bum out and will be singing lots of stan­dards and jazz fa­vorites in ad­di­tion to new songs at Song­birds on Valen­tine’s night. Suzy Bog­guss re­turns there Fri­day. I talked with her last week, and she is ex­cited about her re­turn visit to the mu­seum. And our friend EG Kight, the “Ge­or­gia Song­bird,” is there Satur­day. That’s a nice mix of strong fe­male per­form­ers.

Also, Walk the Moon is at the Sig­nal on Satur­day.

LISA: Speak­ing of bud­dies, Bill Ha­ley says the Dixie Jew­els In­su­la­tor Club will have an an­tique in­su­la­tor swap meet Satur­day at Daisy United Methodist Church. In­su­la­tors are those color­ful glass and porce­lain forms that used to be seen on tele­graph, phone and power poles.

BARRY: I don’t re­mem­ber those, but I have very vivid mem­o­ries of the one phone in the house with the 400-yard coiled-up cord that reached al­most ev­ery­where.

LISA: Back in the day when every­body had a lan­d­line, I once told a caller that the rea­son it took me so long to answer the phone was be­cause I had to climb the pole — you know, “Green Acres” style. He thought I was se­ri­ous, it be­ing Soddy-Daisy and all.

And Ten­nessee Val­ley Theatre in Spring City is do­ing a sweet­heart din­ner with Matt Cordell on Fri­day night. He’ll be singing sev­eral styles of mu­sic, from coun­try to Queen, but it’s his Elvis that I like. You can’t go wrong with a hunka hunka “Burn­ing Love.”

And there’s even some pla­tonic events you can do, like the Tie the Knot rope class at Crab­tree Farms on Fri­day and Galen­tines Mi­mosas and DIY Lips With Waf­fles at Elea Blake Cos­met­ics. “Galen­tines” is not a typo; it means women are sup­posed to gather their gal pals to eat, drink and make lip­stick. That sounds weird as I write it, but it’s a thing.

BARRY: I pre­fer chicken with my waf­fles.

BRIAN ZIFF PHOTO

Rock band Walk the Moon will be at The Sig­nal on Satur­day.

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