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Barbershop quartets to deliver messages of love with song
Sweet Tea, the Hall County contingent of the North Georgia Barbershop Singers, will deliver roses and love songs across the county Friday.

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Sometimes the only way to tell your sweetheart how you truly feel about him or her is with a song. Unfortunately, most people aren’t able to share a beautiful sentiment with their own voices.

Not to worry, local barbershop quartets are on hand to help tuneless lovers express themselves this Valentine’s Day.

Several quartets with the Cumming-based North Georgia Barbershop Singers will deliver roses and love notes in four-part harmony to offices and homes throughout Hall County and neighboring areas.

Duane Hunter, singing Valentine coordinator, said the group spends nearly 50 hours perfecting each song in its repertoire. The groups will sing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “The Story of the Rose, Heart of my Heart” this Valentine’s Day.

“With the singing of the valentines we get all of our satisfaction from expressing what the individual who purchased the valentine wants us to present to that loved one,” Hunter said. “We’ll get everything from tears to smiles to ‘Oh my gosh’ or all kinds of expressions.”

Hunter said the barbershop singers emphasize the true feelings of the sender with smiles and other expressions.

“It really touches your heart,” Hunter said. “That’s the whole idea.”

Tom Riggle, lead singer for the Sweet Tea quartet that will deliver love songs to people in Hall County on Friday, said he’s enjoyed singing the annual valentine’s songs for the past six years.

“It’s a lot of fun for us as a quartet to go out and basically what we do is provide a service to someone to express their love to someone on their special day,” Riggle said. “Especially guys (who) sometimes have trouble expressing themselves in that way. We go in and we say this is from a person (who) really must love you because he hired us to come and sing these songs to express his love for you and this is what he asked us to come and sing for you.”

Riggle said sometimes recipients can get “a little bit embarrassed” by their serenade, particularly when in a public setting.

“But then they realize their co-workers are envious that their special someone would do that for them,” Riggle said, laughing. “Then they start to feel pretty good about it. It’s an emotional thing, sometimes we have trouble finishing a song because we get caught up in their emotions, too. It lasts longer than candy or flowers, I can tell you that. I like to say if you’re in the doghouse or need some points at home, it’s the thing to do.”