Magical Moment #32

From Wes Sorstokke, Bellingham, WA, chapter

On Friday April 21st I joined Dick Swanson, who sang bass, Dan Tangarone on tenor, and Bob Schmidt, who sang baritone to sing for Jim Owens' memorial. Jim was a very good friend of Dick Swanson's and many of us Barbershop singers will remember him as well.

At the social gathering after the Memorial, someone asked us to sing another song and we sang What a Wonderful World. Dennis Black was there. Many of you will remember him as a longtime Skipper and Northwest Sound member. He has Alzheimer's and did not recognize any of us. However, we decided to ask him to join us in singing What a Wonderful World. From what I could see and hear, he got pretty much everything right. It was fantastic to see him sing again.

I have heard of this sort of thing before, but never experienced it firsthand. Music is very powerful, and can bring back deep memories in people, even though other memories may be gone.


When you find your own Magical Moment, email it to You'll help inspire thousands of other barbershoppers and many of the general public who read them.