Comb concert offers some serious laughter

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Ladies and Gentlemen: Coming to the lawn of Selma-Dallas County Public Library on Sunday Nov. 9, 2003, at 2 p.m. is none other than … the Comb Chorus Concert?

OK, so maybe it isn’t the supergroup Alabama or a nationally known R&B group, but it will encompass people who enjoy making music. One benefit is that it’s free. You do not have to pay the cost of a ticket as you would for a major concert, nor will you have to fight the traffic and solicitation of buying T-shirts and other groupie attire.

To many people this concert is just as important as any other is. This concert solidifies the hometown aspect. Where else can you stop downtown in a city and watch a concert of not amateur comb players, but experienced ones?

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For the uninitiated, the comb chorus is a loosely knit group of folks who gather a couple of times a year to make music, have fun and laugh &045; in no particular order. Their instrument of choice is the humble comb.

In theory, producing music on the comb is relatively simple: You hold the comb and a piece of tissue paper up to your mouth and blow. As with most things in life, there is a trick to mastering the comb.

In Tuesday’s edition of The Times-Journal, Kathryn Windham is quoted as saying, &uot;It’s just a pleasant way to bring the community together, to have fun together and to laugh together. You cannot play the comb without laughter.&uot;

Windham and her fellow chorus members are doing something that is very important to a community. They are bringing laughter to Selma and Dallas County. This community spends the majority of its time being pessimistic over agendas and the future of the city.

The Comb Chorus Concert is an escape from the normal wear and tear of everyday life and allows one to put their emphasis on laughing. It is known that laughter can be the best remedy for many common sicknesses. The Times-Journal proposes that the Chorus Concert can remedy some of our sickness.

Put on your schedule for next Sunday to attend the Chorus Comb Concert. You will be provided your instrument, all you need to bring is your laughter.