Love Songs for St. Valentine's Day

By Matt Markham

February 14, 2012 Updated Feb 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) How many of you spent more than enough time figuring out the best Valentine's Day surprise for your loved one?

Chocolates are eaten in no time, flowers wilt and dry. But, a memory stays with you forever.

For a lucky dozen people around here today, the memory goes to the tune of a Barbershop Quartet.

"Our tenor says you can never be angry or sad when you're singing. I think that's absolutely true," said Gil Durham. He sings with the Four Past Midnight Quartet. "You inoculate the people that you're singing to with the same thoughts."

"Some of the folks that have been around, they recognize the songs that we sing, and they sing along with us," Durham said. "I think today, there's a general lack of harmony -- musical harmony and cultural harmony. When people here it for the first time, it stops them in their tracks."

Gil and his guys are part of the larger Southern Tiersmen chorus.

An editor's note: thanks to Sharon Dunscombe at Your Home Library in Johnson City for letting us join her for her surprise!