Arts & Entertainment

Bachelor & Bachelorette




Food & Drink

Health & Wellness



Mayoral Thoughts



Women in Business

<   Swipe left or right   > 

Marcia Cornell, Betty Owen, Iris Christ, Sue Gordon

Feb 2, 2020

Musicians in Bathrooms featuring A Quartet from The Hilton Head Shore Notes

Celebrate Hilton Head Magazine

Photography By

Featuring A Quartet from The Hilton Head Shore Notes

Continue Reading

Band: A Quartet from The Hilton Head Shore Notes
Musicians: Marcia Cornell, Betty Owen, Iris Christ, Sue Gordon

What’s your sign?
Marcia Cornell: Aries (but I want to say “Singer on Board”—some of the Shore Notes have a large magnet with this on the side of their cars).
Betty Owen: Gemini, but I’d rather say… “STOP! In the Name of Love!”
Iris Christ: Taurus
Sue Gordon: Sagittarius

Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic?
MC: “Best Seat in the House,” by Barry Manilow
BO: “Fields of Gold,” by Eva Cassidy
IC: Everything by Bonnie Raitt
SG: “Summertime, Summertime,” by the Jamies

Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
MC: “Can I hire you for our party?”
BO: “I felt like you were singing just to me.”
IC: “I come all the way from Atlanta to this Christmas event every year and look forward to hearing you sing.”
SG: “Do you hire out?”

What do you sing in the shower?
MC: Nothing. I sing in my car!
BO: I don’t sing in the shower, but my chorus sounds great in the locker room at the Country Club of Hilton Head.
IC: I practice my new songs—nothing consistent.
SG: I don’t sing in the shower.

Favorite cereal?
MC: Oatmeal piled high with nuts and fruit
BO: I don’t eat cereal, but when I was a kid I loved Frosted Flakes. They’re Grrrrrreat!
IC: Oatmeal
SG: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

What is your favorite piece to perform?
MC: “Mary, Did You Know?”
BO: I love singing “One Fine Day,” but any four-part harmony song with my chorus, the Hilton Head Shore Notes, or my quartet, 4 the Moment, is my favorite song at that moment in time!
IC: “And So It Goes,” by Billy Joel
SG: “Rhythm of Life”

At what venue do you most like to perform?
MC: Seahawk Cultural Center at our show, but if we have all four parts present, we love to sing anywhere there’s an audience!
BO: Anywhere there is an audience that appreciates good barbershop harmony, like for our upcoming show, “Bringin’ Down the House” on February 15, at 7 p.m., at Hilton Head Island High School. Had to put in a plug!
IC: Home parties are my favorite.
SG: Private parties

Most requested song at shows?
MC: We entertained non-stop at Christmas at parties and all the retirement homes, and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” was requested a lot since many had heard us sing it last year!
BO: During the Christmas season, it was, “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas.”
IC: The most requested songs are at Christmas, and they vary.
SG: “18 Holes”

First concert you attended?
MC: The Kingston Trio a zillion years ago
BO: BB King in 1972
IC: Young Rascals
SG: A flute concert with my mother when I was about 12.

Favorite artist?
MC: Tough one … Karen Carpenter and Barbra Streisand. Lately I’ve become very impressed with Lady Gaga.
BO: Allison Krauss
IC: Bonnie Raitt
SG: Allison Krauss

Place you go to get away from it all?
MC: I get lost in a song! But seriously, I’m happy curled up with a good book on my comfy couch.
BO: Hunting Island Beach
IC: A cruise
SG: North Carolina mountains, Sapphire, N.C.

Do you tweet, gram, or book? What’s your handle?
MC: I’m only on Facebook, where you can find at 4themoment and at Hiltonheadshorenotes.
BO: Yes, Facebook at HiltonHeadShoreNotes and at 4theMomentQuartet. You can also find us on YouTube with the same handles.
IC: Facebook
SG: No

Finish this verse as if it were the hook of a song: “Sally went down to the bayou…”
MC: “Searching for the truth; instead she found the one guy, who helped her find her youth.”
BO: She said she really loved you, but then she saw some kudzu, and then she said goodbye you.”
IC: “To drown her sorrows over you.” (I’m clearly not a songwriter!)
SG: “To get some filé gumbo.”

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life on film?
MC: Sally Field
BO: Meryl Streep
IC: Lady Gaga. Otherwise, it would be boring!
SG: Renee Zellweger

First instrument you learned to play?
MC: The piano, when I was five. My parents had a baby grand, and I had perfect pitch.
BO: There’s a photo of me playing the toy xylophone when I was two years old. After that, piano.
IC: Piano
SG: Flute

Song you were thrilled to finally master?
MC: “And All That Jazz.” The words are killer!
BO: “When I See an Elephant Fly”
IC: “You Don’t Know Me” (in tenor)
SG: “Rhythm of Life”

What do you wish you knew more about?
MC: Music theory. Unfortunately, my parents discontinued my piano lessons when I was seven because it was difficult to make a young child practice for an hour a day, or so they thought. My biggest regret.
BO: How God created everything; that’s a mind-boggling thought. How about this: scientifically speaking, what makes the chords ring when an a cappella group sings perfectly together?
IC: Everything
SG: Woodworking

What animal do you most identify with?
MC: Bunny (big ears!)
BO: Cats. They are very independent. They stay up all night and sleep all day.
IC: Dogs
SG: Kitty

If you got super-famous and had to change your name, what would your new name be?
MC: I have no idea. All the good ones are taken!
BO: If I got super-famous, my fans would already know me as Betty. I would go with that.
IC: Iris Del
SG: Theresa LaFargeville

What famous musician would you love to sing a duet with?
MC: Andrew Bocelli (channeling Sarah Brightman) or Tony Bennett (move over, Lady Gaga).
BO: So many to choose from! Vince Gill, Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton to name a few. But we sing four-part harmony, so I would love to sing with some famous quartets like The Buzz, Viva, Martini, and so many more!
IC: Linda Ronstadt
SG: John Denver 

See The Hilton Head Shore Notes on February 15 at the Seahawk Cultural Center. For tickets visit

Related Articles

Build a Car and See What Happens

One of the most curious aspects of modern life is that some of the biggest names in entertainment might live right across the street from you and you’d never know it. TikTok, YouTube, Instagram … these platforms have allowed ordinary everyday people the opportunity to...

read more