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'Mind over matter': The Tenors try to move past national anthem fiasco

'Mind over matter': The Tenors try to move past national anthem fiasco
From CBC - October 29, 2017

Nearly a year and half has passed since the Canadian vocal trio The Tenors was blindsided by their ousted fourth member in front of millions of baseball fans, and in some ways they are still healing.

It was not until a recent trip to Cape Spear, N.L. for their new album Christmas Together that some of the pain turned into progress.

They were filming a music video for the traditional Auld Lang Syne,the album's final track, a song that frequently ushers in the new year. Standing in Cape Spear, the most easterly point in Canada, the group began to sense the symbolism behind their trip.

Starting from scratch

"The dawn of the new year touches the shores of Newfoundland before anywhere else in Canada," said Clifton Murray. "It did not really hit me until we were there in that moment just recognizing the significance of the song: getting back to your roots and the basics."

Exploring the picturesque region offered the Tenors a moment to pause after a whirlwind period of instability.

Former member Remigio Pereira shocked the group when he unexpectedly changed the lyrics to O Canada during the 2016 Major League Baseball all-star game. He also held up a sign bearing the message "all lives matter" on one side and "united we stand" on the other, angering some who believed it dismissed the Black Lives Matter movement.

Pereira has said that was not his intention.

It put the rest of the Tenorswho Pereira has previously said did not know his plansin a difficult place. They ultimately chose to dismiss him as they faced a barrage of questions about the incident.

"There were other things," said Victor Micallef. "Unfortunately, that was the most public moment."

'Some people just have different paths'

"You sometimes say to yourself that it's time in life to move on. Some people just have different paths," he added, before wishing the former member well.

The Tenors reemerged as a trio playing events across the world. They appeared at the 30th anniversary of the David Foster Foundation earlier this month in Vancouver and will begin a North American tour running through November and December with numerous stops in Canada.

New Christmas album to come

Keeping spirit hopeful

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