Revenge Of The Open Mic Night

Allison Spice, Student Journalist

On July 18, 2012, with the smell of coffee in the air and USC’s Ground Zero crowded, GRAMMY Campers performed at the second open mic night of this week. A major part of the participants were from the Songwriting track and blew us away with their original compositions from Camp so far. If it wasn't a sultry, gritty song being performed, then it was an upbeat tune that excited the crowd. This second show had twice as much energy compared to the first open mic night, because the crowd participated more and the all-over energy was contagious.

The show started off with Layne Putnam from the Songwriting track. She performed a new original love song that was romantic and raspy. The hook of the chorus was "I can't thank you enough for being my love." This line alone portrays the emotions and depth that the songwriters can express in such a short time to write. Many of the songwriters performed slow songs at the beginning, but after the first couple of performances, other campers that were not in the Songwriting track branched out from that genre. Patrick "PJ" Bucknor was the first to switch up the performance style. Bucknor, along with Austin Shaw, Kim Miller, Larenz Tolson, Wyatt Giampa, and Jamal Williams, created an upbeat jam session. Bucknor laid down one of his own beats, Shaw played cello, Miller played the flute, Tolson and Giampa rapped, and Williams played the piano. All of these different instruments and sounds worked together to get the crowd participating and enjoying the show.

The show only got better from then on. There was slam poetry performed by Cory Batchler about New York never sleeping and life never stopping to take a break. Putnam, Taylor "Jay" Washington, and Emma DePuy played an original that they had written the day before that was then chosen to be played at the Recording Academy the following day. Giampa and Bucknor then played a cover of "The General," by Dispatch with a beat added by Bucknor to keep the crowd interested. These two sounds worked well together even though the song did not normally have these two types of music together. To wrap up the show, Matthew Wong, from Audio Engineering, performed an original jazz guitar piece that blew everyone away. The night was a hit. Even though campers were tired or nervous, they performed wonderfully. Whether it be singer-songwriter style, rap, or jazz it didn't matter. The crowd enjoyed the show and supported every single person who went up on the stage.

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