Fall Songwriter Showcase


Since any songwriter strives to be discovered in the music industry, does it help them to be egotistic before their careers are established? On December 1st, 2011 I attended a musical show called, The Songwriter Showcase. Located at the Redwood Taylorsville Campus around 7:30 p.m.—it was hosted by Professor Thomas Baggaley from the music department, in auditorium TB 203. It was also filmed and broadcasted LIVE on SLCCTV; the school’s cable television station which is viewed by Comcast subscribers on channel 17.

Before the show started, Thomas Baggaley made an announcement and let the large audience know the reason for the event was to help students get noticed and find good jobs upon graduation. He then went on to speak about the latest developments in his department before he brought out the first singer.

The first song was conducted by a student named Angie Petty, a singer/rapper who entertained only four people on the third row as they cheered from a distance. After she finished and stepped down, a gentleman named Cameron Mullen went up and performed a heavy metal song, which was unfortunately criticized by the audience in the back row because he mumbled his lyrical vocabulary on stage. Overall, there were ten performances that night and only a few were worthy enough to be considered mainstream quality.

Although some students come from different perspectives where they feel a need to express their music in an innovative way, logically speaking, they should also consider rewarding the following consensus with good sounding material—or they’ll be marketing towards a nitch audience. While from a conventional perspective, an artist should consider possessing a humble personality and HEART, because singers with big heads are usually considered ineligible for recognition. Unlike a very modest singer named Wade Clapier, he accidentally pleased the crowd when he expressed his meek personality to the masses. When he goofed-up and made mistakes on his guitar strings and lyrics, it didn’t matter how many times he did it, they forgave him and continued to give him their approval.

Other classy singers soon found their performances receiving a standing ovation once they sung and played the piano. Such as Alex Holder and Michael Payne who played elegant music; their beautiful compositions made people feel like they were at the Utah Symphony. To use a reference form the motion picture Walk the Line, “That’s the kind of Song people want to hear—that’s the kind of Song that truly saves people.”

If The Songwriter Showcase was a singing contest, the award would go to a student named Shaun Boyle. He was one of the best singers that night. He didn’t just have a great voice and guitar mix, he had: a humble personality, a harmonious tone, perfect musical timing, and HEART. Everything about his performance was right on target; he was the only singer the audience stood up and clapped for at the end of the show.

In conclusion, I thought Shaun Boyle was a great example for the others. As a matter of opinion, all performers might want to consider humbling themselves before they address an audience next time—compared to those in the media who don’t and become the object of ridicule in an unforgiving world.

—Dante Antonio Dominguez

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