[WRITTEN BY NAFISA SHAMIM]
I might be a layman when it comes to the more technical aspects of music, but even a layman could not fail to get swept away by the sheer magic that happened within the walls of the newly opened Lecture Theatre 21 this Friday evening. The backdrop, with the buzz of activity mellowing down to a nice relaxing lull over campus after a hard week, and the hiss of rain outside serving to make the ambience even cozier, could not have been more perfect for the Open Mic Event organised by the Taylor’s University Music Club.
It was nothing short of phenomenal from the opening act. Taylor’s has proven to be a powerhouse of talent- the evening passed by in a joyride of a cappella, guitar chords and piano melodies, duets and band gigs, a journey that spanned all the way from Phil Collins to One Republic.
And if the showcase of talent alone was not awe-inspiring, then the attitude of each and every participant certainly was. Many of the performers, including the very first a cappella performance by setting the mood fantastically with a low, rich intonation of “My Funny Valentine”, were taking to the stage for the first time, and if that in itself is not commendable, the warm reception every individual received certainly was.
The audience consisted of an amalgamation of practically all the departments- be it Engineering or Architecture or Mass Communication, the crowd was all but a gathering of different personalities joined together by their appreciation for music. And not for one moment did it feel alien or uncomfortable- the mood was light, fun, laid-back and enthusiastic all at once, and it was heartening to see the audience urging the performers on, whether they were novices or seasoned artists. Almost like a large gathering of friends getting together on a Friday evening, to de-stress and jam along and just have fun.
And they deserved all the accolades and cheers. One does not need to be an aficionado to recognise good music, and “good” is an understatement when a ukulele or a violin or someone’s voice has the ability to sweep you away in a stream of sensation. I had the great honour of being part of something magical today, and hope that future Open Mic events are going to be even bigger, because these guys really deserve the exposure and the appreciation. I know I will be going.