Sunday, July 12, 2009

Arriving at GRAMMY Camp® by Ellie Perleberg

As the plane came closer and closer to the Los Angeles soil, an exhilerating buzz ran through the veins of myself and my closest friend, Jessica Turner. In just four short hours, our world had gone from "St. Francis, Minnesota: population seven-thousand" to "Los Angeles: center of the entertainment industry."

GRAMMY Camp® gives young adults the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about all aspects of the music industry from professionals. It's something we'd heard stories about and never thought we'd get the chance to live out. But here we are now, in the middle of everything.

The counselors who met us at the airport were fun, personable, energetic, and as excited about camp as we were. The entire staff has that same enthusiasm about the project. (But maybe that's just the way people are in Los Angeles?)

It took a few hours to get everyone together and out of the airport. As soon as we arrived at USC, everything started moving a hundred miles an hour. There were eighty-three new names and faces to remember, room numbers, keys, rules, teachers, schedules, activities...overwhelming to say the least. This is such an incredible experience, though. There's no other way to go about something this huge.

Saturday night's Open Mic at Ground Zero was a great way to get to know all the students. There were a few people who made my jaw drop when I heard their music. It was the perfect way to wrap up the excitement that is the first day, because now I can't wait to get to know the minds behind the impressive songs.

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