It’s graduation season once again – the time when many young minds finish up their secondary (or post-secondary) education, and then stand around scratching their heads and wondering what’s next.
Just last week, I attended a convocation ceremony at Fleming College for my girlfriend, and throughout the ceremony there were a few musical performances. Bagpipes, guitar, even a traditional aboriginal song sung with a hand drum. It was a nice way to break up what would otherwise be, to most people not actually graduating that day, a somewhat dry ceremony of people you don’t know getting their names called.
I don’t recall any musical performances at either my high school or college graduation, beyond maybe the ol’ Pomp and Circumstance, played from a recording.
That’s why I think the performance this young man JP Wallace put on at his own graduation ceremony is super cool. He took Lukas Graham‘s 7 Years, switched out a couple lyrics so that it was about senior year, and then performed in front of his classmates… and just brought the house down. Check it out!
Isn’t that sound quality pretty impressive when you consider it was shot with a consumer camera, capturing a speaker system from quite a distance? Even still, if you’d like to hear what it sounds like when recorded in a studio (or something like that), here’s a studio take on his version of the song:
Wherever his post-secondary adventures take him, this kid has some potential as a singer, don’t you think?