The book of love is long and boring...those words rang out over an audience brimming with energy and excitement as Boston Conservatory professor Doug Lockwood sweetly serenaded us with the heartfelt rendition of Peter Gabriel’s “The Book Of Love.”
On February 13, a gaggle of performers from the Boston Conservatory (accompanied by a few of their friends from Berklee in the pit) put on their second annual Valentines Sock Hop. It was a night full of love, heartache, jamming, and some quality riffs, and one to be remembered for sure. One thing that stood out to me was how supportive and full of life the crowd was. When I first entered the dimly lit dance studio five minutes after the 10:45 PM doors, I was enveloped by a party-something I had not expected to see. Ariana Grande blasted from a faraway speaker, and everyone was dancing and grooving like there was no tomorrow, which is an entirely different environment from the seclusion and isolation of most performances I’ve attended. When things began, it was such an audience-involved show. Now, it seemed like everyone in the room, crowd and performers alike, were good friends, so naturally I felt a little out of place. However, after every high note, riff, and sparkling moment of vibrato followed a “Yas Queen!” or a “That’s my best friend right there!” Even mistakes were accompanied by a swell of praise and support unlike any show I’ve ever seen. It was truly magical, and I was certainly feeling the love. The songs were all, of course, themed around love (or the lack thereof) and included hits like “Tattooed Heart,” “Shot,” “Rewrite The Stars,” and “What The World Needs Now (Is Love)”. Every performer was a vastly different example of what BoCo has to offer: upperclassman, singers, dancers, second semesters, actors, no one was left out of the pot when it came to the talent displayed. Even teachers, as previously mentioned, and Professor Lockwood did an outstanding job.
Something I want to mention was the admission. While they did not technically charge, the five dollar door fees were donated to the fire-fighting efforts in Australia and general bush wildlife conservation through the Australian Zoo Wildlife Warriors. This was a wonderful idea, and something I think bands and groups putting on performances in the future can take notes from.
Overall, every single performer did a wonderful job, and I’m so very thankful that I was able to attend this amazing show. Congratulations to all of these incredible artists on a fantastic show! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.
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