Many years ago, Sweety and I watched the IFC Films release Camp (2003), written and directed by American Todd Graff. It is a comedy-drama-musical about teenagers attending a summer performing arts camp in New York state, USA.
The film features actor Anna Kendrick in her first movie role (among other parts, she’s starred with George Clooney in Up in the Air) and American musical theatre composer Steven Sondheim’s (apparently) only film appearance. It’s a very well made movie, though one wouldn’t guess that, based upon the receiving such mediocre reception from critics.
I imagine Camp would be an excellent work for musicians to see, especially those who have attended camps. After thinking about it today, I want to watch it again, and I’m not even a musician!
The story tells of a wide variety of young people attending the camp. Some are well-off financially, and some can barely afford to be there. Present as always is the peer pressure youth live with and the characters’ attempts to find and claim their identities; this often leads to fierce competition, ostracization, shaming, bullying and, sometimes, physical attacks.
I enjoyed the film so much I sought out the DVD and the CD of the official soundtrack, which includes fabulous covers of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” and The Replacements’ “Skyway,” along with many jazz and musical standards like “Here’s Where I Stand” (sung by Tiffany Taylor), “The Ladies Who Lunch” (featuring Kendrick) and “Turkey Lurkey Time” plus many others. It is an impressive collection of music entirely worth listening to well after seeing the movie.
The first track on the CD is “How Shall I See You Through My Tears,” a jazz-pop, anthem type of song. It’s quite a captivating performance in the film, but unfortunately, there aren’t any decent video versions available on YouTube, just one badly home-edited clip I can’t bring myself to plunk in here. The song features Sasha Allen (not Sacha as noted in the audio clip below), Steven Cutts and the Company.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio for the song: