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In her cups

Jessica Crosby of IB re-invents that scene from the movie Pitch Perfect, the one where Anna Kendrick sings and gets jiggy at the same time with a drinking cup

A commercial photographer named Jessica Crosby sent me a link to a music video she made and posted on Youtube. It's just her, doing an inspired cover version of "Cups" from the film Pitch Perfect. I admit -- at first, the performance seemed a tad geek-worthy, even borderline nerdy. But then Crosby's earnest delivery began to grow on me. She has a sweet, almost meek way of selling the lyrics, and the intricate cup/hand clap part of the whole thing lent an eerie children-of-the-corn texture. In the end, after a handful of views, the homespun aspects of the performance grew on me to the point that I had to know about the cup thing: how the hell did she do that?

"I taught myself by listening and watching [film actor] Anna Kendrick. The hardest part of putting together "Cups," Crosby says, "was when it came time to put myself into the song. It's really easy to copy something you've seen someone else do."

Otherwise, was this a hard thing to perfect? "It took me about three hours to be able to put it all together, without the extra bits I added on later for myself."

Most challenging aspect of the whole experience? "First, I had to learn the cup routine which I taught myself in a simple 8 count pattern. Second came the lyrics, which are in a 4/4 pattern. However, the lyrics are slightly off beat from the cups and they're never where you would instinctively think they should be. So, the first step was putting those two elements together. Then came the hard part."

And that was… "Harmony. I wanted to add my own harmonies. I had to re-teach myself the entire feel of the song. I changed the key, while leaving the original cup rhythm, after which I added harmonies of my own that were unique to my voice and style of singing while honoring the original song."

Any recommendations on, say, the right type of cup for people who may want to try this at home? "It depends are what you are planning to do. When I first was learning the routine, I was using a metal pencil holder. I don't recommend performing or recording with that, but learn with whatever you have. For the recording, I used the same plastic measuring cup that you see in the video, except when I recorded the track I stuffed it with paper towels to deaden the plastic echoing noise. I found when I placed the cup down back to its starting position on the eight-count, I'd get a very loud noise from setting it down so I wanted to soften it, and make it sound clean, and uniform."

Plans to do any future cups songs? "Yes. I've been studying up a lot on how to create different sounds with different cups and watching all the different things people have done, but I want my next step to be creating my own routine with my own lyrics.

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A commercial photographer named Jessica Crosby sent me a link to a music video she made and posted on Youtube. It's just her, doing an inspired cover version of "Cups" from the film Pitch Perfect. I admit -- at first, the performance seemed a tad geek-worthy, even borderline nerdy. But then Crosby's earnest delivery began to grow on me. She has a sweet, almost meek way of selling the lyrics, and the intricate cup/hand clap part of the whole thing lent an eerie children-of-the-corn texture. In the end, after a handful of views, the homespun aspects of the performance grew on me to the point that I had to know about the cup thing: how the hell did she do that?

"I taught myself by listening and watching [film actor] Anna Kendrick. The hardest part of putting together "Cups," Crosby says, "was when it came time to put myself into the song. It's really easy to copy something you've seen someone else do."

Otherwise, was this a hard thing to perfect? "It took me about three hours to be able to put it all together, without the extra bits I added on later for myself."

Most challenging aspect of the whole experience? "First, I had to learn the cup routine which I taught myself in a simple 8 count pattern. Second came the lyrics, which are in a 4/4 pattern. However, the lyrics are slightly off beat from the cups and they're never where you would instinctively think they should be. So, the first step was putting those two elements together. Then came the hard part."

And that was… "Harmony. I wanted to add my own harmonies. I had to re-teach myself the entire feel of the song. I changed the key, while leaving the original cup rhythm, after which I added harmonies of my own that were unique to my voice and style of singing while honoring the original song."

Any recommendations on, say, the right type of cup for people who may want to try this at home? "It depends are what you are planning to do. When I first was learning the routine, I was using a metal pencil holder. I don't recommend performing or recording with that, but learn with whatever you have. For the recording, I used the same plastic measuring cup that you see in the video, except when I recorded the track I stuffed it with paper towels to deaden the plastic echoing noise. I found when I placed the cup down back to its starting position on the eight-count, I'd get a very loud noise from setting it down so I wanted to soften it, and make it sound clean, and uniform."

Plans to do any future cups songs? "Yes. I've been studying up a lot on how to create different sounds with different cups and watching all the different things people have done, but I want my next step to be creating my own routine with my own lyrics.

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Very creative, and looks like lots of fun! You sure come across some offbeat and interesting locals, usually long before anyone else is giving them ink around town --

Dec. 8, 2012

Sweet voice..........................

Dec. 8, 2012

I like this very much.

Dec. 8, 2012

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