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Solid Ground

March 12, 2001

Solid Ground



By ASHA PATEL and ELIZABETH SUH


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A grand piano at Capitol Theatre Cultural Arts Center shares the spotlight with three microphones, a kitchenette and a living room set.

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The stage was set last month for Solid Ground's performance in the Brown Bag TGIF series, sponsored by Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts.

An emcee apologizes for the clutter onstage - the set for "Stage Fright," which is under production.

Solid Ground - Keith Brandon, Amber Quivers, Andrew Carpenter and Jewel Poston - shared songs and poetry.

Most of the poems are positive and hopeful with themes centering on peace, equality and love, but a few voice despair on these ideas.

In "I'm Just A Kid," Brandon voiced a neglected child's cry for attention and used an expletive, for which Andrew supplied the censor beep.

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Brandon was reading his original poetry, most of which was written in the 1980s. A therapeutic staff specialist at LodgeQuest Behavioral Health Center, Brandon is 44 but says he is "young at heart."

He participated in a poetry jam last summer, and when he was asked back, he thought Andrew, Jewel and Amber had the right talents to form Solid Ground. The group's name was chosen to represent togetherness and solid footing.

Brandon says he strives to "walk the route of love and peace with a rebel heart." He enjoys listening to jazz-funk fusion and reggae.

Amber, daughter of Lucinda and Allen Butler, and Jewel, daughter of Wilbur and Juliet Poston, both 15, are sophomores at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Amber's grandmother introduced her to singing in the church choir when she was a child, and she has been singing ever since. Her favorite musical styles are gospel, Broadway and R&B, and her idol is Lauryn Hill. She wants to become a psychologist but keep music as a lifelong hobby.

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