Well, I’m back from music camp.
First of all, the drive to and from was surprisingly pleasant. Kevin is great to talk to, as long as you don’t want to go into some technical subject.
Camp itself was great. We learned a lot of songs, tunes, and chord theory for the piano. Beside that it was really fun to listen to all the great musicians, the weather was cool with a little bit of rain, the food was delicious (with the sole exception of the french “toast” which looked more like mucus on the inside), and there were a lot of good people there. Of special note (at least to me) were Rachell Darling and Titus Copper. Rachell helped me get started playing the mandolin by teaching me a few chords. It’s amazing what can be done with the chords G, C, and D, especially when acompanying fiddle music. Nearing the end of the week, I made the acquaintence of Titus, who is a phenominal mandolin player for being only 14 years old. I’m going to have to practice a lot to be as good as he is.
Titus played in a band called “Greenerblue” which plays mostly bluegrass music. The bulk of the band is formed by three sisters, Dena (violin), Paula (guitar), and Jaime (cello, and wow is she good!) along with a friend who plays the banjo (but wasn’t at camp). Although their music was good (Jerusalem’s Ridge rocks!) I had the most fun playing “Pirates of the Carribean” with them (all but Dena) in a band Kevin pulled together called “Pokey Bushes”. It consisted of Paula, Jaime, Titus, Lary (an old guy who is a pretty hot guitar player), my Dad (on the Base violin), Kevin (on the violin) and myself (piano). Wow, we worked out the chord progression in a few hours with the help of some of the teachers and when it was done it sounded terriffic (litterally!). I’m trying to learn how to play the chords on the cello, but the’re pretty difficult…
Well, that’s what I did last week. I miss it already… the music, food, friends, forest, mountain air, stars, rain, smell of the pines…
Heya peeps! My site is getting updates every once in a while now, please read to your heart’s content.
By the way, there’s pictures of the camp (for those interested) here: http://peripheralarbor.com/BooherCamp/
Does this mean we get to hear you play the piano some more? I for one really enjoy a well-played machine.