In early 2009, when I first heard about Camp MMW, it sounded too good to be true. I was very intrigued but before I sent in my application and committed to paying the tuition, I wanted to do a little research first. I wanted to be sure camp was everything it sounded like it was. So I went online and started searching for any info I could find about the inaugural 2008 camp. It was then that I stumbled upon this blog entitled “Camp MMW Rocked my Face off.”
That blog was written by a local New York City guitar player named Phil Christenson who attended camp in 2008 and documented his experiences afterwords. Phil has a band called Seaflux who gigs regularly throughout the city. He is a very good guitar player and an even better person. To get an idea of his personality, we went to a Q&A session that MMW was holding at a Barnes and Noble in the Upper East Side last year and Phil wore a T-shirt that read in big bold letters “I Piss Excellence.” During the Q&A, the shirt must have caught John Medeski’s eye because when he was asked how he would reply to a difficult question regarding MMW’s style of music John simply said: “I would just tell them that I piss excellence and leave it at that.”
It was after reading Phil’s Blog about his experiences at camp that I not only decided Camp MMW was something I needed to experience for myself but it was also the motivation behind my idea to start this blog. It is for these reasons that I refer to it as the “Original Motivator.”
Since my experiences at camp I have befriended Phil. We live close to one another in the city, have jammed together in Brooklyn and gone to MMW shows together. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to get a feel for what camp is all about to read through his blog. I also encourage everyone to check out the Seaflux home page, their youtube page, and go see them in concert in NYC if you get the chance. Thanks Phil!
Now, time for me to go practice!