My Journal: Part I

The main house

Now, I had completely forgotten about this, but right before I went to bed every night at Camp MMW 2009, I wrote a journal entry. I kept a journal for 4 of the 5 days I was at camp. While  I was looking for my notebook the other day,I stumbled upon it. Reading through the entries gives such incredible insight as to what to expect from the camp experience that I decided that I must share it’s contents with my readers. So, much like the “My Notebook” series of this blog, I am also beginning the “My Journal” series where I will transcribe my entries, word for word, directly from the pages of my journal into posts of this blog. I hope you Enjoy!


It’s Wednesday, my 2nd day of Camp MMW is ending. I arrived yesterday around 2pm. I got my room around 3:30 and went to the meet and greet around 5 followed by a delicious dinner of fresh veggies, grilled organic chicken, a salad bar and pesto penne pasta. The first 5 hours of camp was really just making as many acquaintances as possible. “What do you play? Where are you from? and how did you hear about camp?” are the most common questions.

Chris in Green

After dinner we were treated to an hour-long show of classic MMW. I’m almost ashamed to admit that it was my first show. It was about what you would expect, INCREDIBLE! And a great showing of what we should expect for the next 5 days.

After the show I went to jam in the cafe while others watched an old Rude Boy film. Others jammed in people’s cabins and others just hung out. By the end of the day I had concluded that this was, by far, the best $ I’ve ever spent.

Today I awoke to a breakfast of bacon, scrambled eggs & tofu, coffee, juice, fresh fruit, banana and pecan walnut pancakes and some of the best coffee cake I’ve ever had. It was followed by a master class by MMW revealing how they channel inspiration into music and communication within the group. They would play songs that inspired them and how they created their songs that were inspired by the original work. 

Then we broke for lunch. Organic everything including a salad bar, vegetable soup, tuna and humus wraps and wild rice. The cookies at the end of the meal sealed the deal for me. Lunch was followed by ensemble and a workshop, both taught by Chris Wood. The workshop was incredible. I got to spend almost 2 hours talking “anything bass” with Chris Wood. It was just me and 3 other outstanding young bassists. Learning from Chris and having access to his opinions and advice is truly invaluable. I want to attend his workshop on creating a bass line tomorrow but I’m leaning towards spending the hour with John Medeski and hearing what he has to say on the topic of “Groove Vs. Freedom.”

John at work

We broke for dinner and ate grilled tuna steaks with sautéed vegetables, salad, baked red peppers and a desert of fresh fruit with whipped cream and crumb cake. We had and hour to chill & relax before we headed up to the performance space to watch a 90 minute set of MMW jam with David Tronzo, a phenomenal guitar player who excels at slide playing and improvisation. 

I came back and shot some pool in the listening room, checked out some jams, some of a movie, made a call home and turned in early for the night since I was way too exhausted today.

What will tomorrow bring? More of the same excellence I imagine. No matter what, I feel as if I already have gotten my money’s worth and I still have 3.5 days of camp left.  SCARY!!!

This concludes the sharing of my first journal entry but fear not, there are 3 more to come and each one gets better than the next!

P.S. Tonight I head out to Long Island to jam with the Hurricane! I can’t wait!!!


About campmmwblog

I've been playing electric bass for just over 17 years now. I live in Greenpoint Brooklyn and have so for the last 5 years. My musical fervor and inspiration have slowed a little (which is one of the reasons I'm sooooo looking forward to Camp MMW) but since the New Year I have been experimenting heavily with writing, specifically blogging. I had the idea to document the events leading up to Camp MMW 2011. Once I found out the team at MMW Headquarters was cool with it, I set up this blog. Enjoy
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