My Notebook: Part II

Camp at Sunset


Day 2: Master Class

Old original recording: Alan Lomax/Library of Congress/Rounder Records

*Listening to other music and channeling inspiration*

“Music is the language” It takes guts to “get naked” in front of 1,000 people.

When the jam gets repetitive, STOP and layout.

Internal and External: Internal=Harmonically it has to do with key. External=Rythym 

When in doubt, drop out! “Wrong and Strong” CW

Get to know who you are and be honest about that, music is where its coming from, music is sincere, it’s not a fashion statement

Best soloists stop focusing on what they are playing and focus on what the accompanists are doing and draw on their contributions to enhance their solo.

If You don’t care, it’s not gonna come out interesting.

Create a ritual in which you can create a comfort zone. 

Jazzhole = a pretentious jazz musician. JM

“You want to be your own real deal, whatever that is.” JM

“Music is a language between idea and emotion.” JM

“Wrong is relative.” CW

These notes come from the first master class of Camp MMW 2009. We gathered in the barn and listened as all three members of MMW talked about musical inspiration and how to achieve it.

This class really set a tone for the rest of camp. I feel that at camp, more than anything else, each member of team MMW wants every camper to find, or at least begin the quest for, their own individual sound. They want each person to go home knowing how to inspire themselves musically and stimulate their own creativity. They teach this by demonstrating their own individual, and collective “voices” and then show the campers their own methods and rituals to acquire the inspiration to develop that voice further. 

If you leave Camp MMW and don’t know what your true voice sounds like or methods to how to find and develop that voice, then it’s obvious you didn’t listen very closely. The hard part is to take the time and energy from your life away from camp in order to continue to develop that voice. 


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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