Saturday – Day 5
We awoke today treated to our standard breakfast with French toast and that coffee cake I like so much. Then off to ensemble practice with Chris. We reviewed the arrangement, fine tuned it and got it ready for performance tonight. We felt good about it and headed to lunch.
Lunch was typically wonderful with flatbread pizza as our main dish and some wonderful brownies. After lunch a bunch of us headed to the lower field to throw around a bunch of balls and frisbees. Then we went swimming and afterwards got ready for John’s masterclass.
John talked about his influences and growth as a musician. He then played a 32 minute solo on piano, really amazing stuff. His master class ran long so I pretty much immediately had to get to John’s workshop where he allowed us Q&A for an hour. We then talked about structure and it’s benefits and limitations. John is a TRUE talent with a very open and accessible attitude about himself. I really enjoyed talking with him and picking his brain.
Our final supper consisted of sautéed vegetable with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and filet mignon steak (locally raised and slaughtered) with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.
We then all grabbed some drinks and headed to the performance space for our final student performance.
The ensembles were good (and long) and the solo performances seemed even longer. Nonetheless, it was great to see everyone on stage performing. My solo was pretty mediocre but I played well during our ensemble performance and received compliments from my fellow campers and MMW and the GM of the Full Moon Resort. Even Chris Wood’s wife told me that I was a very good bass player which made me very happy.
We convinced MMW to play 1 final song, a sick 10 minute jam to close out all performances. The rest of the night has been filled with drinks, music, pool, campfires and good talks. While I’m looking forward to going home tomorrow I still don’t want to leave this place, it’s just too magical, too much of a dream come true. But alas, all good things must end.
While I’m looking forward to breakfast in the morning, I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye to everyone nor making the drive home. I can only imagine being consumed by this experience for months to come. It is now 3:00am and unfortunately I must close out this day.