Rock Camp 2015 – Day 4

 

 

Every year at Rock Camp, Day 3 is usually what we call Breakdown/Breakthrough Day. Emotions run high. Energy is waning. Basically – a lot of what’s been bubbling beneath the surface finds its way out. And while there can be great discomfort involved, these breakdowns really do lead to legit breakthroughs. It’s beautiful.

 

 

Well – this year it would seem Day 4 was the New Day 3. And I want you to know what that looked like. Bands that have struggled to write any part of their songs somehow managed to write their entire songs. Rhythm struggles were ironed out. Melodies were found. Campers who were absolutely certain they didn’t want to go anywhere near a microphone decided to sing along on their song’s chorus. A lot of bravery went down. It was impressive. It was admirable. It was amazing to witness and we volunteers know exactly how privileged we were to have been present during those moments.

 

Another fab occurrence of Day 4 was Screen Printing. Each band came up with their own logos and then they screen printed their own t-shirts. Each year I am blown away by the creativity and artistic talent of these girls, and this year was no exception. I love, love, love their band shirts! And don’t even get me started on the volunteers who facilitated this workshop. Honestly – the process gets smoother and smoother each year. I couldn’t believe how quickly our band finished their shirts. And when the session was over, there were all these beautiful, crazy, cool t-shirts hanging in the breeze. It was a glorious sight.

 

 

At the end of the evening, we realized we have only one more day of camp before the showcase. It would be easy to say how far the campers have to go, to focus on the work yet to be done, but I’m not worried. They’re gonna crush it. They will. And I get to see it. Wow.

RCGLA 2014 – Day 4

 

 

Day 4. 4 reals.

 

After Day 3′s awesome Volunteer hang, I almost forgot that day’s challenges. Almost. But then the morning of Day 4 arrived and the residue of the previous day had to be cleared away. A re-set button was called for. And I hit it. It didn’t make the difficulties disappear. It didn’t mean there wouldn’t be more challenges. It just meant I decided to not let those moments define my experience. Good choice.

 

Vocals classes went well, with the vocalists all working on their bands’ songs and their individual performance techniques. The campers really brought their A-games and I was super-proud of all of them.

 

Band practices were crucial, as there would only be 1 more day to get those songs down. The band I’m working with pulled together and Finished. Their. Song. You probably heard my sigh of relief, no matter where you live.

 

The fun parts of the day were T-shirt Design and Screen Printing workshops. The campers are ridiculously creative and their T-shirts are spectacular. Some are simple. Some are complex. I was completely in awe.

 

Day 4 is hard-core. The end of camp is near. There’s a lot of stress. Breakdowns occur – for campers and volunteers. I don’t want to paint it all dark, however, as there are also fantastic moments. There’s a ton of joy. So many folks tap into their magnificence and experience beautiful breakthroughs. It’s a privilege to witness. Seriously.

 

I can hardly believe today is Day 5. But you know what? I still feel like I’ve got this. And I do.