We made so much progress so quickly the first day of Rock Camp that we all just assumed the second day would be just as great. Not so much. At least not across the board. Today we were reminded just how difficult this program is to execute. The realization that we have a lot of work to do hit the instructors today. Both instructors and kids had some great moments, but also experienced some frustration.
The frustration comes from a sort of battle of song selection that each of the bands goes through as they try to figure out what songs they want to play, what songs they are able to play, and who gets the lead parts in the songs. The final performance will eventually feature each kid in some way, but getting the initial line up of songs is … well… frustrating. Nevertheless, we push forward. Once we get our core songs picked and the focus changes to rehearsal, things get more fun again.
Lena and installed the Rock Stars (pictured above with the kids) in downtown Houghton today. They looked really great. What’s cool is they take on the texture of what’s underneath so they really blend into the sidewalk as well. Hopefully it helps bring people to the show.
Here’s the broadcast of Episode 1 from Root Notes Radio
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And finally some clips from Monday, day 1.
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Okay… its 12:07AM. I’m tired of this place and heading home.
HEY PARENTS AND CAMPERS!!!
Root Notes Radio will be doing daily recaps of camp starting tomorrow. All you have to do is point your browser to www.rootnotesradio.com to listen in.
The Rock Camp segments will air at 11AM, 5PM, and 10PM.
Turn on. Tune in. Check it out!
The Rozsa has been quiet for about two hours; the kids, instructors, and staff are safely on their way into the rainy night. The night patrol has already been through making sure everything is locked up tight. It is, the door will lock behind me when my work is done. I was tempted to turn on a little music while I catch up on camp affairs, read emails, post new sponsors, note down tasks for the tomorrow, but the silence is really feeling great right now.
Today went better than expected with the primary goal being to organize the kids in to bands. I use the term “bands” a little loosely here because the final concert is much more about “acts”, combinations of kids playing together to perform songs. Initially though, organizing kids into, in this case, five bands really helps make good use of our rehearsal spaces.
Our process for putting band together this year involved a deck of cards with a kids picture on each card. Over the weekend we just kept laying the cards out in combinations looking at the pro and cons of the various groups. We also look for input from the kids once they are in a band to see if that band is working for them. The first couple of days are all about finding the combinations of kids that feels good and works. I’m sure we’ll be making some changes tomorrow.
I was hoping to be posting photos and video to this we page and Facebook throughout the day, but it was all just a little took hectic. I’m capturing video footage now and will cook up a little video and post it sometime tomorrow. So stay tuned. Josh from Root Notes Radio (internet radio) was here all day today capturing doing interviews and recording music. I can’t wait see what kind of show he puts together. As soon as Josh is set to air his first show, I’ll let everyone know when.
Photos are courtesy of Ray Bosley.