things i've learned + jazz camp
unfortunately, i didn't take many pictures at campus, so you're going to have to deal with more portland photographs (disgusting, i know...)
i was pretty weary of going to camp; but, what's new? i'm pretty weary about doing anything.
so that small worry that started on monday grew like an epidemic until wednesday and most likely caused all of the innumerable health issues i had this week.
i don't even know what i was worrying about. probably stuff i shouldn't be worrying about... like always.
but despite the fact that this flaw pretty much f*cked up most of my week, i learned some things too.
and trust me, camp was in so many ways more awesome than it was stressful (as i believed i've accidentally implied above).
i've learned that (music-wise + life-wise)
...practicing for 15 minutes every day can get you places (even if that is all you can fit into your terrible high school schedule)
...worrying = terrible thing to put yourself through. don't do it.
...at the end of day (literally at the end of the day for campers), you just have to let go and some of your best sounds and music will become of it. (reiterating the "stress = bad" logic)
...the people that you meet now could be the people you'll encounter (probably in new york city) later (and you'll probably have to host some of them. i'm getting ready now!!)
...listening to depressing music at dinner can make you feel like crap for a few long minutes, but can actually urge you to play better throughout the night (who knew?!)
...talking to new people = fantastic
while all of these things pretty much apply to me and jazz camp, if you take them out of context, they are relevant to every-day-social-life-things-you-should-be-doing-anyway qualities. so this applies to everyone.
so to wrap this all up, i'm going to share my favorite albums and selective songs from the slowly rising jazz world for all of my new camp followers out there (and to my already existing ones, of course). au revoir for now.
have a great week, everyone!