You know when you do something, and it is wonderful – darn near perfect – and you can’t wait for the chance to do it again? But at the same time you think . . . maybe it won’t be as good this time? I worried about that a little going into our second year at the O’Connor Method Camp in Charleston. But camp did not disappoint. In fact, it was incredible.
There are so many things I could say about what makes this camp so amazing, but honestly for me, it comes down to one thing that makes all the difference in the world: one thing shared by all the energetic, caring teachers; one thing taught and encouraged across every single class in the camp; one thing seen night after night in the recitals and jam sessions, and seen morning after morning in the eager faces of every student. There is a deep sense of ownership of the music, of the shared history of the songs and the fluidity of their interpretation. And with that sense of ownership the students discover artistic freedom. They are encouraged to change, mold, adapt the music – to improvise, to make it their own. And they do. From the very earliest beginners all the way up to the most accomplished professionals – the energy is unbelievable, and it comes from that one important thing that makes this camp so special: creativity. It is a beautiful thing to witness, and I have to believe that the creative thinking they are developing here will help them throughout their lives.
Not to mention, it’s a LOT of fun. We are already making plans for next summer!