Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
A: Well, let's see, my friends and I were in High School and we did shows. We thought we the local music scene. I thought this is fun, cool. We were on a road trip and the idea came up, "Wouldn't it be cool to have a camp for little kids with shows?" We thought it was a good idea, then I got approached by the Educational Director, Elizabeth S. she asked if I was interested in an after school class. Art Rocks Teens, I did the first set of classes, which I think was, 9 weeks long. It was like 2 hours after school on Wednesdays, my day off. That was fun, I met people like Jackie Penny, Evan, and Addison. I did sets of classes for 9 weeks, then I think 6 weeks, then 8 weeks. I realized it was hard to accomplish a lot, because of the short amount of time we had each week. It wasn't enough to do anything huge. Elizabeth said,
"What if we turned it in to a week long camp?"
I'm like, "Yeah!"
So I got my friends help, it was the first year of camp, 2005. My friend Ben came and helped. Also a band came to town, a co-ed band who had just played. I asked them and I didn't know them very well. I knew they'd be a good band. So what i did was, basically I just got the first phone number I could of someone from the band, this happened to be Wilson. So I called him and asked "Hey, wanna come teach at Rock and Roll camp for a week? I can help pay for such-and-such amount of expenses."
He said "Yeah! Totally."
The first year was awesome, and since then Point Juncture has come every year.
Q: Do you remember the first c.d. or record you ever bought? What was it?
A: I can't remember the cassette, a lot of times I bought them from yard sales. The first c.d. I bought was from Payless, or K-Mart, It was the soundtrack for Batman Forever.
I knew a couple bands on it, like, Sunny day Real Estate The Offspring and The Flaming Lips. Haha, I loved Batman.
Q: How do you like working with kids?
A: I hate it, ha ha no, it's exhausting, but it's fun. There are so many campers and less than half the amount of counselors. Ideally, if I had all the money in the world, each camper would have a counselor. It's great though, it forces us to get quality work done. I feel like the campers have become more respectful, appreciative, and easy going, easier to work with. You guys are a breeze.
A: They more picked me, well, not really. We're more or less a backup band for the band James Dean Kindle.
J.D. came back to town, I offered to play a snare or a tom tom for him. Originally we thought we were going to be a house party band, to be like country/folk music to play at parties. We just started bringing in friends. First it was Bryan, and Cody (he left) and now were to the point where were not really backing for J.D. as we are a creative two-halves of a brain, working together. J.D. writes the songs, and we try to help him "actualize" what he is thinking.
“I love Beethoven, especially his poems.”
-- The Beatles' Ringo Starr, 1964
“Ma'am, I'm not tryin' to be sexy. Ah didn't have any clear ideah of trying to sell sex. It's just my way of expressin' how I feel when I move around. It's all leg movement. Ah don't do nothin' with my body.”
-- Elvis Presley to a reporter early in his career, quoted in: Joe Kohut and John J Kohut, ed., Rock Talk (1994)
“I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.”
-- Jimi Hendrix
brout“Music can save people, but it can't in the commercial way it's being used. It's just too much. It's pollution.”
-- Bob Dylan
"I heard that your brain stops growing when you start doing drugs. Let’s see, I guess that makes me 19."
-- Aerosmith Steven Tyler
“The worst crime is faking it” Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
“I always thought the good thing about the guitar was that they didn't teach it in school.”
-- Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin
"There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another." -Frank Zappa
Brought to you by Music With Ease 2005-2010 "famous quotes rock music"
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Pendleton Ukulele Project (P.U.P)
Members: Kyle, Amanda, Mickayla, Nick, Seth, Brian, Weston, Levi, Mason, Caleb, Scott, Andrew
Songs: Ring of Fire^
Somewhere Over the Rainbow^^
Members: Mckinley, AnaLeigh, Cole, Mike
Members: Andrew (A.K.A Andre Black), Luke (A.K.A Mr. Smidge), "Beaver", Jeremy
Members: Will P.,Will G., Logan, Michael, Seth
Song: Just Wanna Rock
Stones At Altima
Members: Ian, Jessi, Gabe, Theron, Levi, Victor, Weston, Addison, Skyler
Songs: One Time to Fly
You Really Got Me*
Members: Scott, Brooke, Mitch, Devin, Jordan
Songs: Good Life
Thunder and Lightening
Walk it off
Members: Savannah, Caleb, Ciaran, Donovan
Song: Get Out
Members: Christian, Justin, Evan, Scott
Song: Religion Kills Everybody
I Eat Meat
You Hate Me and I Hate You**
Members: Jessika, Amanda, Mikayla, Jake, Kenny
Photos by Westley
^ Cover song originally by Johnny Cash
^^ Cover song originally by Judy Garland
*Cover song originally by The Kinks
**Cover song originally by G.G. Allin
Hi, my name is Weston. I am what you would call a rock camp veteran, this my fifth and best year so far. So yesterday I, along with other campers, had the oppurintunity to watch the film How The West Was Won (no, it's not a movie with John Wayne), a film about the british rock group Led Zeppelin. It features concert footage of the golden gods at their best.
Q: So, Cantaloupe, how do you like being eaten?
A: *No answer*
Q: Cantaloupe, what happened to your family?
A: *No answer*
Q: Cantaloupe, what will you do do with your future?
A: *No answer*
Q: Cantaloupe, do you like Justin Bieber?
A: NO! -
In late 2005, Activision—along with RedOctane and Harmonix Music Systems—released a game called Guitar Hero and four years later, released other types, including Guitar Hero 2, Guitar hero 3, and Guitar Hero: World Tour. Two years after the release of Guitar Hero, Harmonix Music Systems released another series of virtual band games, entitled Rock Band. Rock Band is becoming more and more popular by the day, with over five additions to the Rock Band legacy and over 1,100 downloadable songs for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii, Rock Band has shown kids our age music that our parents listened to, and made it look awesome!
Rock Band does have its downside, along with only being able to download content if you have a system that connects to the Internet, Rock Band itself is pretty spendy. Usually, when the Rock Band games come out, they cost around $150-199 though, as time passes and newer versions come out they drop in price. But whats the fun in getting a game after everyone else because you couldn't afford it when it came out? It's not.
Here at rock camp, tons of kids play Rock Band in their free time. We polled 20 people and out of them, 75% said they play the game. 70% of them said that Rock Band did not influence their choice to play music, but did open their eyes to a lot of newer music. 25% though, have never played the game, and 5% said they have been influenced to come here and play instruments because of the it.
So while Rock Band hasn't brought a lot of new students to Rock Camp, it does introduce them to new music. One kid who learned new tunes is Pendleton Rock Camper Nick, who says "you can learn how to play songs" using the game. He also learned about songs—"Living on a Prayer" and "Eye of the Tiger" being two—by playing the game.
Personally, I have found many good bands (like Modest Mouse, Duran Duran, Journey) that I would have never thought I would like by playing Rock Band. Along with old bands. And there are many unheard of bands on the game too. Along with being a good way to find bands, its a great way to have the feeling of playing music without struggling to play a real instrument.
Overall, Rock Band has had a big effect on the music generation these days, helping promote bands that are not technically “mainstream”and helping us discover the wonders of classic music along with many other things.
years at rock camp: 4
Q:Why do you like it here?
A: I like that for a conservation cowboy town its very progressive and welcoming
Q:What instrument do you play?
A: Trumpet, drums, guitar, base,& learning piano.
Q: How long have you been playing?
A: 20 YEARS
Q: Why do you like teaching here?
A: I like seeing the kids improve over the years, and i like being a teacher.
Q: Whats your favorite instrument?
A: Vocals, also any wind instrument there good cause they are expressive.
Q: What's your favorite band?
A: Bard of Amos
Q:What was your first concert with out your parents?
A:Metillica, and Guns and Roses
Q:Whats the craziest thing to happen to you at a concert?
A: It was my first show here, we were suppose to be at the Elks club, but it burned down before we could play. We ended up renting the let 'er buck at the fair grounds.
Q:What were your worst shows?
A:In Seattle, WA. The drummer couldn't practice before the show , one guy got food poisoning, so he kept running back to throw up in a trash can.
Q:What do you love about Rock camp?
A:Everything! counselors, campers,the supportive staff of the art center, and the traditions.
The basics of properly tuning an amp starts with a properly tuned guitar. To get the best possible sound quality, the volume is to be turned down from the amp only and the guitar's volume is to remain all the way up. Tube amps are to be left on standby mode for 15 minutes before being turned to the full "on" position. This allows time for the tubes inside the amp to warm up and produce the best possible sound. The "Gain" knob should also remain in the fully on position.
After teaching the campers the basics, Skyler went from person to person to help further tune their amplifiers. And slowly but surely, there began to be less idle hum and much more quality guitar music.
2nd year of Rock and Roll camp
"The rich and famous thing is always kind of appealing."
A: Since I can remember, but professionally only 6 years. I've only been playing the tambourine since today.
Q: Why did you come to Rock and Roll camp?
A: I know a lot of people here, I think its fun and I love music.
Q: Where would you like to go the future with your singing?
A: The rich and famous thing is always kind of appealing, but probably just playing in Oregon and Washington.
Q: What do you really like about Rock and Roll camp?
A: Nobody really cares what kind of music you do, as long as you have fun and sound good.
Q: What are you looking forward to most this week?
A: Performing with my band.
Q: Are you really nervous about performing in front of all the people?
A: People who aren't nervous before they go on stage are the crazy ones.
THERON HERN, AGE 13, IS PLAYING THE SAXAPHONE IN A BAND. FOR TWO YEARS HE HAS BEEN PLAYING THE SAX AT SUNRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL. HE IS GOING INTO THE 8TH GRADE. HIS FAVORITE FOOD IS PIZZA OR LASAGNA. HIS FAVORITE HOBBIES ARE JUST PLAYING THE SAX. THERON'S BAND HASN'T COME UP WITH A NAME YET. HE SAYS HE IS HAVING FUN IN HIS BAND CAUSE THEY GET TO ROCK OUT, EVEN THOUGH THIS IS HIS FIRST YEAR AT THIS, HIS FAVORITE CAMP. HE IS HAVING A VERY FUN TIME. HE REALY WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR IF POSSIBLE. HE SAYS, "WELL, ME AND MY PARENTS WERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO OVER THE SUMMER SO MY MOM STARTED LOOKING AT THE ART ROCKS TEENS. WE LOOKED AT STUFF AND FOUND THIS AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE COOL TO GO TO ROCK BAND CAMP—AND HERE I AM".
As some of you know
Some call it the big break,
I call it the show.
The first day of camp was really fun
I cannot count how many times the ladies called me hun
Lunch time was here, and I thought aloud
"It's time to get the pickup lines out!"
So I walked the street looking for action
Let's just say I was "the main attraction"!
The second day I thought was a maybe
Until I learned "Ring of Fire" on the ukulele
Band practice came so quick I had to go pee
Then we played The Kinks' "You Really Got Me"
The third day seemed like it never came to an end
But when I heard Day Moanstar, it brought me back again
I finally got the Led out of my head
Then I wrote an editorial till my fingers were dead
Now the fourth day of camp is about to begin
And it is here where I like to say
"You guys are my friends"