Friday, February 4, 2011

get your stinkin' badges here...

just a few words about our music camp coming up in august:


if you want to know the particulars and maybe even decide
to attend you should visit of course,
meanwhile here are my thoughts on what to expect:

monday afternoon on august 22 you will arrive
and check into the accommodations you've chosen.
the fee you have paid is mostly based
on your choice of accommodations, otherwise
all of us campers will be treated the same,
we'll all eat the same food together (delicious I'm told)
and have access to the same classes and events
as well as the delights of a 70-acre summer resort
in the Catskill Mountains no less!

for the next 4 days you'll be busy choosing
which activities you want to participate in,
which classes you would like to learn from,
who you want to befriend and hang out with,
how long you should stay at the late-night jam,
which "rock star" you should ask tony about first,
how long you will practice what you've just learned,
whether or not to join in pat's morning "practice pad session"
even though you're not (much of) a drummer,
what shirt to wear at this evening's bonfire,
which king crimson lick to ask about today,
when is the perfect moment to approach adrian
for one of his custom-made "sticky picks",
how much food and drink you can possibly absorb,
and how often you can hear another very-likely-hilarious
road story from these three seasoned road warriors!

I expect there to be a wealth of knowledge dispersed
in all directions, served up with a dose of silliness.
I expect to teach someone (could be you)
how to make the perfect lemon drop martini.
I expect I will be listening closely to everything
tony and pat have to teach because I still have much to learn.
I expect someone (could be you) to ask me to demonstrate
the sound of a chicken chasing a steam roller.
I expect to stay out too late at one of the late-night jams
and I expect to regret that decision the next morning.
I expect by day 5, friday, all of us will have exhausted
ourselves in a very unique and lasting experience.
and I expect to win the "most likely to succeed" badge.

seriously though, when I think of the amount of collective
experiences, savvy, and knowledge buried in the psyche
of this particular trio of people: tony, pat, and me,
and when I truly remind myself of all the great people
the three of us have known and worked with,
all the amazing records we have been part of
and the music we have each created,
all the travels around the globe,
the hours spent in recording studios,
all the concerts we have performed
over our long tenure in the rock music world
it's hard to know what to expect
except to say IT HAS TO BE GOOD!

so I expect to be excited.

ps: thanks to denis rodier for the fabulous illustration seen above.
and special thanks to daniel heaps, amy carpenter,
and mike gilbert for organizing the camp details thusfar.


  1. The Missus said I am allowed to go if I want...

  2. i figure ONE of you is gonna bring a goalie mask .

  3. If that doesn't look like a lotta fun, I don't know what does.

  4. working out the many spots are there?

  5. Oh boy. Roy and I have been discussing this. If I were any type of musician, I'd be there. It sounds really cool. We need to think about it.

    Plus, I don't know if I can get that much time off from work. :-(

  6. Should I bring my electric kit and/or acoustic kit? (drums)


  7. I am this close (I'm holding my fingers 1/2 inch apart) to going. Adrian, I play the drums. Can we jam on a Beatles song? Will I be able to play a Crim song with you and Tony? (I think I might die.) Can I jam on B'Boom with Pat? Wow, this is my dream come true.


  8. Amy at the resort told me that they can accommodate a max of 100 to 120 people.


  9. With permission from my better half - I'm signed up and can't wait to attend!

  10. the poster artist was generous with your hair ;)

  11. It is at times like this that I am especially thankful for my amazing wife. She is letting me join in the fun in August! I got my stinkin' badge! See you all there,


  12. i need to learn to play an instrument fast. maybe i should start guitar lessons now. i love the Catskills. if it's warm enough, you should all go tubing down the esopus.

  13. My sense is that all levels of talent are welcome. I hope so, sine I am somewhere between beginning and intermediate...I wish there were more levels on the app. form...
    anyhow, come along and have fun hanging'!


  14. Oh, how I wish. Unfortunately, can't swing it. Will be there in my mind, in fact, considering all the snow here, I'm already there.
    Best wishes,
    - jim

  15. Hmmm...If King Crimson around the campfire is not the Woody Guthrie of the 21st century, I don't know what is...

    What a completely tremendous opportunity to visit with some of the best musicians of our times AND eat S'MORES. Heaven on Earth indeed...

    Secure the California Guitar Trio and a bottle of single malt, and nothing could be better.

    Best regards,
    Jon Lybrook

  16. I WILL BE THERE!!!!


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  18. i want to go to NY soon and mark my presence in this event. thanks for everything! I'll try again, because I think this year will be impossible, the trio come to Brazil?so I'll try to fulfill that dream in NY! kiss and i see you around!

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