barely woke up with time to spare. rushed all my guys out the door, but the food from the day before hindered that a bit from being on time! but we caught the “overflow” bus back to campus.
a morning worship session with Gungor, a quick message from the speaker/hype man for the week.
breakout time for all guitars, all basses, all vocals, and all drums in their respective locations followed the morning worship. the guitar sesh was ok, featuring Jeremy Camp’s guitar player. named slipped my mind, but thats cool.
we then ran over to another building joining our full group for our favorite session. Tom Jackson leading a session on engagement and stage presence. he took the school’s worship band and they performed the song “Our God”. he then takes it and chops it up, adding this and that, working on their overall appearance, stage presence, song arrangement, and spiritual engagement with the audience. today he just worked out the “intro” and tomorrow we’re looking forward to what he has in store to continue to change this up.
lunchtime could not come sooner. then we ventured into individual classes. this differed from the previous sessions because they broke into smaller classrooms and got one-on-one with the artist or teacher present. i was assigned to chaperone the entry-level bass class “A”. was looking forward to some time catching up on work and having the headphones on. until i walked in the classroom. i first noticed one of my guys somehow ended up in there (even though he’s no beginner), but secondly the teacher for that day was ToddieFunk from TobyMac. so i definitely was engaged as he taught the kids how to thump a bass, play some “funk” and just talk about bass fundamentals. it was pretty sweet!
free time followed after that, and other classes were offered like “Songwriting” and “Jam With the Band”. i walked around campus with a few boys, getting into a bit of mischief here and there. but ended up in the “Jam With the Band” session. it was awesome as members from all different bands (Mandisa, Salvador, Pillar, TobyMac) go on stage and help a set of students rock out to a song! it was cool to see the kids work together, learn new stuff, and play on a stage with other professionals. i know we get to play on “stage” every week, but it easily noticed in talking to kids that we are maybe one youth band, in the top 1% of all youth bands in the U.S. that get to do that! so it was cool to see gets get to do that!! dinner gave us a break and we headed back to the jam session after that to just listen and worship with the students/peers.
after all the food had settled we made out way to the night concert. Gungor opened up once again with worship which was a consistent awesome. his style is so different from mainstream, and though not so engaging superficially or outspokenly, the music and lyrics engage the heart in a way not so common in worship music today. definitely calls out the heart and not the emotions of the room or the moment.
an artist named b. reith came out next. he rocked his songs and a very eclectic style from rap to Jason Mrazish to pop. then… yes… then came an awesome end to a productive day. we got blessed with the presence of some partyers. these guys go out and go hard. every song is pumping with energy and Southern-rock, mixed with hip-hop and dance. with names like Crouton and Phatty, these guys rocked.
Family Force 5 came out and killed it! i’m talking a solid hour of dance tunes. we were all about to pass out as our entire row of guys engaged in constant “random dancing”. we have many moves to bring home. we got fatigued one or two songs in the middle of the set, but out second wind kicked in and we rocked it. not only that but everyone around believed we were from Australia, and then we danced awesome. instantly we had fans all over camp. it was awesome. but more importantly we did just what FF5 wanted us to do. we partied for Jesus and it was awesome. to be with a bunch of guys you love and hang with, who love Jesus and love music. to all be together just being stupid and dancing and jumping and not caring at all what the person in front or beside or behind is thinking about the stupid dance moves you are making. just to worship free and enjoy that God rocks! it was an awesome night.
sorry this is a long post, but it was a long day. after that awesome set, yet again it was raining. we ventured out into the parking lot, loaded the bus (after waiting 30 minutes) and headed to the hotel. we hung out for a bit, shared a bit about the day just hung out. we almost went to bed, when the power went out. which caused chaos once again in the hotel so i had to play chaperone (and a few pranks) and get everyone back in their rooms. let’s just say the hotel got hot, but after about 30-40 minutes, the power was back on.
to end this blog i will add one bad and one good thing about the night.
the disappointment was due to the bad weather and the outage of power. i had planned on going back to the hotel, rocking everyone into bed/rooms and sneaking out with a friend who plays violin for Owl City to an Apache Relay show. a guy i grew up with in high school, was his drum major in band and bandmate, best friends with his older sister, and family. he actually recorded with me back in the day in Nashville and played a few gigs with me, so it was crazy we were in the same town once again. plus the crazy awesome Thad Cockrell was attending and it would’ve been awesome to hang with him and see these guys play.
the good thing of the night, well it was also due to the bad weather and the outage of power. despite missing that show and seeing a friend, i got to hang out with some awesome guys. guys who are young, but amazing musicians. their hearts are geared to grow in Christ and follow Him. they want to not just lead in worship, but BE worship in motion in their community and life. it’s awesome to joke and cut up with them, but to be here with them and hang with them ended my night awesomely! Camp Electric Day 2 officially over. ciao.