Yesterday was my first contribution as a volunteer to Grrrrlz Rock.
Ophelia’s Place hosted an umbrella event called Girls Rule. Our idea (actually Matrisha’s idea) was to conduct a pair of “Sample Rock Camps.” Two distinct sessions of 50 minutes apiece, wherein we would school a group of young ladies, in about 10 minutes, on drums, bass, guitar, ukelele, keyboards, and vocals. Then we would all get together and jam on The White Stripes’ “We Are Going to be Friends.”
Naturally, we had mild doubts that we could pull it off in such a short time. But the kids hit it out the park. In fact, they did so well, that we had them all switch instruments and nail the song a second time — in both sessions!
It’s inspiring and moving when things like this happen. I’d like to attribute the success to Matrisha’s ingenious unbridled enthusiasm and her impeccable preparation, not to mention the focused talents of my fellow instructors (and myself! …I got to work with Sean Brennan & Barbara Healy for the first time)… But really, it’s the kids. I always say: It’s not that difficult to teach kids something when they actually want to be there learning it.
Now I’m REALLY looking forward to this year’s Rock Camps.