Director’s Blog – July 10, 2019
JEWISH CHICKS ROCK AT CAMP LOUISE!
When you hear the sounds of bass guitars, tambourines, drums and keyboards coming from the Camp Louise Library, you know it’s time for Jewish Chicks Rock!
Songwriter, activist, rocker, educator, and the founder of Jewish Chicks Rock Naomi Less and her husband and musical partner Glenn Grossman spent time with us – transforming some of our campers into rock performers! I had the opportunity to talk with Naomi and she told me about her inspiration for working with our campers this year.
Naomi explained that she wanted to focus on Jewish female songwriters in order to amplify Jewish women’s voices. She said, “These campers at Camp Louise may one day want to be the women who are creating a cultural footprint in Judaism.”
One of the camper bands Train Wreck told me that they are all a part of the train and they must stay on track. The drummer is the locomotive and each individual train attaches to another to form the whole. Without this, they will be a Train Wreck.
This band spoke to songwriter Chana Rothman’s to find out the inspiration behind her song Shine Like the Sun. Chana was doing a focus group and a woman said her son wears dresses and he told her – if you aren’t hurting anyone, why stop? This band took the words of Chana’s song and rewrote them for camp:
If you want to be an athlete
And you’re not hurting anyone
You’re free to be the athlete that you please
From now until you’re done
Shine like the sun
And the song goes on in true camp style…if you want to be an artist, a mermaid, an actress….What a great message! Just be yourself – as long as you’re not hurting anyone. Be yourself.
The CADets sang another Chana Rothman song called We are One that focuses on Jewish peoplehood:
We are many under one sky
We are many under one sun
We are many reasons why
We are one
another generic band. (yes, lowercase with a period) played Peace Song by Sue Horowitz as they sang:
We will not wait for change.
Girls Rock performed the song (that is also the name of a band) Ahavat Hinam (Healing Song) that talks about overflowing, healing love instead of senseless hatred:
We can open our hearts
To what brings us together, not sets us apart
It was certainly a rocking evening with some really important messages slipped in there too. Isn’t that the best kind of learning?!
Rock on, my friends, rock on!
Katarzyna – Support Staff
Jordan – Medical Staff
UNIT SPOTLIGHT – Unit B
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Egg McA&L | English Muffins | Egg Patty | Meatless Sausage | Cheese | Melon, Grilled and Crispy Chicken Sandwiches | Green Beans | Lettuce Tomato Onion | Pickles | Salad Bar | Pasta Bar, Pizza | Sauteed Veggies | Caesar Salad | Zucchini Fries | Salad Bar | Pasta Bar
High: 84°F | Low: 70°F – A sunny, nice day!