I spent the weekend outside Nashville at Victor's new location for his Bass/Nature camp. The week before, they did one last camp at the old location, and then some folks stayed on and spent the weekend fixing up the new spot. There were roughly 100 friends, family, bass campers, and strangers (like me) helping. Rocket Music's bass instructor (Cameron McLaughlin of Balancing Act, and one heck of a bass player) has been to several of these camps over the years, and he invited me and some of his other students down to participate, and we jumped at the chance. Victor has purchased a nice spread of land (I heard 150 acres) about an hour west of Nashville. It's a really beautiful spot, right on a river, lots of trees and rolling hills. The only existing structures were a barn and a couple cabins. I spent the weekend working on a geodesic dome. It's roughly 30'-40' in diameter and 30' tall. I was part of the crew that framed the circular platform on which the dome sits, assembled the dome structure, and got the dome covered. The last piece of the covering went on just after dark on Saturday night, and it was so great to stand outside and see it glowing from the lights inside. What a cool structure! Another crew got a 2-story sleeping quarters framed and under roof in just two days. And a third crew spent the weekend cutting trails and clearing brush. As you might expect, the evenings were filled with lots of bass playing. Victor put on a small show Friday night, he did 20-30 minutes of his stuff. What a great experience to see that up close and personal! And there was another guy, Bob, who was blowing some MEAN sax every night. He's a very sympathetic player, always looking to play WITH people instead of OVER people. I think there's a lot to be learned there. Anthony Wellington was there, too, I got to chat with him about his monstrous bass collection... wow! He and Victor are headed out on tour this week, catch 'em if you can! If you've never heard of the camp before, check this out: http://www.victorwooten.com/basscamp/ The fall camp has been cancelled because Victor will be on tour with Stanley and Marcus. But I know I'll be applying to go to the Spring '09 camp, and you should, too!! The application process will open up sometime this fall or winter.