Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen called summer camp the “greatest thing that ever happened” in an article on the Mercury News entitled “Brett Dennen and summer camp.”
“I started going there when I was 10,” Dennen said of Camp Jack Hazard in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in Dardanelles, California. “My second year, all I wanted to do was be a counselor and play at campfires. Camp was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.”
The article’s writer, Patrick Brown, remembered meeting Dennen shortly after arriving at the camp in 1997 and seeing his first Dennen concert around the campfire that evening.
“With a backdrop of a roaring campfire and another counselor by his side, he played ‘Fire and Rain,’ ‘Southern Cross,’ ‘Cat’s in the Cradle,’ ‘Across the Great Divide’ and many other songs I instantly loved. By the end of every week, even the toughest kids and counselors were singing along teary-eyed.”
Brett was loved at camp for more than just his abilities around the campfire, Brown recalls.
“The kids loved him,” he wrote. “At lunch, they’d sometimes chant ‘Turtle!’ and Dennen would do a spot-on turtle impression eating a plate of lettuce without his hands.”
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