Shanghai or Bust

Friday, January 20, 2006

I'm Leaving on a jet Plane

Hi out there all you music freaks and who ever else might find this sort of stuff interesting . Yes it is true . I am going to go to Shanghi . Winters on Cape Cod are long and sometimes cold and if we are lucky we will get three feet of snow and everyone will feel O.K. about staying home from work , sitting in front of the wood stove and drinking hot chocolat .I have been in the habit of driving south for the winter and seeking out musical opportunities / experiences in New Orleans . The gods have conspired against me .
By some coincidence or twist of fate or some freaky quantum event who's laws are yet to be understood my stepfather Hugh with my mother in tow then my sister both visited Shanghai this fall for un related reasons . Both of them visited with my old friend Myrick who has been living over there for I don't want to think about how many years . Well , on and off all his adult life Myrick has been a student of the jazz bass .(for all you non musicians out there I wish to make you aware of the fact that all real musicians remain students of the craft for their entire life . My Karma for being a slacker in school . ) To make a long story short , he said that it was very possible that I would be able to work over there and it looks like he will have some time off from his 'Real" job to play a lot of music .
Since I have been considering going there I have been paying attention in the media and elsewhere to things China . These days you can hardly avoid it . I used to say sarchasticly , 'Why bother going to China ? Walmart is just down the street ",Be that comment scary of funny I don't know . A little of both . One thing is certain . China's influence is reshaping our the world and ourcountry allong with it . If Americans do not frame their thinking in a global perspective this country will be washed over by forces no one can control .
So it is with great exitement and a tinge of trepidation that I obtain a visa , buy a plane ticket and wonder what I am going to do with the weighty pile of loose ends strewn in front of me going out in all directions ;a waist land of half things and dirty laundry .
SHANGHAI OR BUST