Shanghai or Bust

Thursday, February 16, 2006


So , Here I am at the Laundromat cleaning all my bedding so that my room will be ship shape at the time of my departure . My cell phone rings showing a California phone number . " hello " .
" Glenway , It's David "
" Who ? "
" David Donald "

David Donald ! Now I don't expect that everyone who is reading this necessarily knows who David Donald is . I met David at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School in 1970 , We were in a play under the direction of Harriet Rogers , a fine acting teacher and a professional actor in her own right . We shared adjoining closets on the stage and would come out on occasion to perform what would best be described as a Mutt and Jeff schtick ' thing ' . First experiences can have a profound effect on relationships . To make a long story short , we have managed to keep our Mutt and Jeff schtick going on and off for some thirty five years combining with variation of the game musical chairs . I cannot count the number of musical collaborations we have had over the years and there are projects that I wouldn't necessarily want to bring up without changes a lot of names and other facts .

" David . I can't hear you very well in hear . Damn cell phones . What are you doing in California ? "

'I'm not in California I'm in th643a9ui]1[j d "

" Wait. What ? Let me go outside . What ? "

" I'm in Thailand ! "

So David Donald is in Thailand . He is Playing Bass in a mostly original Rock Band whose members are mostly From New Hampshire . The Band is opening up for everyone famous who bops through town and are working on an original album . Also , he has fallen in love with a beautiful Thai girl named Cha Cha . WOW . wouldn't believe it if I read it on a Blog !

He has a work permit in Thailand but has to go out of the country to renew it so I might end out seeing him in Shanghai .

Back to the point . Stay focused this is Shanghai or bust not the David Donald Fan-club Website. I am going to Shanghai to play music . Hopefully Myrick and I will be enormously successful . God knows we deserve it . Both of us have been playing music most of our lives . A lot is on the line here. I have invested time and resources to get there . Which leads me to this pledge . I will not go to Shanghai and fall in love with a beautiful Chinese girl . I will not go to Shanghai and fall in love with a beautiful Chinese girl . I will not move go to Shanghai and ,......... Will I ? I hope not ???????????????????????????????????

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

For Sale - American Piano player

I am the next big import to China . I come fully equipped : Hepatitis A inoculation , 230 bucks , 2 bottles of Pepto bismal
$6.37 , Air travel ticket round trip on United Airlines 1,350 bucks, American made music amplifier 1.400 bucks pickup , $100 , Strings $100 and that thing you just can't buy , me !

As well as making the purchases noted above I have had to make the usual preparations for a long trip . Time consuming tedious and not worthy of details .

Hopefully while I am over there I can find gainful employment , legal of coarse , playing music .( I have been led to believe that there is a vital Music scene in Shanghai .) In this way , I will do evan more to stem the economic tsunami we call China . Bring our money back where it belongs , in the good old U S of A .

There is a danger that I could be musically cloned .The Chinese would study every aspect of my style then unleash on America one thousand Chinese piano players that sounded exactly like I sounded at that particular time . Frozen in time by the will of the chinese collective conscience . Then , on my return to this country , I will be ridiculed and scorned for having become a chinese clone piano player . I'll try to explain , ' But they are all copying me ! I am the original ! I swear it . ' People will laugh , look at me with pity , turn away in disgust . Scarry . Maybe I will just play ragtime

I wonder about what I am going to miss from this country . Maybe I should import more of these things to China . Beyond my personal needs of coarse . Maybe an american products super store in China would go over big . AMERIMART .We can sell cheese and maple syrup and Ketchup and ....... do the Chinese know how to make a good hot dog ?