We are the World..
The past month was super busy in terms of travelling…I think I may still have a slight case of Jet lag, but the show must go on!
I had the priviledge of travelling to Japan/Singapore/SriLanka and Australia. During my travels, I learnt about various cultures and places, made some new discoveries, recognized how similar-yet different we all are, and made a critical validation of that one thing that was a common element to all of us… Music – we all love music no matter where we live or what we do.
Take for instance, a place like Singapore, where it’s typically appreciated for it’s east-meet-west type scene. It has a fairly obvious British Colonnial influence, but has become what it is because it took it’s course and found it’s own destiny. There are folks who speak Chinese, Malay and Tamil with English being fairly common amongst all. So I hit the local Starbucks (not a good idea as it’s double the price there!), and I hear music that is American or European. There was Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber, and the usual culprits, but my man Gotye certainly was stealing some serious airwaves! Bravo! I go to the local music store and there was one fine Fender guitar and the guy could not stop talking about Richard Marx.. ok. fine, perhaps a man of the 90s but hey, one serious talent! I walked over to the Indian temple and there were Indian classical instruments played at the temple – it certainly found a peaceful place in my ears! The next visit was SriLanka (and no, im not going to bore you with all the other destinations), but what was hilarious was when a 26 seater mini-van picked me up from one of the local airports, there came the music Boney-M baby! “Rivers of Babylon” to be precise… now, this was one of the tunes I first self taught myself on how to play it on Piano, but 20 something years later, it just pops on as soon as I landed there, and to my contentment, the van driver was certainly doing more than tapping his feet, enjoying that ear candy! After checking out some local musicians play native instruments such as Tabla, Nadaswaram and Thavil, I think I may have given myself a challenge to perhaps collaborate with them in the future.!
So my take on this experience is that music really makes the world go by..to me, melody can be in any language, but good melodies soothe the ears, great melodies transform our feelings. The words certainly add a story and obviously there are so many stories that can be written about… music is our common language, no matter how different or crazy we all are! Peace.