Posted on mai 18, 2011 in News, State of McMind | 14 comments

I’ve decided, for better or for worse, to write what might be termed a ‘blog’ for the website. The decision to do this comes as a result of my own belief that the more personal I am with the people who identify with me in some way, the more I identify with them, and the more universal we become. It’s the same in music. Listening to music is an intimate act, just as playing music is intimate, and at the same time it’s universal. But it’s only through personal identification with the other, that we’re able to see through the eyes, or hear through the ears of another. In this way, I can eventually identify with the rest of humanity. Through the personal to the universal. And, I believe, with an identity with humanity, I can become part of the solution instead of being part of the problem. No need for explanations here.

 

I was in Africa with my family recently, we’d been invited to go on Safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana. This was one of the greatest experiences in my life, and something I could never have imagined. We were in an area called Okavango Delta which is roughly  17,000 to 18,000 square Kms. It’s a land that hasn’t changed in hundreds of thousands of years, and I had the sense that I was in the garden of Eden. Not in the biblical sense, but in the sense that this is how the earth was for many millions of years before we humans came along. Even though many of the animals live in a state of eat and/or be eaten, there’s an irresistible sense of ancient peace and harmony that I had not expected.  The people we met reflected this harmony in their way of life. Very peaceful, lots of laughter and a certain kind of serenity. We saw two paved roads is 10 days, and apart from that, travel is by 4 x 4 or small planes. Only thing was we had to arrive at the airstrip before the plane arrived so we could chase the baboons and giraffes away from the landing strip…

I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit Africa. I’ve never had the chance to play there even though some of the roots of my own music can be traced back there through the the great cultural contribution America made to the world with Jazz. Maybe one day…