Regoor die wêreld in 'n jaar - Hoe reis het my musiek beïnvloed
We found a One World explorer ticket that allowed us to travel thru 4 continents (3 stop-offs each continent) over the course of a year, heading East to West with no turning back. Being mostly city dwelling folks we were in need of the basics like a tent, sleeping bags, stove etc - these items became our mobile-boho-home for at least the first 3-4 months of travel thru the Pacific: particularly in Kauai (Hawai'i), New Zealand and Australia which all proved to be great places to backpack and budget effectively. When you travel there are so many factors that make up the bigger picture, sure enough you set out to see things that are famous for their natural beauty or for how ancient they are etc but it was the people we met along the way that was an unexpected gift. Reducing ourselves to travel by foot with our whole life on our back was part beatnik-retro-fantasy-homage and part madness. I sometimes look back and wonder how we made it safely round the world. There were countless 'angels' along the way who picked us up in our darker moments and helped us find food and shelter. Kauai alone is a whole universe unto itself with full-on communities hidden away happily in the forests and along the wild beaches, also Golden Bay in New Zealand.
Hoe pas ek 'n jaar in die wêreld in 'n paar paragrawe? Elke been van die reis was soos 'n aparte leeftyd. Indonesië, gevolg deur Thailand, Kambodja, Indië, Nepal was een lang mistieke droom - ons is dronk deur die ou kulture, die eerbied vir iets groter as hulself, die skoonheid en eenvoud en is nog steeds die komplekse geskiedenis.
As mentioned earlier, I had hit somewhat of a crossroads with music and the journey had been partly a self-enforced chance to rewrite my life, I had started out wanting to forget music and do something different, and yet as I traveled I felt the music pulse in me stronger than ever - South East Asia was a tipping point - the cultures have such a strong connection to music, its everywhere you go - in the temples, on the streets - people would invite us over for dinner in their shack or compound and all the family members would be playing music of some kind or another. A momentous point was climbing thru the night to the top of Mount Agung (Bali) with the kids from an ashram we were staying at - as the sun rose above us we reached the peak, a kid handed me his acoustic guitar and gestured me to stand on the top where I played a song that later became "The Great Unknown" from my record "Arise" - it felt like a pivotal moment. "Arise" is the CD I recorded once I returned to the US. In hindsight, I'm not sure how "worldly" the record sounds but I know lyrically its all about digging a little deeper and going that extra mile, beyond doubt and fear, to do something extraordinary. Another song, "Human Race", chronicles the travels a little more literally. Things aren't always pretty and the universal struggle that most human beings are engaged in could not be ignored and was reflected on my follow up EP, "Time is Now" on the title track plus the song, "What I Feel".
Daar was ook Italië, Engeland, Brasilië, Peru - te veel plekke oor hier te skryf. All in all, ek het om te sê ek sien nog maniere waarop die reis effekte my nou - as ek werk op 'n nuwe rekord, dit se invloed is meer teenwoordig as ooit oor die komende liedjies soos "advies van 'n rock". In sommige maniere kan die reis te veel wees vir die meeste mense om te verteer, wat verstaanbaar is, en het onlangs met 'n ander liedjie-skrywer sit, het sy cajoled 'n meer gebruiker-vriendelike liriek oor die reis in 'n ander opkomende liedjie genaamd "Die gelukkige Song".
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