Now if you have already seen my first posts about Papua New Guinea, you may start noticing a theme here!…beautiful children and jazz interaction!

Kids at concert in Mandalay

Or maybe you can tell what’s important and exciting to me?…it is a wonderful thing to play for kids who have no preconceived ideas of jazz music! It brings you back to the purity of the musical experience–the rhythm, the melody, harmony and back to the rhythm!

They were dancing in front of the stage and then ON the stage with us–it was literally rockin’ and the thought did cross my mind that the party might be too much for the temporary stage but all ended well.

The whole audience of 500-700 were grooving–people of all ages and backgrounds. It was a free, public concert. 500 people signed the guest book and there were about 100 people looking over the walls into the green yard where the stage was set up.

Here is a picture of one of the people we connected with…she is a young poet who was inspired to give me a gift of one of her poems!

Mandalay Poet

After hearing my recitation of the poem “Alone” by Maya Angelou over my musical composition of the same name she copied her poem and presented it to me after the concert.

The poem, entitled “Man and his Responsibilities” was written in her first year of school. Here it is:

Take it or leave it, you have a choice.

Sleep it or spend it, your long cold night.

Try it or stop it, your dangerous flight.

Lose it or catch it, as you like.

But the result is responsible to you.

The things will come, you cannot refuse.

Life is a mirror, and it’s plain one, too.

Reflection will come right up to you.

Mandalay, Myanmar, 2010

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