Tomorrow I travel again to Hong Kong as we move into the tenth year of our work in the region. It is a strange time to leave this country. This was Fridays poem.Well. The day goes on, the cars keep driving past my door and the cats are eating their food.
I am changed.
Another phase of my life has finished and another begins as the context within which I work and live is different.
This is hard.
It is always hard.
But then, I have it easy - I have a job, money, friends and family and I also have belief in things that are greater than my own personal stuff.
I have values.
Yet I am changed again
I don't know at this moment what that means
Time will slowly tell
Over the next week in that extraordinary and vibrant city of people from all over the world, I am performing, planning, training and meeting.
Performing with friends for the opening of the Umbrella Festival on the 17th (www.umbrellafest.com)
Planning 2 large songwriting projects with people in various districts of the city with colleagues from CCCD (http://www.cccd.hk)
Training songmakers for the projects and running an evening called Community Music in Action at APA (www.hkapa.edu).
Then meetings with collaborators from Shenzen and Macau looking at followups to last years work, with the organisers of the massive Clockenflap Festival (http://www.clockenflap.com) talking about shows and workshops in November, with Selena and Samson (both coming for placements at More Music over the summer) and with my great friend Chi Chung at HKU (http://www.hku.hk).
Escape? No. But a little distance to think about how to gather the energy that has been rocketing around our networks since the terrible election result. Keeping spirits up and thinking about a positive future. Isn't that what we do.
I am thankful that I work in a sector and with people who want to make a difference. And that difference is about equality and truth and friendship.