It´s hard to conceive of a city like Chongqing. At around 33 million it is over half the size of the UK - one city. As I drove through it my imagination couldn´t quite grasp its vastness, or make sense of the endless tower blocks dominating the horizon. You get a different sense of what it means to be a human when surrounded by such immensity. When you multiply that with the universe inside every human being then its strikes you that maybe you´ve had your first understanding of how to grasp the concept of infinity. Anyway, each of the worlds inhabited by people is complex and special. And playing here, somewhere which to me before had been nowhere, I felt a great joy. The show was the biggest we played in China and we felt the connection that we had with our audience in Beijing - just on a bigger scale. We played twice before moving on, and I hope that one day soon I can return to this city of concrete and spirit.

The return of D.I.Y.

The return of D.I.Y.

One of the most entertaining things about being in China is that every local you meet is baffled by the idea that you might not speak fluent Chinese. It was something I found completely charming, as well as causing a lot of laughter each day. For some reason waiters and taxi drivers are particularly impatient when it comes to linguistic incompetence, and I took great joy in chronicling Ben´s British politeness attempting to navigate through the beautiful chaos of China….

China Clip #2  - I met this maestro while on my way to play a show at Jianghu. I didn´t have my guitar in its case because I got bored of carrying it everywhere. He seemed to like this & to be asking for me to play a song - so I did. And the more I played more excited and the more he danced and the wider my smile grew. It may have been Communist China, but he felt about as free in spirt as anyone I´ve ever met.

Ben and I arrived in China off the back of a 25 hour journey from Berlin to Moscow to Novobirsk in Siberia then arriving in Vladivostok where we played 3 shows before flying to Beijing directly from where we went directly when to Modern Sky festival. It was a quite a full on a beginning, and this picture was taken just after playing the Modern Sky stage - just behind us. We were jetlagged, hungover and unsure about what time zone we were in , but just happy to be in motion & living. 

Ben and I arrived in China off the back of a 25 hour journey from Berlin to Moscow to Novobirsk in Siberia then arriving in Vladivostok where we played 3 shows before flying to Beijing directly from where we went directly when to Modern Sky festival. It was a quite a full on a beginning, and this picture was taken just after playing the Modern Sky stage - just behind us. We were jetlagged, hungover and unsure about what time zone we were in , but just happy to be in motion & living. 

"Coarse rice for food, water to drink, and the bended arm for a pillow - happiness may be enjoyed even in these" Confucius

"Coarse rice for food, water to drink, and the bended arm for a pillow - happiness may be enjoyed even in these" Confucius

Photo taken on Big Sur

Photo taken on Big Sur

Waiting for the Gods
Truth is I don´t know where I´m going next,I look ahead, no view where the sun might setYet I know these feet must take me farAs evening surrenders to the starsThere´s a crossroad of which many speak,There´s a devil there that I must to meet, And I don´t know if I will survive Till I´ve met his gaze with steady eye And their ain´t no use in waiting for the Gods to save meAnd their ain´t no use waiting in waiting for our time to comeAnd their ain´t no use in waiting for the Gods to save meCause I must walk this road to make it home And there ain´t no use in waiting for the Gods
There are many miles to walk aheadFlesh is weary, feet has turned to leadAnd our faith is only what we makeOf walking forward hand in hand with fate

Waiting for the Gods

Truth is I don´t know where I´m going next,
I look ahead, no view where the sun might set
Yet I know these feet must take me far
As evening surrenders to the stars

There´s a crossroad of which many speak,
There´s a devil there that I must to meet, 
And I don´t know if I will survive 
Till I´ve met his gaze with steady eye 

And their ain´t no use in waiting for the Gods to save me
And their ain´t no use waiting in waiting for our time to come
And their ain´t no use in waiting for the Gods to save me
Cause I must walk this road to make it home 
And there ain´t no use in waiting for the Gods

There are many miles to walk ahead
Flesh is weary, feet has turned to lead
And our faith is only what we make
Of walking forward hand in hand with fate
"An old man in love is like a flower in winter" Chinese Proverb

"An old man in love is like a flower in winter" Chinese Proverb

"When the works of Tolstoy, Balzac, and Dickens arrived in the local bookstore for the first time, this caused as much sensation as if today a pop star were sighted in some celebrity-deprived suburb: everyone ran to spread the word and craned their necks to see"
Yu Hua writing about the discovery of previously banned books after the Cultural Revolution ended in 1977. I took the photo on my last day in Shanghai. Wonderful experiences pass too quickly just as terrible epochs last too long….thank God books always find a way to survive regardless of how many crazy men attempt to ban, burn or boycott them!

"When the works of Tolstoy, Balzac, and Dickens arrived in the local bookstore for the first time, this caused as much sensation as if today a pop star were sighted in some celebrity-deprived suburb: everyone ran to spread the word and craned their necks to see"

Yu Hua writing about the discovery of previously banned books after the Cultural Revolution ended in 1977. I took the photo on my last day in Shanghai. Wonderful experiences pass too quickly just as terrible epochs last too long….thank God books always find a way to survive regardless of how many crazy men attempt to ban, burn or boycott them!