Old maestro takes a smoke by the river in Changsha.

Old maestro takes a smoke by the river in Changsha.

Great crowd in Chongqing tonight!

Great crowd in Chongqing tonight!

To Chongqing!

To Chongqing!

We were lucky enough to visit The Great Wall after the Mid Autumn Moon festival. There was literally not a soul around and we were not quite prepared for the sheer tranquility and deep peacefulness which met us. Sometimes the mind boggles at the feats man has achieved, yet somehow it only highlights how reckless we are with our gifts. Music may have been devalued commercially in modern times, but I feel that in attempting to resonate with our higher potential, it’s role is as important as ever. If my songs, even on occasion, can serve to break down barriers, then that is enough for me. #TheGreatWall #journeys

We were lucky enough to visit The Great Wall after the Mid Autumn Moon festival. There was literally not a soul around and we were not quite prepared for the sheer tranquility and deep peacefulness which met us. Sometimes the mind boggles at the feats man has achieved, yet somehow it only highlights how reckless we are with our gifts. Music may have been devalued commercially in modern times, but I feel that in attempting to resonate with our higher potential, it’s role is as important as ever. If my songs, even on occasion, can serve to break down barriers, then that is enough for me. #TheGreatWall #journeys

I know it’s only Rock n Roll but I like it #beijing

I know it’s only Rock n Roll but I like it #beijing

Unplugged in Jianghu last night

Unplugged in Jianghu last night

We played our show totally unplugged last night. A beautiful experience which lent a different colour to the evening. Finally a day off today. Some time for just being. If some words come maybe I can finish new song “Beijing Morning” and debut it tomorrow.

We played our show totally unplugged last night. A beautiful experience which lent a different colour to the evening. Finally a day off today. Some time for just being. If some words come maybe I can finish new song “Beijing Morning” and debut it tomorrow.

Heading to Jianghu for tonight’s show after finding some green amongst the concrete.

Heading to Jianghu for tonight’s show after finding some green amongst the concrete.

Some impressions from my short stay in Beijing, this most fascinating of cities. There is an unmatched vibrancy, a great tide of movement, energy and activity, and, it seems, a great kindness at its heart. Where I am staying, in the Hutongs, there is a fascinating mix between very old ways of life, and modern stores and boutique shops. You can expect an invitation while walking home from a show, but tipping for food is not accepted. The people seem to have an innate musicality, and it feels there is a fascination with rock n roll and what it represents. One person told me that after the repression of 20th Century Communism, there is a space growing where new meanings are being explored. As well as a reconnecting with the Tao, Buddhism and Zen, Yoga centers are popping up and there is one Christian Church per district. The buzz of modernity combined with the changing place of venerated ways of life reminds me of a quotation from a book I read while studying for my thesis at university.

"To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and our world - and at the same time, that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are… To be modern is to be part of a universe in which, as Marx said, “all that is solid melts into air"

Marshall Berman
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity
For now, our residency continues nightly, and during the day we´re taking in all we can of Beijing - which is of course, just a fraction of a fraction. 
Writing the Journeys #2 - songs developing nicely! Please keep telling friends about it journeys EP 1 and if you would to order write to journeysep1@gmail.com. THANKYOU #friendsofjimkroft

Writing the Journeys #2 - songs developing nicely! Please keep telling friends about it journeys EP 1 and if you would to order write to journeysep1@gmail.com. THANKYOU #friendsofjimkroft

Sleeping quarters in #beijing

Sleeping quarters in #beijing

Boy racer on the way yo tonight’s show #beijing  #journeys

Boy racer on the way yo tonight’s show #beijing #journeys

#journeys #beijing

#journeys #beijing