A long view…

Place of dying Talking to my drum teacher whilst I was making a djembe with him, he mentioned that he had always thought that he would die in Mali. Cos that’s were he grew up, that’s where he is from. But now he has family in Australia, he believes he will die here. And he…

Diving in…reflecting on reflections.

I am drawn to reflections…to the reflected images on other surfaces.  Trees on still water. Lights on wet roads. City lights on the Yarra.  I try to get the perfect photo that reflects these reflections back at me from the screen of my phone. It is as if there is a secret, parallel world behind…

Drumming as an analogy for life

I realise as I drive home from what is probably my 15th, or 16th or possibly even more, drum camp over a roughly 12 year period that drumming has taught me a lot about life. As well as the obvious joy of learning a musical instrument, drumming teaches respect, humility, patience, strength, pride, and so…

Resilient

Resilient – able to recover quickly from adversity and misfortune. We arrived in Hoi An, Vietnam in December 2016 just twelve hours after the flood waters had receded. The flood was from a storm event rather than the regular monsoonal rains. The locals said this was not seasonal. It had been 3 years since Hoi…

No Retreat

The traffic in Vietnam can be seen as a metaphor for life. Vietnamese traffic has its own set of rules and to successfully cross the road one must watch and observe and learn what the local patterns are. You cannot go to a country such as Vietnam and expect to apply the same rules that…

Collection

  Collection   noun  col·lec·tion              : the act or process of getting things from different places and bringing them together