The sky fell down the moment she walked on stage. Throughout the concert, tears mingled with rain drops as my feet sank deeper and deeper into the mud that was forming. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall took on a whole new meaning. She started off with Freight Train though, an opening that was “all about the guitar”, simple, modest, sweet and beautiful. And it was lovely to see K and the other M again (who didn’t get the chance to offer her services as violinist to Joan, unfortunately).
My host lives in a studio in some wee island of artists, and I slept on a loft bed hand-made of tree branches. I went to two cafés where you pay what you think your drink is worth, which is a lovely way to make coffee for people. There’s a rather aggressive and violent left scene in the area as well though, and we once walked past heavily protected policemen who were running out of howling cars to meet a group of hooded figures fighting for a squat. It’s just another example for a way of concentrating on what’s wrong to bring about change, rather than spraying smileys all over town (something a German street artist’s done in Hamburg). I wonder what a week of exclusively good news in the papers and tele would do to us, just as perhaps you thought about what more encouragement and recognition could effect on a ship.
Before I left the island, we were invited onto a research boat, the Aldebaran, where we met a handful of rather desperate, unemployed biology graduates, and a skipper who’s done quite some interesting travelling and thinking on that boat. He told us about a journey where a scientist on board accidentally discovered that one of the algae they’d collected was an effective remedy against the HIV virus. He didn’t find a job in Germany and now works somewhere in the Middle East or so, because who wants any medicine that would cost peanuts (besides the millions who could be cured, that is)? He also compared the global economy to the uncontrolled, exponential growth in any biological system. Our economy has cancer.
My request for “Simple Song of Freedom” was taken up by the band at a big yearly celebration of the national park on the other hand, which I perceive as a great success.
Dicker Schmatzer von T, as she’s leaving this summer’s Joan Germany as well