25.07.2010 - 25.07.2010
Some of the best days happen buy accident and today was one of those days. We’d only come to Guangzhou as a stepping-stone to Xia’men so the plan was to plan nothing. It was chill out time.
We read that the Shaiman island was the place to chill out, so after a breakfast of Frosties in the room, we headed down to the metro and onto the island. The island was beautiful other than all the building work going on. On the waterfront we sat on a circle of chairs next to a guy playing the accordion. After 10 minutes a guy on a bike turned up with a guitar on his back, he soon joined in with the accordion player. “Looks like we have a river side concert going on,” I joked. Then another guy who we’d taken no notice of suddenly pulled out a harmonica and just started jammin’. Bikes turned up and guys pulled out instruments, within 30 minutes there were nine guys playing every type of instrument. Sax, trumpet, maracas and some that I’d never seen before.
It turns out the clave player had failed to turn up, although strangely, his claves hadn’t. I can only put this down to coincidence that I was the clave player in the school percussion band when I was nine years old. I may have mentioned this to a dude with a mic, the claves were thrust into my hand and the mic was trusted into Sarah’s hand. “Where you from?” we were asked buy a guy in silver trousers and white socks.
“We have England-song!”
It turns out the song was Danny Boy, but I suppose when you’re in China its pretty close to an England-song.
Sarah sang along side a Chinese woman and I claved away. I must admit it was bit odd to hear two people singing Danny Boy, one in Chinese and one in English. Sarah made up the words she didn’t know, but no one seemed to notice.
We spent nearly four hours jamming in the park with our new band of friends.
On the way home we saw an Ikea, “do you think they do Swedish meat balls?” asked Sarah with excitement in her eyes. They did, and they were great!