MAX COLLEY III
Some pictures from Johan
I've made it to Tokyo next stop Chicago. What is this thing called sleep. Johan shared some of his pictures with us. Glad he was there to document. He still needs some help with photoshop as I still looked bald and the camera puts on 30 pounds on me. LOL
Day 14 & 15
Travel days! Got up at 9:00 am flew from Bali to Jakarta. Long lay over and will fly to Japan, then Chicago, then Detroit! My amazing friend Steve will be picking me up. He also has made this trip possible by being Mia's caretaker while I was gone. She'll be mad when I get home but not as mad as if Steve and fam didn't stop by to give her love. Thanks you guys.
Said good bye to as Johan called us the legendary trio! LOL Such a great time and will do some more reflections soon!
I have made it to Tokyo. Found this reading lounge and I know Talia would have loved that!
We closed our trip with a great day of food and fellowship and a set at the Ritz Carlton. The travel days begin! I will reflect on this amazing tour in hours or days to come based on internet access. LOL All non selfie pictures that I'm involved in either group pictures or pictures where I'm playing are by are documentarian for the trip Johan Sung. A great artist in his own right. Thank you Johan!
Johan and I got up at 3 am to travel to Lahangan Sweet Viewpoint of Mount Agung. The best time to see it is at sunrise. it was a 2 hour drive from where we are. I was doing good although I barely slept, but man the road nearing it is so curvy I was getting motion sickness. I've only had that once before when I was driving on HWY 1 north of SF. I ended up on the Golden State Bridge and didn't know it because the whole way was fog. Anyways.... it was very reminiscent of that but I made it. Then Johan and I had to hike up a very steep path which was really muddy. We had the option of a jeep ride but it struggled as much as me. LOL All of it well worth the wait. Just one of those things I keep repeating here pictures don't do it justice. It was so beautiful and pleasant up there. We stopped at a few places on the way home that were also beautiful I had McDonalds for the first time and got an apple pie which like most places in the world except the USA, they are still deep fried. LOL I did make a video for my friend Khristen. He said I honored him well! Lol we concluded the evening sitting in at to Goro Goro Kitchen! I will miss Bali. Things are winding down. The hospitality of Denny and family have been incredible. It will be nice to get home to Mia but not the snow and taxes lol
Days 9-11 I think LOL
I've been having such a good time in Bali. Very humid but no complaints no snow, it's usually around 87 and humid. Denny and family have been feeding us constantly and it's all good! We have been doing some recording with local musicians and some workshops with students and have loved meeting all of them. Traffic is absolutely nuts yet (little less then Bali) Drummers bring their sets on their motorbikes which is the fastest way to get around. Continue to count my blessings!
Day 7 & 8
Today Denny took us to some incredible spots. His and his family's hospitality have been off the charts. The first place he took us was his new music store. I've been in a lot of music stores but as he explained rational behind the why's of everything he did, I continued to fall more and more in love with his store. So much of what I've dreamed about he was doing with this store. It was the same feeling I had visiting D'jazz. So many dreams I saw realized in these two places. Very cool! After we spent some time at his store we went to the beach. It was incredible beauty and all my pictures very much pail in comparison to the reality of my eyes. My first glimpse was actually seemed like a slice of heaven and immediately thought of Talia and thought how much she would love this and thought maybe she is and that made me really happy. It was so relaxing and the people were so nice and the food was really good. It was hard to leave. we then made a quick trip to this famous statue and then off to see this authentic dance. But the views from this spot were unbelievable. We also got to see the two planets which I was bummed I missed back home so happy to see them here. Then there were the monkeys. Oh my! lol I had read about monkeys in some of the other countries but when I cut my trip short I thought that was the end. Well I saw most likely 100 of them. You think you are out of the way and then you find you are not. I did not have any issues but many others did. One almost ran over my foot but that was it. Anyways it was cool to see them but I don't really need to do that again! LOL We didn't go to see them, they just live there! It was so kind of Denny to show us around today! Driving still nuts but not as bad as Jakarta although we did see the results of a pretty bad accident. Great day! Day 8 all we did was eat then ate some more! LOL Thank you Lord for meeting so many amazing people and seeing your beautiful creation!
We went to a different part of Jakarta today and I had a really great day working with the students there. A lot of special moments. Their ensembles performed for us, and Lisa, Tom, and I would take turns giving brief comments. I had to get my old band director hat on, but was just like getting on a bike! LOL They had a choir/recorder class that learned my favorite things and then sang a blues for us. Then a band, jazz band, orchestra, and traditional instrument class that all performed for us. Then we played for them, and it seemed like the right setting to do what I call for cheap applause play drums and trumpet at the same time. I always apologize to the rest of the members of the band first because I have not mastered it yet but the kids loved it. LOL We were given a great lunch and then went and played for some 6th graders and they were so energetic with us. We really fed off that. I got some kids up to scat sing and then picked one student to do a little thing I do with question and answer (that I think I learned with Wess) and her name was Siena which is the name of a tune Tom wrote. He told the story behind it which has to do with the town I think he proposed to his wife in remotely, (ask him for the story) but as he told it and the romance behind it the girls all were oohing lol We were not going to do that tune but decided to do it for her then Tom gave her the piece of music and she was crying , then we were crying, lol it was just a lot of fun. Then we quick went to the classroom of one of Lisa's former students from Calvin, and did a quick question and answer with the kids and learned the world is smaller sometimes and people and kids are more alike than we think. One of the students who was very talented and played violin and actually arranged the orchestra arrangement they played for us was asking about careers in music and all the insecurities that come with that and I was like hmmm just like in America. She was very sweet. Then we went to one of Lisa's friends house from NJ now working at this school. She was very kind and we all tried some charcoal ice cream that was great. Then headed to the airport and got into Bali! We've been waiting for a segment that CNN Indonesia did on Lisa but there was a big fire and a fuel dispensary that was breaking news. But after our day today it randomly came on as I was getting ready for bed so quick got my phone and video as much as I could. So that is the still picture.
Sure Day 4 lol kind of 5
We spent the day today at D'Jazz Indonesia. They have been so hospitable. I could relate to our guides because they basically treated me like I tried to treat all our guests at MSU. Everyone was so kind! Had a really fun workshop and concert. Played with some of the kids here and they really can play. So encouraging. The space here at D'Jazz is incredible and they have such a beautiful heart and mission. The musicians that joined us the last couple of days were so great both personally and musically. Traffic is still nuts! LOL Lisa won't even sit in the front seat. It's really nuts. Mama Lisa got us all Korean food today. I think Tom said he stopped counting after he saw 70 dishes on the table. LOL It was great! Thank you Lisa! Tom and I are having a lot of laughs. Meeting all kinds of fun and kind folk. Lisa was interviewed by CNN Indonesia. I've had fun getting to know one of Lisa's sons more who is doing a great job documenting the tour. The brownie was my breakfast at my normal 4:30 am wake up call but I'll leave that there. LOL About to go teach for the day and then off to fly to Bali tonight.
We'll call it Day 3
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I'm so tired! LOL Pretty relaxing day. Had our first musical experience in Indonesia tonight. We met and shared the stage with Eliezer Robby and Dion Janaparia. Both very good musicians and both very nice. They came prepared and learned all the music mostly originals and arrangements by Lisa. Jazz really is the universal language! The hospitality by Soundtrip and D'Jazz has been just great! Thank you so much! Thank you Lisa and Tom for letting me be a part of this one in a lifetime adventure! Going to bed! More to come! LOL
Max Colley III
Spirit Filled Jazz Musician