The June 2009 New Zealand tour was no less splendid than the very first time I visited 4 tours ago. This beautiful country has so much to offer that I can literally find something creative to do each day. 


Past trips have included a climb up a sleeping volcano (Mount Taranaki, also known as Mount Egmont), a secret rendezvous with Blue and Yellow-Eyed Penguins, a stroll on the beach hosting the miraculous Moeraki boulders, dramatic ferry rides between the islands, and a gift of my hand into the mouth of a Ram.

While in New Plymouth on this tour, I feverishly competed in games of Chess with a retired pig farmer, visited (and played) Invercargill – hometown of the famed land speed Bonneville Salt Flats champion Burt Munro, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the film, “The World’s Fastest Indian”,, traveled to Queenstown (where daredevils are aptly named), stopped by the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, home to the original 43-metre Bungy Jump (showed up too late to try it – shucks), and put a tank full of Diesel fuel in a gas-only rental car.


I did get around to playing concerts and conducting workshops over the course of four weeks in 14 different venues, with enthusiastic responses all around. As my occupation grants me the opportunity to travel the world meeting the Earth’s people, I am further convinced that music is the universal language.


Originally posted 2009-08-05 17:54:39.