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Objective: This newsletter came out of my experiences
dealing in a new culture and a new history.
The purpose of the newsletter is to provoke serious thought about
musical art. What is it? Where should it
be going? In addition, what is going on
in China? I write about my personal
experiences and my thoughts about them.
China, or Shenzhen, is very confused now because they want
talent but they do not want to pay for it. For some reason they have so
much problem making a deal and keeping their word. It is worse than Mexico in Acapulco. As Randy Brecker told me one day
somehow in the Latin American counties the money always disappears. I know
Buddy Rich ran off with the payroll for a week and bought himself a car.
So much for the jazz business however here in China they want to move forward
but do not know how, or what really to do, they are so insecure and want to
protect their country in every little way. And they think they have a
right to steal from you if they can (the average businessman) the word standard
has very little meaning in culture here because the local people according to Shenzhens's Mayor have not any standard when it come to
The Hk China relation
problem is really out there. Two systems one country.
I think both the Hong Kong People and the People from China do not understand these
words. I laugh every time I hear this why doesn't China realize
they are just the same people as the people in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong
People are just the same people. I believe the leaders can create so many
problems for a country if they are not wise.
The good news for Hong Kong: The Government here is very proud of Hong Kong and they want
Shenzhen to grow like HK, but they have no idea how to do it. I am explaining
it to them when it comes to my music and creative art.
I learned in New York City from the musicians union that they could
care less about music. What is really funny the musicians have no real
interest in music also. Now, at the last years of my career at least I am talking about it
even if it cannot change it. As Lester Young said.
S.O.S (Same Old "You Know What"). It seems
even in HK when I was dealing a little with Gecko's it got so confusing because
one person said they wanted me to work there and the other owner said that he
was in charge of the music and therefore did not have to pay me because he did
not ask me. He told me this after the gig was over not during the gig.
Well if this is not a play on words I do not know what is. He sent me
e-mail this week asking me to take him off my mailing list. If my letters
bother you please ask me to cancel. OK!!!
Many years ago I decided
I would not play sessions anymore except maybe for a small audition so guys
could here me play.
The Music Business has
nothing to do with the purity of ART MUSIC.
I am sick of the racism,
commercialism, politics, and everything that has nothing to do with music in
the States. The David Lettermen Show is a good example of all this for
me. The sad thing for me is that for the most part everybody looks to the
States for leadership. If I can be a strong voice here or in
the States too for music that would make me happy. I am trying to
do that but do not know if it will work maybe they will reject me like they did
in Acapulco. In NYC I was ignored mostly, but I
did my thing. I was on TV for two years in New York talking about music development and
education. No one from the Government even try to notice my
viewpoint. What SOB as I see it. In Mexico it is written their constitution that one
is not allowed to give a negative opinion about anybody. The political in
fighting is really funny because no one talks about the other candidate they
just kill one another or kidnapped them.
China, The money they try to offer me is
laughable because it doesn't even begin to pay for my expenses in NYC or
here. They try to pay me local Chinese wages and never even consider the
expenses it takes to live here. I think this is so disrespectful to my
situation. If it wasn't for my money I could not even be here for a
minute. But I think if I can make something really happen here for our
music it will be worth it. Some days I want to get on an airplane and go
home. But to be a free lance musician in NYC doesn't appeal to me too
much either, because I would have to deal with the David Letterman mentality,
but now that my daughter is with her Mother I could be free to look for work
there and go out and be free to create a new life there. Anyway one year is not
enough time to make real changes here. So I will wait to see what
I am trying to practice everyday and
trying to be a performer on some kind of level anyway. Trying
to get my tone back on my instruments.
The HK scene seems very small and a
small group of musicians. They all seem very nice and love their
I asked a lot of
musicians for form a band a create some new group but
everybody is too busy and has no interest.
And opinion: Still
waiting to hear something positive. It seems when they say some things
positives (my employers) it turns negative again or no action just meaningless
talk. I hope I can learn to deal with this! I am not doing so well.
http://greghenrywaters.com/mp3/indexmp3.html I put and
hour or two of new music at my site. Standards and
Originals. The quality is not too bad.
is an art form but there is so much materialism in music.
It took me 40 or more years to learn
this. Music is a subject that is 2000 or
more years old.
Music is not entertainment but a serious
subject for me.
I have two jobs in Shenzhen but I cannot work because
the local government agent will not agree to a fare contract. Anyway, I think She
got the hotel to hire another group even though the hotel says they want
me. Another agent from HK said that the
hotel should look for another agent. Can anyone tell me the truth please? This has been going on for 6 weeks or
more. So thinking I have a job I just
wasted my time. Now I am making moves to
more forward. She also says the food and
beverage manager will not be there too long because they change them so often.
So why should She change her musicians? I am really
burned out over this. Plus the first
question I was asked from them was “how cheap will you work?” I got called to
play a gig by myself for Sunday for 300 RMB the taxi is over 100 RMB. The agent said, “I didn’t ask you to come to China?”
This is my business life here in Shenzhen.
I never was very good at business.
You should see the contract completely one sided. May be all contracts are completed one
sided! A friend said to me today I would
never deal with such people. My friends
tell me that the agent will look for ways to attack me even more if I write
It is a wrong when one cannot work because
of politics and not because of ability.
It is so wrong when ability means nothing in society. Even in NYC this
goes on at different levels. Does Paul
Shaffer represents real music from NYC. I hardly think so. David
Lettermen just one big commercial from my viewpoint. Anyway,
just food for thought.