What would you feel if you have chance to be spoiled with things that make you feel nothing but happiness?
Excited. In love. Being with best friends. Adrenaline. Endorphine. Jump. Sing. Laugh. Dance. Letting go. Feel free. Ah, what a weekend!
When 7 March was noted as the public holiday, as the Balinese Hindu believers turned off all the lights, speeches and sounds for the Nyepi - day of silence, I jumped into earliest flight from Banda Aceh to Jakarta. I was in the crowd, celebrating love, music and friendship in the whole long weekend, 7, 8, 9 March 2008. Yes, the Java Jazz!
Nina Tamam apparently had the similar story as mine, on how she discovered Dian PP's music since she was a little girl. And not like me, who was roaming as close as possible to the stage with my Nikon D40x (very amateur ya? :p), she was there next to Dian PP, singing one of his song as a dedication. Well, I am happy enough to play with my Nikkor lens and got some not-so-bad photos with big resolutions. Like the following:
I didn't miss any of Incognito's concerts. the first and the last day, Still A Friend of Mine brought me to the groove of friendship. One by one, Deep Water, Always There, Everyday, Nights over Egypt flew, and I was so much in the groove and the "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing" positive spirit. The nice surprises showed up in the second show. Maysa Leak performed with her cool-groovy style, and an Indonesian girl inspired by her, Dira from Bandung, was invited to sing with them. I first saw Dira in Dwiki Darmawan's performance on the second day, and she was good. Sayang ya, kok kalah gaung sama penyanyi lain yang lebih ecek-ecek. Go on, Neng Dira! ;-)
My favorite part was always when Bluey greeted us. I love the way he talked about his childhood in the Mauritius.
"Where is your trouble?"
"It's at my back, like my shadow."
Then, we moved on the dance for "goes for you, goes for me, goes everyone... we are the morning sun!" :) Thanks Bluey, for the inspiration!
Another favorite part of Incognito's performance is when he introduced all the band, mentioning their country of origin. Tony, Imaani, Joy, Francis, Matt, Richard, Sid, Trevor, Paul ... ah, you were all great! And Bluey, you are really the star when you reminded us of One Love.
However, with so many good options, after all it was about enjoying different atmosphere from one hall to another. I was proud of Indonesian musicians too. Syaharani caught my senses in the very first afternoon. After her show then we started to familiarize ourselves with 19 show stages. Only I was a little disappointed by Dewi Sandra. She was not bad, but so not ready for Jazz. I couldn't feel her show flew into the comfortable ambience.
and, daysofagirl always says:
SAY YES TO JAZZ, SAY NO TO DRUGS!