For years, I’ve dreamed of traveling to a random place – preferably in the Caribbean – and pack a special tool to help find a deeper understanding of how local life really lives. I’m talking about a clarinet.
And next week, I’m going to St Lucia, and I’m packing a clarinet. And I’m going to make a video about what happens.
Yes, absolutely I’ll see the beaches, I’ll climb the mountains, I’ll see live jazz at its annual jazz festival, I’ll ride in boats, I’ll eat some fish, I’ll look at volcanoes and old French forts, I’ll re-read the delicious words of St Lucian poet Derek Walcott.
And I’m betting $5 – delivered to the first person who calls me out if I fail (and I might) – that I can get more of an understanding of St Lucia with that woodwind than anything else.
Plus I might learn some scales.
But first, I need your help. I don’t know what to call this whole thing. Any thoughts about these three?
What do you think?
Oh, did you know that Mozart said, of all instruments, that the clarinet tone most resembled the human voice? And hence – yes, I’m stretching it a bit here – no device then can better transmit local voice than one?
Meanwhile, listen to Mozart’s greatest clarinet hit:
Note: I’ll be a guest at the jazz festival with the help of St Lucia Tourism