It’s not just birthdays we’re excited about here at Benn loxo.
I’m getting married.
A few weeks ago while on the hike on a muddy path overlooking Tiger Leaping Gorge, below Jade Dragon Mountain, I proposed to the lovely Marie Louise Congo .. and she said yes.
It’s so wonderful to share these travels – this music – with someone so amazing. My international search for the Good Sound is no longer a solo affair.
After hiking the rest of the high trail, still a little stunned by it all, we spent the next few days in the Shaxi valley with Wu Yunxin and his wife. There we hung out at markets, taught at a primary school and hiked around ancient, Buddhist rock carvings in the surrounding mountains.
If you ever make it to a Shaxi valley Friday market – and you should – you’ll see many colourfully-dressed Yi women selling their wares. Though the Bai people dominate the population of the Shaxi valley towns, the Yi come down on market days from their secluded mountain villages.
I picked-up some Yi music recorded by Laurent Jeanneau of Kink Gong while in Dali a few days later. Although the people of the Yi sub-group who he recorded aren’t the same as those we met in the Shaxi valley, they’re part of the same ethnic minority. Plus, appropriately, they sing several songs about marriage.
Louise, think of this as a musical toast to our future. I love you.china, shaxi, yi, yunnan