As I told you previously, I was a perpetual traveler evading forced military conscription in Eritrea. That was my life for the past three years but the situation has been resolved recently. I have a work visa in Saudi Arabia now and I could go back there to take a job that pays well.. but I find a big discontent in doing that because I will have to compromise both my freedom and values.
I’ve been in the Philippines for a little over a month now. I was supposed to fly back to saudi Arabia in late November but the discontent was driving me crazy and I just couldn’t sleep. I went ahead and canceled the flight. I decided to stay in Manila for three months to figure things out.
This blog had started originally as a support for my efforts to make a music album, something I had wanted to do for years now. Now, I finally released my first music project, Land of Broken Dreams, last year. Other than that, I had been wanting to combine my love for travel and music together.. and my concept used to confuse my friends.. (what does traveling the world have to do with you wanting to record an album, or resolving your statelessness?). My college friends assumed it’s best for me to find a way to return to the US and settle there but that’s not what I want anymore. Also, I think my blog visitors found novelty in my story but either couldn’t completely grasp what I was trying to do or how they could be part of it.
And then it hit me..
Why not make a quest to perform music in every country in Asia? I already have it on my life list to visit every country in Asia in the next 5 years.. so why not make a challenge out of it?
I know this is crazy.. but I’m going on a personal quest is to perform my music in every country in Asia before 2020. That’s about 50 countries in 5 years. I will travel to new places, connect with local musicians, practice my songs, and learn local songs, convince venues to let us play, then promote the event and perform in front of 100 people at least (I was a pretty damn good concert promoter in college), meet everyone after the show, and then repeat in the next city or next country. I will have my brother, who’s a film maker, film the journey as a YouTube documentary series.
I will go on this journey to expand my awareness of the world, learn from different musical cultures, and connect with people through music. I think my journey would be interesting because it will help people learn about different cultures and people, enjoy music, beautiful scenery and random travel moments , and feel inspired to go out and see the world or dare to do something different.
I think in this way, I can give people something clear/tangible with a structure, while still being able to travel to the places I want and pursue my passion for music. If anything is still confusing, please, I would love to hear your feedback.
To be honest, I feel intimidated when I look at the work load I have to do: quest planning, songwriting, working on my 2nd album, marketing my first album, building a YouTube channel, and building a blog. I also have to figure out a way to make money to travel with. But I know I got this!
Stay tuned for news on how things develop.. and a pilot episode, in the first country, the Philippines (hopefully sometime by April this year).