Today I have a guest blog from Jane Lowey, who is now back in the USA. My first meeting with Jane is mentioned in my previous blog post (Not Entirely Unmusical). Enjoy Jane’s thoughts below:
When asked by a friend back home what it was like to be traveling in Macedonia, I spontaneously replied, “It’s Rumi meets Zorba the Greek.”  All politics aside (and a thousand pardons please) but this really pointed to what I was experiencing. The songs I was singing were laced with Middle Eastern sounds and charged with a kind of longing and passion (Rumi).  And we sang them in robust, hospitable communities…willing to dance and drink well into the night (Zorba). The songs danced deliciously on the edge of two worlds — touching some old and big-hearted place in me.