I sit now at this computer reveling in the joy that was Jam Cruise. It takes a village to throw this kind of experience, and to all those involved from the top (Cloud 9) to the bottom (MSC Poesia Crew) my hat is off to you. Though words of any kind can never do this adventure justice, I must try to make this keyboard sing its praises, for the adventure, while based in music, is more indicative of a deeply emotional human experience we are all loosing day by day as technology pushes us further away from each other.
[Sunrise on Jam Cruise 9 by JRapp]
In the beginning of social networking, I was enthralled by the idea of reconnecting with people whom I had lost touch with for one reason or another, I was also horrified for the very same reason. As the medium began to grow from MySpace to Facebook it spread like wildfire from PC to PC, phone to phone, and into every home. Networking had never been easier and the pros seemed to well outweigh the cons. The information superhighway was now a road back to people you had considered lost forever.
Now it seems we are all so dependant on these networks almost to the point of addiction. For some, it’s a healthy distraction at work, a convienient time waster that can get you through the day with a few laughs and some new songs to add to your playlists. At first glance, it seems like a harmless internet fad that even your parents are starting to take part in. This Jam Cruise, I suddently realized exactly what kind of damage these social networks were actually doing to human interaction and communication.
All kinds of folks take part in Jam Cruise, which is what makes it so magical. Fans of all ages, people of all different professions and backgrounds and cultures get together to collectively let their hair down in a way that is impossible from the shore. There is a complete disconnect from your phone and computer and when you let those technological chains loose from your heart, you really get to see the true beauty of the people and world around you. READ ON for more of Wade’s open letter about Jam Cruise…
Respected music industry leaders letting loose, but still sharing their ideas on where music is going and how their artists can make something new and exciting happen in a time when everything has been done, is truly a sight to see. These amazing people sharing groundbreaking thoughts over drinks and music all set to a glorious soundtrack could never be done in front of a computer. You can not deny the need for computer communication as a means for efficient business practices. However, being truly inspired by your peers and the artists they represent in the wide open ocean as all the bands and musicians sit in with each other creating music that has never happened before and may never again is enough to make you think twice about your next conference call. Perhaps it should be somewhere in person, over drinks, set to music, tinged with beauty. It’s not going to work out that way all the time, but if you have the ability to beautify your communication with your partners…DO IT. And if that means taking your office on the next Jam Cruise, then by god book your cabins now.
If I saw anything on this Jam Cruise it was the beauty of the human spirit when it is disconnected from social network distraction. I learned that everything hasn’t been done. There’s a whole world of influences and ideas out there ready to be put into action by both the dreamers and the livers of the dream. We can all live the dream in our own way, but we have to stay human. We have to remember the beauty of the moments we cherish and let them guide us through our day to day. As a great man once said: Without love in the dream it will never come true. So please, book your cabin next year for Jam Cruise and find out what it means to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the human spirit.
To everyone who made this Jam Cruise the greatest, I thank you from the deepest recesses of my soul. Today is 1/11/11 and it’s time to take back the human spirit. It’s time to take what’s ours.
Wade Ellis Wyllys Wilby