Last night I made the trek across town to see an open mic night. Most of the live music on offer here in Shanghai is just covers of pop songs, but this event promised only original songs from the participants. I was looking forward to hearing something new.
Most of the performers were foreigners, but there were a few Chinese musicians too, including this woman who played an instrument that resembled a child's toy, both by the way it looked & the sounds that it made. I felt like I was at a junior high talent show.
When I got home, I looked the instrument up online. Turns out it's called a Melodica & can cost about US $100-200. Who knew?