Mojo Monday: Abigail Washburn Builds U.S.–China Relations With a Banjo

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.

As a (reluctantly) repatriated expat in China (nearly 5 years in Shanghai), I think a good bit about U.S.–China relations. I took one look at Abigail Washburn singing in Chinese and playing her banjo, and I thought, “Wow, I sure hope Obama is using her in delicate negotiations.” (If, like me, you’re smitten after watching this amazing TED talk, you can check out a schedule of Washburn’s upcoming performances here.)

Watch. You’ll see what I mean.