A creative living space

Got some sad new today. An young friend has passed away. He had been sick for a long time and it wasn’t unexpected but still a shock when it happens.

I had been looking at this video of Bruce Feiler who had a cancer and wanted to pass on some fatherly advice from his council of fathers.

The video is below. One of those pieces of advice was along the lines of.

“Everyone dies – but not every one lives. Live”

It sounds like a bit of a cliche but slowing down and smelling the roses, walking the turtle, soaking up every piece of enjoyment in the now – is a big deal; precisely because we don’t do that.

Having cancer and recovering is a very big deal and it brings life sharply into focus. I encourage you to watch the video. By the way my buddy who died this week – he lived well.

It is still very sad for his family and friends but he made the most of each day which is as it should be.

Diagnosed with cancer, Bruce Feiler worried first about his young family. So — as he shares in this funny, rambling and ultimately thoughtful talk — he asked his closest friends to become a “council of dads,” bringing their own lifetimes of wisdom to advise his twin daughters as they grow.”

The other event of the day was a visit to a music recording studio in the country.  I’ve been meaning to visit the owner for a while and today was that day.

Revolver Recording Studios - Control RoomWe used to work together 25 years ago and about 20 years back he realised his dream of having a creative space for musicians to record their songs and their stories.

The studio had been in the city for a few years and when the lease on that space came up the opportunity to move to the country was too good to pass up.

However  moving a whole range of handcrafted fixtures and fittings is not simple and when it is a recording studio it is more like a never ending puzzle.

Relocating has meant a huge amount of work and in that process the owner has come to value life even more.  It has been a labour of love where everything has been recycled, reused and re-instated.

Without going into details that rebirth of the studio is a triumph for him and his family and now a fantastic music recording space for musicians from around the world.

This was a reminder to me that you can have all the toys but there is no substitute for slowing down and taking stock of what we have.  Revolver Studios is a creative space in the country where time and relationships are valued beyond measure.

I reckon we will hear that in the music that is recorded and created there.  More than  ever when I reflect on these two lives I want to make every moment count and really live each moment in a way that counts.