For instance, when I first got into the world of audio, I never thought I would be bicycling in the early winter to chase coyotes and cranes. Got you interested?
This story started when my brother JJ and I were cutting tree branches from a tree that had been knocked down in a storm a few months back. Since we only had one electric saw, I decided to use the hand saw on some of the smaller branches while JJ used the electric saw. After some good old fashioned work, which might I add was excellent arm exercise, JJ suddenly got super excited in the special way that only JJ can.
"Look at the cranes!" He exclaimed, so exuberantly it startled me.
Looking up, full well knowing he was talking about birds and not a multi-storey construction machine, I saw the cranes flying over head. At a distance though, I questioned whether or not they were cranes, or Canadian geese, which are common around here. He was right though, and they were cranes.
Soon, my sister Tamara and I went to record the sound of the cranes and photograph them. We rode our bikes* to a certain area near our home that connects up to the lake. Unfortunately the cranes were not there, but I did record some nice sounds from the stream while there.
On our way to another section of the lake which has a boat launch, we heard some howling. It was near enough for our ears to hear, but not quite close enough to capture a clean recording. Suddenly the howls were coming from everywhere, and they were closer than the previous howls. It seemed like there were a fair amount of coyotes in the woods on either side of the road.
Suddenly the howls were coming from everywhere, and they were closer than the previous howls.
The lake was so still, it barely moved. The low light of dusk was so subtle, yet so pretty. The sounds were too soft to record, but not too soft to enjoy. The lake and horizon were too dark to photograph, but not too dark for our eyes to appreciate. I turned to Tamara and pointed out, "This is one of those moments you can't capture, you just have to experience them."
And so the moral of the story for those in creative fields is, take time to experience life, not just to try and capture it, copy it and can it. God gave us a wonderful life to live, and it's so worth it to step back and soak it in.
Take time to experience life, not just to try and capture it... God gave us a wonderful life to live, and it's so worth it to step back and soak it in.
I'm no writer, but if I were it seems to me I'd wanna poke my head up every once in a while and take a look around - see what's going on. It's life, Jake! You can miss it if you don't open your eyes! - Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space 9 "The Visitor"