Finding a quiet space in which to create is perhaps one of the single most important prerequisites for creative work. This is true now as it has always been, despite the popular modern convention towards collaborative workspaces. Spaces where we allow ourselves to be herded like cattle into boxes by corporate entities who pretend through their willful managers, to care for our wellbeing. They don’t.
There is no me, and there is no you, that is fixed and permanent at least. Whatever we are changes depending on the people we are with, the places we visit and the experiences we have in the elaborate game going on around us. But many of us don’t see that. Although I might take my existence as fixed – I am Larry Maguire, artist and writer from Dublin Ireland, for example – I also constantly change both physically and psychically even as I sit here doing nothing.
Ray Heffernan is a Dublin singer-songwriter probably best known for writing Robbie Williams’ big chart hit “Angels”. He is originally from Glasnevin and now resides in Italy on the shores of lake Orta with his wife and children. Ray and I hooked up for chats a while back and probably spent about 90 mins talking about life and work and what it means to create something meaningful.