Derek Pantling is a man of many talents. He has been a musician, composer, and singer/songwriter as well as an avid photographer of life and nature from a very young age. Derek has produced and self-published his work both in music and photography. He resides in Solana Beach, CA, half of the year, and the other half he spends in his hometown, Toronto, ON.

In this episode, he discusses loss, the brevity of life, and his fear of not being able to accomplish everything he’d like to before it’s too late. He has an all-too-real sense that time is running out. We also discuss the anxiety that ensues when things don’t work out the way we had hoped they would.

Music and photography are a source of calm and peace for Derek when life becomes a bit challenging or overwhelming.

He recollects his father and reflects on how he taught him that everybody comes to fully understand and embrace particular behaviors, ideas, or principles in their own time. Concerned about divisiveness in our current culture, Derek strives to help spread awareness of just how it is affecting society’s ability to communicate and collaborate. He elaborates on his concerns and hopes.

Further reminiscing an impactful event as a young man, Derek shares a story about the loss of a beloved friend and relative. This significant loss has heavily influenced his outlook on life. It continues to inspire him to live life as fully as he possibly can. In addition to Derek’s insights, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to a song Derek dedicated to his friend and relative, Blair.

Photo of young Blair (photography by unknown)

All music in this episode is written, composed, and performed by Derek Pantling.
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Photography by Rodney Diaz