When we are children, anything seems possible, the world is full of wonder and laughter comes easily. Then what happens? We are taught to conform, originality is scorned. We are told what to think by those less inclined to give things much thought. How many of us have ideas that stay on the back burner?
My name is David Lewis. At 18, halfway through university, I went to France to learn French. The first summer there I walked from the North Sea in Holland to Nice, then decided not to return to formal education and wrote short stories and songs instead. Shortly after returning to the US, I was runner up in the Anyone Can Host contest on Saturday Night Live which indirectly resultedin moving to Miami to work as a singing telegram messenger. Less than two years after moving to Seattle and starting my own company with less than $100, I bought a five bedroom house near the zoo, then opened a costume store downtown. After my firstwife divorced and took the kids to France, I liquidated and moved to Europe, starting over again. Now the only costume I wear is that of a flight attendant. Three years ago I transfered from JFK to LAX, in part to be closer to Kona to get this project started.What I do best is write songs, themes that come out of nowhere. Few have been produced to where they are in my mind, readyto be shared, like this site. Same basic concept, yet the ideas keep evolving. For awhile I have been trying to package thoughts on this so I could focus on my music. It may seem like a distraction to some, but I am hoping it may end up as more of a call forreinforcements. At times when I wonder why even bother to assume the hassle of such potential folly, I think of what a surfer said about his decision to ride an epic monster wave that could have killed him. If he hadn’t done it, then he would have spent the rest of his life regretting that missed opportunity. When on the airplane for hours, I think about inventions, methods and how to make things work. Rather than complain about how life sucks, this is my plan to make it better for generations to come. No diplomas, yet have learned from my mistakes. I look forward to getting my hands dirty planting trees, stacking stones, cuttingwood, whatever needs to be done, working with volunteers and professionals while learning. Once the right people come forward, my role will become less central. I may be away more often than when I can be on Kona, probably on tour or scouting out othermuseHaven colonies. Regardless of if you buy shares or just take the time to read this, thank-you for your participation.
How about wearing multiple hats? Responsibilities and chores would be outlined. You could work half a day, then be off, havingearned a volunteer day credit which would be redeemable for one day of accommodation. When inspiration strikes, you could get someone to cover your tasks on an hourly basis. There would be an online bulletin board showing who is around, with whatpriorities and who may be willing or needing to switch gears. The best time to gain credit will be during the initial building phasewhen labor is in highest demand, so in theory, you wouldn’t need to buy a share to stay for free based on the work you did.
Even if one of my songs becomes a hit and money is no object, I would rather give you the chance to participate in bringing this concept to life, not just for having the material means to make it happen on a greater scale, but for the pleasure of bringing dreamers together to truly make a difference.
What chain of circumstance in the lives of some great artists could have totally changed if just one link had been different? museHaven is open to anyone who values creativity and loves art or artists of any kind. A place where friendships form and collaborations flourish and perhaps be that extra link resulting in artistic fulfilment, rather than wonder what could have been…