Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett

What do Akon, Kevin Costner and MTV all have in common?  The answer is Peter Buffett.

A composer, author, producer and musician, Buffett is probably more recognized by his last name.  He's the second son of gazillionare investor Warren Buffett and he was just here in the Capital Region.  Playing a "Concert & Conversation" at the Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose, Buffett paired with cellist Michael Kott for an evening of discussion regarding family, work, money, living and love.  We were lucky enough to be invited to the event!

We were treated to a performance that both chronicled and explained the life of Peter Buffett.  Born in Omaha, Nebraska he graduated from a public high school before attending Stanford University.  After "taking every 101 or 'ology' class they offered," Buffett dropped out to pursue a musical career.  He started writing music for commercials and for MTV before meeting Kevin Costner.  Costner was so impressed by Buffett's talents, he asked him to score the fire dance scene in Dances with Wolves.

Here's a listen:

Peter Buffett says his musical talent is in his blood.  Growing up, his mother sang and his famous father played ukulele.  To date, he has released 15 records and now owns two independent labels, BisonHead and BeSide Records.  He has collaborated with recording artists like Akon and Angelique Kidjo and has created human rights inspired songs.

Buffett eagerly answered questions from the audience during his presentation.  He defined success as being "excited to get up...and create the day with enthusiasm."  His book, Life Is What You Make It, explores Buffett's beliefs of taking up the reins of your destiny and following passions over conventions.

We really enjoyed listening to Buffett perform and hearing his message of transcending your circumstances.  We thought it was interesting Buffett said he had never let his family name determine his future, as his only real inheritance was his parent's philosophy: forge your own path in life.

Funny...we feel like that's sort of what we're doing up here in New York.

* Special thanks to Two Sheps That Pass for providing tickets to Life is What You Make It:  A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett.  Thanks y'all!

Image credits: Two Sheps That Pass