Evensong: Brooks Firestone Talks About How Singing Gave His Life Greater Meaning!
While the name Brooks Firestone might resonate with you, for some it might not. More then the TV show “The Bachelor” in which son, Andrew Firestone was featured as “the bachelor”, there’s a lot more to the family nam. The name FIRESTONE obviously would be recognized for its automotive products and lots more. However Brooks Firestone walked a different journey and one that brought him to California to start what would be come the major player and award-winning Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez area winery. While eventually the winery was sold, Firestone also served in the government at the county and state levels in California.
Since the Firestone Winery was sold to a large company, and with an expansive family that includes 13 grandchildren, wine isn’t far from his heart because he established a much smaller winery. He also has retired from public life and put together a sort of plan on what he wanted to do once he retired. The beauty of this plan revolved around choral singing– both in churchs and other locations. The chorus group in which he and his wife Kate are members have toured the world singing in the Vatican and many other places.
In the book Evensong, Brooks has the ability to tell an interesting story that’s not so much about the younger part of his life but about the current part of his life– the twilight years where he has found increased meaning in participating in something that he loves to do- sing and also be part of a winery as well as support a section of the roads around his local area where the keeps the road in good shape and any debris cleaned up.
Firestone uses this book to share not only the joys of retirement but the active retirement that allows him to give back to his community and share it with others not only family but the local community as well as with others around the globe.
Here’s a phone interview/podcast that I did with Brooks Firestone. I don’t know why I was so nervous talking to him except that I have followed the Firestone Winery for a very long time and it was one of the first wineries I had ever visited. As a pioneer in establishing a winery and vineyards in the greater Santa Barbara area, his career achievements were always so impressive to me. Now he has Curtis Winery that has a family name and also family members working it as well. It’s
In 1958, Brooks married Catherine Boulton, a member of the English Royal Ballet. In fifty four years of marriage they have raised four children and now enjoy thirteen grandchildren. After twelve years of working in the Firestone Tire Company, Brooks and the young family moved to the Santa Ynez Valley, California, to found the Firestone Vineyard, the first winery in the area and an inspiration for a now world renowned wine region. During his vineyard career, Brooks served as a Santa Barbara County Supervisor and member of the California State Assembly. In 2012, now inactive in politics and with the award winning winery business sold, the couple are enjoying an active retirement life.
In recent years, the couple have pursued a serious choral singing career that has given them many interesting singing opportunities around the world. Recently, Brooks authored a book, “Evensong,” relating their choral experiences and demonstrating how a shared passion can bring great rewards to couples
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