ABOUT

Hi I am John Dierckx. I live and work in Christchurch. I am a happily married father of three beautiful boys.

I am a guitar tutor, freelance musician and  songwriter and run this as a business trading as Renaissance  Man Music.

Three years ago I became a follower of Christ, a Christian and I guess that  at this time of my life Renaissance Man is especially referring to my rebirth in Christ.

Thanks to one of my good friends Michael Pokocky, my nickname Renaissance Man was born. This was however before I became a Christian and referred to my life at that stage as a forensic auditor/litigation support consultant doing all kinds of investigative work, my wide range of interests and a drive to delve deep in whatever grabbed my interest. A renaissance man or polymath is a person who is skilled in multiple fields or multiple disciplines, and who has a broad base of knowledge.

Trained both as a musician and a lawyer, intelligence analyst and computer forensic specialist I have for long maintained a musical and investigative/consultant career. Three years ago I stopped the double life and by now my music is my work (teaching, playing, worship).

I have a passion for shooting pictures and you will find many of them back here on the site and in the blog posts.

17 thoughts on “ABOUT

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  2. This is Michael and indeed John is a Renaissance Man beyond what the traditional definition explains. He is both profoundly authentic and will push deeper into something that has caught his attention than most people on the planet. His proactive curiosity has astounded me. His observations can only come from the mind of the one who finds the patterns and connects the dots. And this is a man who by definition is a curiosity connoisseur. I am glad to call him friend for 7 years.

    • In all fairness, not only did you come up with the name but also, it was you that brought the better out of me on many an occasion. Our conversations, chats and email exchanges evolved into a friendship that I have never had before. Your way of challenging me now has made my life an ongoing quest to new insights. The proactive curiosity may very well have always been there (as is claimed by a a few professionals) but when you and I first “crossed swords” online it was well buried. YOU dug it up, brushed it off and gave me a kick in the butt (intellectually) to start being me again. So while I am honored by your beautiful words, let it be said that without you there would not have been a Renaissance Man and I may well have continued existing instead of living.

      Thanks for that my best friend, actually member of the family.

  3. Here hear Bro! We did become the truest of friends proving out of our combined total network of oh lets say 20mm people we actually got to know each other. We proved trust is something one earns! Oh thanks for kicking my butt too! At least you weren’t backing off because you truly had my best interests in hand__while on many occasions I did not (meaning I was hard on myself. Too hard)

    • Hi Neal,

      I am proud and honored that you are part of this friendship and I am sure I also speak for Michael. I guess looking back at my short time in the Netherlands, you were the highlight of my time there. That was one enjoyable meeting of minds, strategy meeting or whatever we will call it. I am still looking back at it. I do look forward to meeting again somewhere in the coming year and enjoy a meal together again. Your response to my culture shock in the Netherlands, most of all my beloved Rotterdam still resonate: “When you are in New York, you sense achievement. When you are in Rotterdam you sense the rat race.”

      I will give you a ring somewhere tomorrow or the after and update the iUhba profile on linkedin.

      Talk soon brother.

  4. In all fairness, not only did you come up with the name but also, it was you that brought the better out of me on many an occasion. Our conversations, chats and email exchanges evolved into a friendship that I have never had before. Your way of challenging me now has made my life an ongoing quest to new insights. The proactive curiosity may very well have always been there (as is claimed by a a few professionals) but when you and I first “crossed swords” online it was well buried. YOU dug it up, brushed it off and gave me a kick in the butt (intellectually) to start being me again. So while I am honored by your beautiful words, let it be said that without you there would not have been a Renaissance Man and I may well have continued existing instead of living.
    +1

  5. In all fairness, not only did you come up with the name but also, it was you that brought the better out of me on many an occasion. Our conversations, chats and email exchanges evolved into a friendship that I have never had before. Your way of challenging me now has made my life an ongoing quest to new insights. The proactive curiosity may very well have always been there (as is claimed by a a few professionals) but when you and I first “crossed swords” online it was well buried. YOU dug it up, brushed it off and gave me a kick in the butt (intellectually) to start being me again. So while I am honored by your beautiful words, let it be said that without you there would not have been a Renaissance Man and I may well have continued existing instead of living. +1
    +1

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  7. John,
    It is good to find you and your new Blog. It’s been some time since we were in touch but I’d like to get together again now that I am a permanent resident here in Christchurch. This earthquake has, indeed, been a major event. Thanks for publishing your pictures. Cheers!

    • Hey hey Dennis, great to hear from you. I wasn’t sure if you were in Christchurch or not. I’d look forward to catching up indeed, a walk through the park is less easy, but lets get together for a coffee this week or the next. How have you been going through all of it, I remember you were looking at an apartment in town.

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