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Bread & Circuses

The 1% owning everything while the 99% fight each ther for scraps is not a new concept. “Panem et Circensus”, literal translation being ‘Bread and Circuses’ was a formula created …

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Shut Up, Caveman!

5am this morning I woke up terrified. I don’t just mean a bit scared, here. I mean terrified, the kind of paralysing, mind-numbingly, oh-my-god-i’m-gonna-die type terror that I last felt …

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Exploding Heads, Limbs and Comfort Zones!

Film making and acting has always fascinated me. I’m a huge fan of movie making and I did quite a bit of stage acting when I was younger, but lost …

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Anyone For Anaesthetic?

There’s a great moment in the great David Fincher movie ‘Fight Club’ when a bloodied up and buff Brad Pitt empowers the members of fight club to rise up and …

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Wanna Wear Your Undies Over Your Jeans And Save The World?

As I’ve mentioned before on my blogs, there are several massive upsides to embracing real creativity in your life, your business and your Industry. You see, those individuals and organisations …

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From Leonardo to Led Zep, the magic is all in the gaps.

Whenever I need a surge of energy, swagger and attitude I always turn to the same place. I get the Led out. For many reasons, and to many millions, Led …

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Don’t Believe The Hype: We are ALL Creative

My mate has a younger brother who works in marketing for a global food brand. To the outside world, he is a ‘creative’ and carries with him every marketeer creative …

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IDEAS are the new ‘Little Black Dress’

In these, the greatest times of uncertainty we humans have probably ever faced, it’s good to know that there are some things in this world that can always be relied …

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Seize The Day…Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Hi folks. It’s been ages since I last blogged – mainly ‘cos (a) I didn’t really know what to say or why, and (b) cos i’ve been busy writing albums, …

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People Who Inspired Change Through Music #3 – Mozart

I was ten years old when I went on my first ever holiday abroad. Mum and Dad had saved for years to take us to Playa de Palma in Majorca, …

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People Who Inspired Change Through Music #1 – The Beatles

Welcome to my first post in a series looking at the music, bands, performers, orchestras, composers and songwriters who, through their ability to change their own thinking, behaviour and actions, went on to effect change across the whole world in different ways.

I love music. Love it. All shapes. All sizes. From Miles Davis to Mozart, Led Zeppelin to Luciano Pavarotti, Sinatra to Sabbath, Hans Zimmer to Robert Zimmerman (or Bob Dylan if you prefer). But, I have to admit that I have a special place in my heart for ‘The Fab 4’. (And not just because one side of my family come from Liverpool either.)

Yes, yes, yes. I know. The Beatles changed the world forever, yardah yardah yardah as we’re all told constantly. So much so that, sometimes, it’s easy to forget exactly WHY they are heralded so widely and by so many. We hear the same few Beatle songs on the radio all the time and, in some ways, that, too, dilutes their power, quality, finesse and impact like water added to a fine malt whisky.

Me? I’ll take my Beatles ‘straight up’ if you don’t mind.

Musical chameleons, visionary songwriters, boundary breakers, cultural observers, style icons, revolutionaries. The Beatles rightly remain the most commercially and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music and, fifty years after their first album, they continue to influence not just the way people listen to, write, record and perform music, but many aspects of our approach to dealing with creativity, innovation and change.

Beatles SketchThey questioned. They wondered. They experimented (with music and otherwise). They adapted and they moved with an agility, passion, courage, hunger and excitement never seen before. They devoured their way through several genres of music; pop, psychadelic rock, Indian and other world music throwing in classical along the way. And, whilst doing so, they also took the standard studio recording techniques of the time and turned them on their heads, creating (with no small assistance from their incredible studio producer George Martin) groundbreakingly innovative and sophisticated ways of recording to which the worlds of techno/sampling/dance music owe a great deal to. (Techno fans, if you have a cap, feel free to doff it now.)

For many, the greatest embodiment of all those things above was in The Beatles’ most famous album, 1967’s Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. However, I reckon the album they made just prior to that, August 1966’s Revolver, stands as possibly the greatest album ever made. Big claim, I know, and there’s a million reasons why I (and many others) think this; maybe it’s the way that it completely shifted what could be achieved on a record or in a studio, or the way it altered what people could expect from pop music. For me though, it’s the fact that still, here, in 2013, their innovation makes the record sounds years ahead of it’s time. One track particularly, John Lennon’s Tomorrow Never Knows still just completely blows my mind every time I listen. It sounds like it could have been recorded by one of today’s dance acts using today’s advanced technology, yet was recorded 47 YEARS AGO in an analogue world!!!

The courage of those four guys to be curious, to embrace change, to let go of old patterns of thinking and to boldly stride out to find new ways of doing things stands as a great example of what can be achieved if we have the courage to make, and sustain change. Cos if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. (Not mine, it’s Henry Ford’s)

Here’s a link to that wonderful song from the Revolver record. Have a listen and see if perhaps this takes a little bit of the water out of your Beatle whisky………

See you next time ;0) xx



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  1. Elspeth Chasser on said:

    Hey David,

    By a beautiful co-incidence I was listening to my FAVOURITE Beatles when I saw the link to your site. She’s a woman. It’s not the lyrics. Good god, they’re stuck in the 60s for sure. But god, I love that beat, that rhythm and very rarely for me (being a Lennon fan) the raw quality of McCartney’s voice.

    i’m not quite in the same era as your Tomorrow Never Knows but I am definitely blown away each time I listen to it!

    I love this blog…

    Big hugs to you.


  2. Maureen on said:

    Great piece, David! And I so agree… To say they are timeless sounds almost cliché, but it is so. Their influence will continue to be felt for eternity. Thanks for sharing.;)