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Creative Courage

What does it mean to be courageous? We’re taught to associate courage with high-stakes moments, from responding to danger to facing grave illness. We rightly celebrate courageous acts of heroism – but is the characteristic of courage only the domain of exceptional individuals in traumatic moments? I believe we as

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What Would Elliot Do? Lessons from a Legend

Neil Young called his longtime manager, Elliot Roberts, “the greatest manager of all time” after his sudden passing in June 2019. From the late 60s onwards, Elliot had steered the fabled careers of Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, while also co-managing the likes of Tom Petty and The Eagles in

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We Can Work It Out: Personality Lessons from The Beatles

In the music business, “Who’s your favourite Beatle?” is a surefire cocktail party conversation starter. In light of the revelatory new documentary Get Back, perhaps the more interesting question for creatives and entrepreneurs is “Which Beatle do you most resemble?” While watching intimate footage of John Lennon and Paul

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You Need To Waste Time To Be Great

If you’re a creative person you probably struggle in your relationship to time. Society teaches us that investing time is admirable, spending time is acceptable, and wasting time is, well, wasteful. But for creative people this couldn’t be further from the truth. I believe creatives need to consciously

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Creative Diplomacy

Have you ever had an argument about a seemingly insignificant creative decision that ended up feeling like life or death? Have you felt unequipped to have healthy conversations with collaborators who don’t share your opinion? If you’ve ever played in a band, I bet you have. Just ask

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Creative Commoditization

I have a theory that some of the greatest songs ever written would have gone unnoticed had they been released today. The recent UK Parliamentary report on the Economics of Music Streaming adds weight to this thesis. "Like A Rolling Stone," "A Day In The Life," and "Good Vibrations" consistently

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Does A Hit Need To Be A Hit, To Be Called A Hit?

I have a theory that not all hit songs become hit songs. This idea implies that a hit song – like a Platonic Form – has an essence and inherent value, regardless of the audience it reaches. I believe this can be a useful model to apply to creative pursuit in any

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Singing (Copyrights) in the Shower

When you’re singing in the shower, did you know you’re illustrating a key principle of copyright in music? An artist can invent a melody in her head and have it travel to millions of brains around the world. But how does copyright work, allowing music to earn money?