The title of this post is taken from a book written by the late, great Sir George Martin; ‘the fifth Beatle’ and the one who made the Fab Four famous. Martin passed away on March 8, and with that we lost a musical genius, a visionary and an inspiration to many.
Here are some lessons he left us:
- To get the best out of others, treat them with respect: In an interview with Linnda Durré, Martin shared his technique for getting a diverse group of people to work together. “I think it makes good practice to treat all people the same. Whether it's the tape operator or the star, I have found I get the best out of people that way."
- Trust your instincts and your intuition: When he first heard the Beatles, Martin didn’t think their performance was that special, but his instincts told him that there was something there. And he was right.
- Keep the love of innovation: Don’t be afraid to do things differently and to look for opportunities. George Martin was the first to introduce some experimental production techniques – some of them we still use today, and many which changed the way music was made forever.