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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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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 Zeppelin are one of the greatest bands ever. Some of the most powerful sounds, searing melodies, and memorable riffs have come from the hands and throat of Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham. But do you know what I love most of all? Their gaps.

John Bonham For me, Led Zep’s astonishing power comes from the gaps between each note, each rhythm, each word. The gaps left by John Bonham – their drummer – especially. He created such force and drive by waiting just a millisecond longer than most drummers would and in doing so, found his genius. Just listen to ‘When The Levee Breaks‘ and you’ll see what I mean. Goooooossssssebuuuummmppppppssss!! RIP John.

But when I think of how the journey to creativity works, it’s pretty similar. You see, the journey from our comfort zones to that place where the magic happens is a bit like an expedition into our ‘unknown gaps’, because it’s in the gaps where you’ll find all that really cool stuff that you can do.

Creativity is in the gaps between the notes and rhythms that Led Zep play. It’s in the pauses betweenthe lines that the actor delivers. It’s in the breaths between the movements of the dancer’s body. It’s in the gaps between the swooping, daubed colours of the artists brush. As the revolutionary musician, trumpeter and composer Miles Davis famously said through the plumes of jazz-club smoke; “don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.”

Now, like every expedition into the unknown, It’s scary. It’s dangerous. And it comes with huge risk. But it’s also thrilling. It’s inspiring. And it comes with the most enormous rewards. And the nature of the expedition you need to go on, whether a short one to perfect your medium, or a major venture to find your talent and passion and nurture that medium, will differ for each of us, because ‘magic’ means different things to different people.

But the most important thing you can do? START. Even if you’re scared. Just START.

Because once you start to explore, to discover and to embrace your real creativity in your life, in your team, in your business, in your community, you will find that there are enormous upsides to it. We’ll talk more about those soon.

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold…….


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