Craig has been reflecting on the passing of Sir George Martin, best known as the producer behind The Beatles. Craig looks at his creative approach to music, how he pushed boundaries and what we can learn from him.
I’ve been a Beatles fan for as long as I can remember, from when I was still in single figures….listening to their music, watching old TV footage and trying to master Beatles tracks in my first band. I remember where I was when both John Lennon and George Harrison passed away. Everyday I listen to The Beatles, even if it’s just one track. Obsessed? I might well be. Every music fan knows George Martin signed The Beatles and changed music. His approach was unique and influenced music production for ever. He was a classically trained musician, originally known for producing comedians like Peter Sellers and The Goons. He pushed boundaries and never knew the word ‘impossible’.
In The Beatles he forged a creative force that conjured up musical possibilities and made them a reality. He pushed them and they pushed him back. Together, they found new ways to achieve the impossible. They had a clear vision about how things could be, multi-track recording, reversing the sounds of instruments, multi-layering, classical orchestral arrangements in pop music; all techniques that are automatically achieved today by someone pushing a button on a computer. Listen to tracks like ‘A day in the life’, ‘Sgt. peppers lonely hearts club band’, ‘Tomorrow never knows’, side two of Abbey Road, or the most beautiful and simple recording of ‘In my life’. These tracks in themselves are pure art and creative explosions of musical possibility. He truly lived the mindset of ‘what if?’ and ‘how could we?’
He didn’t know limitations, he just kept on pushing to find new ways to make the impossible possible. Creativity is powerful and driven by a belief, a clear vision and a mindset. Boundaries of ‘that’s not possible’ just don’t exist. How often have you thought ‘it can’t be done’? What if you believed there was another way, what could you really achieve? Consider what you could learn from Sir George. How strong is your mindset about what you could achieve? How much do you really believe in what you do? How clear is your vision for what the future could be like?
I bet if these were crystal clear in your mind, you could make a really positive difference in your life and your work! So, RIP Sir George and thank you for the genius, creative mindset, your music and sharing it with the world.