David Bowie – The Arch Innovator

David Bowie Born David Jones in January 1947, David Bowie renamed himself in 1966 to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees.  He was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. He was a highly influential musician who continually re-invented his sound and persona, from the 1960s hippy of Space Oddity, through Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Pierrot,... Read More--


Promote your Creative Idea with Deliberate Provocation

We live in a society where people are quick to take offense so our natural reaction is to be polite and inoffensive.  But sometimes the best way to gain attention for your creative idea is to be outrageously provocative. The Reverend Jonathan Swift was an eminent Irish author and satirist. He is best known for writing Gulliver’s Travels. In 1729 he published a short book entitled A Modest Proposal... Read More--


Adversity can be a Spur to Innovation – as shown by the Greatest of Composers

Possibly the greatest composer of all time and certainly the most revolutionary was Ludwig van Beethoven.   Before Beethoven classical music was genteel, calm, structured according to strict rules and designed to please wealthy patrons. Beethoven introduced the Romantic Movement with music that was powerful, disturbing and passionate. He composed nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin... Read More--


Apply your Creativity Everywhere – Like Salvador Dali

In January 1952 the renowned artist Salvador Dali appeared on the US TV game show, ‘What’s My Line?’ The panel members were blindfolded and had to question the guest to determine his identity. Almost every question they asked he answered in the affirmative. ‘Are you a performer?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you a writer?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you an artist?’ ‘Yes.’ And so on until one of panellists... Read More--


Reinvent Yourself

Madonna Louise Ciccone has sold over 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. She was born in 1958 in Bay City Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance before joining the group Breakfast Club where she sang, and played drums and guitar. In 1981 she left the band to... Read More--


Great Innovators are Relentless Rule Breakers

The song Bohemian Rhapsody was written by Freddie Mercury for Queen’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It broke all the rules for a popular music single release. At a time when most pop songs were simple and formulaic Mercury’s song was a complex mixture of different styles and tempos. It had six separate sections – a close harmony a capella introduction, a ballad, a guitar solo, an opera parody,... Read More--


Hire Great People – And Exploit Them!

Woody Allen Talking about his new film , ‘To Rome with Love’, Woody Allen said, ‘I’ve got great people, and they make me look good.  That’s the thing; you hire Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, or Alec Baldwin and they’re great.  They were great before they met me, they’ll be great after they leave me.  And I exploit them.  I look like a hero, but you know, that’s... Read More--