“Revolver”: Great Art Endures 50 Years Later

Friday, August 5th, 2016

I cannot let Friday end without commenting on Revolver, which was released 50 years ago today. I didn’t get into the album until after I’d freed myself from the Beatles’ mythology, broadened my own musical tastes, and learned to appreciate the album for its musical merits alone. In context of the ...

Paul Wrote “Hey Jude” for Me

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

You don't listen to great songs. You experience them personally. They feel like they were written just for you. They take on different meaning each time you experience them because as your life changes and the context of the song changes. Sometimes even a song you've heard a million times can ...

My George Martin Memories

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Sir George Martin crossed paths with me twice during my career in marketing, and both times he left his mark. I remember those two moments clearly as I reflect on the passing of the Fifth Beatle: A Personal Encounter I first met him in 2000 when I worked on the Accenture global ...

Why the Beatles Are Streaming: Legacy, Baby

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

At a time when news headlines are dominated by disturbing stories about terrorism, social strife, and ugly politics, the world just found reason to rejoice: the Beatles are finally streaming their music. Everyone is reporting the announcement about the Beatles making their beloved catalog available to Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Amazon ...

Designing the Unseen Details

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Superior design means getting little details right -- even the parts that no one can see. In his landmark biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson tells the story of Jobs's obsession to detail in the design of the breakthrough Apple II personal computer, down to the engineering of the power ...

What Can You Learn From Beatlemania If You’re Not the Beatles?

Friday, February 7th, 2014

"Beatles Bomb on TV." Those were the words the New York Herald Tribune used in dismissing the historic appearance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show February 9, 1964. Yes, it's hard to believe, but the Herald Tribune completely scoffed at one of the most famous moments in television history, which ...

Cirque du Soleil: too much LOVE

Monday, April 18th, 2011

While I was shopping for blue jeans at Target this weekend, I came across a surprising find: official T shirts from the Beatles Cirque du Soleil LOVE show on sale for $12.99, and wedged like excess stock on a rack of music merchandise. Although making official LOVE merchandise available at Target ...

Old bands, great brands shine in 2010

Friday, December 17th, 2010

There seems to be no end to the merchandising of so-called legacy rock stars, and 2010 was no exception: In February the ghost of Elvis returned to Las Vegas with the opening of Cirque du Soleil Viva ELVIS. The Rolling Stones owned the month of May with a heavily promoted re-issue of ...

To get creative, get "Lost"

Monday, May 17th, 2010

How do creative ideas flourish? The May 14 issue of Entertainment Weekly provides one perspective through an oral history of the development of the pilot episode of Lost, as told by many of the principal players, including J.J. Abrams. Two lessons emerge for me, and I think these are relevant ...

Number one with a "Bullitt"

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

  Marketing and communications executives are obsessed with “message consistency.” We want our audiences to form the same impressions of our brands whether they’re reading magazine advertisements carefully designed by our creative team, exploring our company Facebook page, or discussing our organization with our employees at a trade show. But sometimes ...