Episode 074: The Beatles Get Back to Basics With Structured Creativity

by | Jan 3, 2022 | Podcast | 0 comments

The Beatles are making a comeback.

Well, sort of.

They are making a comeback but in a different format than we’re used to. They are appearing in a new documentary called Get Back which you can stream now on Disney Plus. The documentary is a distilled version of over 150 hours of footage of the Beatles from back in January of 1969. In it, they attempt to write and record 14 songs in just over two weeks. It is truly a spectacle to see how they produce music together.

I thought it would be interesting to dive into the documentary and consider it through the lens of creativity. So, in this episode, I discuss some of the lessons of structured creativity we can learn from Get Back.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  1. All of the attention Get Back is getting in the media.
  2. Why the Beatles started with a partial solution and worked backward to create a full song.
  3. Why creativity requires hard work.
  4. Why constraints are a necessary condition for creativity to occur.
  5. How diversity magnifies our creative output.

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