Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Let's Be Honest: One Way to Get Attention

Candor can be hard to come by. Maybe that's why it's so refreshing when it pops up.


In the course of exploring The Beatles Rubber Soul and White albums during the past 48 hours, I read up a bit on George Martin, the legendary producer of all but one of the Beatles albums. It turns out he wasn't immediately persuaded of their abilities and their appeal. At their audition for Martin in studio three of the Abbey Road Studios in 1962, he quite liked John's and Paul's voices, but he didn't think much of their original material. Still, Martin wanted to know what the Beatles thought, was there anything they personally did not like?


. . .  George Harrison replied, "Well, there's your tie, for a start." That was the turning point, according to Smith, as John Lennon and Paul McCartney joined in with jokes and comic wordplay that made Martin think that he should sign them to a contract for their wit alone.[Spitz, Bob (2005). The Beatles: The Biography. Little, Brown and Company (New York). ISBN 1-84513-160-6, pp318-319]


If you're wanting to stand out from the crowd, speaking your mind might be something to keep in mind. It can definitely get people's attention. 


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