Creative Musical Conflict

I have always enjoyed the songs of the John Lennon and Paul McCartney and felt that the best ones came out of the creative tension between these two very different personalities. Paul McCartney as the survivor of the partnership has tended to devalue himself a little in my estimation, by his implying the songs were more his than John’s. Well John in my view produced a lot more memorable songs after they split up, but in reality I think the great songs come from the tension between them and not from one of them dominating the song writing partnership. But I guess that is consistent with a theme of this blog…that conflict can be creative, so I am probably biased.

In any event, the partnership did split up and I guess that is another theme of this blog. Sometimes we need to walk away as the relationship conflict has become too destructive. When I think about this, I also think of the final Beatles album and its title track: ‘Let it Be’ and I love this performance which captures the sadness of the breakup it is commenting on:

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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