Gladwell takes me on a musical and artistic journey through time in Season 1, Episode 7: Hallelujah of his Revisionist History podcast about things forgotten or misunderstood.

I recommend listening to this episode if you love art, music, and creativity. It’s fascinating to learn the role that time and iteration play in the production of genius and how some of the most memorable works of art had unremarkable births.

“Galenson’s idea that creativity can be divided into these types—conceptual and experimental—has a number of important implications,” Gladwell stated all the way back in 2008 in his New Yorker article, Late Bloomers: Why do we equate genius with precocity?

Nine years later, he is still talking about the importance of these two trajectories of geniuses in the art world.

  1. Conceptual Innovators – Conceptual innovators have clear, concise ideas they want to communicate and they articulate those ideas precisely. They plan, execute, and boom. Picasso is who we’d think of when we think of this type of genius, as he bursted on the scenes early on in his life.
  2. Experimental Innovators – Cézanne took a long time to emerge, but is every bit as famous and important as Picasso. He reinvented modern art in Paris in the late 1800s. Experimental innovators are found without clear, easily articulated ideas, and don’t really know where they’re going. Their work is never finished. They go through endless drafts after drafts, and are perpetually unsatisfied.

These two geniuses could not be more different. Experimental innovation requires crazier happenstances, twists and turns, and random events. The luck of meeting the right people at the right place and time makes all the difference. Without this, you would never have heard the song Hallelujah, originally by Leonard Cohen.

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, a time to mourn and a time to dance.

You will fill my heart once again, you will heal my pain, and you will give me a happiness and love that will make my heart dance again. Thank you for leading me back to you. I don’t know where I would be without your agape love. I will continue to hope in you. I will continue to grow by your faith. I will resist the worldly temptations that try to lead me astray. I’ve tasted and seen your glory enough times to know that even when you are silent, you are there. I must endure the tests of my faith and overcome difficulties especially when your voice is quiet. You are the answer I’m looking for. Thank you for your arms that are open wide whenever I come home running. Thank you for pulling me out of places I don’t belong in, to make it clear that I belong with you and those who know and love you.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

How to love:

  • Be patient
  • Be kind
  • Do not envy
  • Do not boast
  • Do not be prideful
  • Do not dishonor others
  • Do not be self-seeking
  • Do not be easily angered
  • Do not keep a record of wrongs
  • Do not delight in evil, but rejoice with the truth
  • Always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere

This is a daily reminder to always choose to love, and always choose to rejoice with the truth that always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.