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.
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.