It was January of 1969, and The Beatles were a mess. The recording of an album tentatively titled ‘Get Back’ was meant to be a ‘back to the basics’ return to their roots, but personal problems between the Beatles escalated and culminated in George Harrison’s walking out on the band.
After letting feelings calm down a bit, they got together again at their company’s headquarters on Saville Row in London. On the afternoon of January 30th, 1969, the Beatles walked out onto their roof and into history with a 42-minute gig that brought central London to a standstill.
With Billy Preston joining on keyboards, the Beatles played a great “Last Concert” that re-energized them and got them through the rest of the year. Featuring now-classic songs such as “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down”, the videos are a wonderful look at the last live performance of the 20th century’s greatest music phenomenon.
And I think the experience is instructive.
As The Beatles did, when it’s time to get yourself re-energized and re-enthused, it’s a great idea to break with the past and throw yourself into the new.
Well, with Summer almost behind us, and Labor Day upon us, what can you do this week to get your job, or your job search, reinvigorated? Get out of your den, go for a run, shake your head in the breeze, grow a groovy beard like Paul, and change your routine. It will give you a fresh perspective and a new outlook on things.
Oh, and be sure to be as polite as the always-sly John Lennon when he addressed the audience at the end, saying, “I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition.”
I hope you’re having a great Summer… dig a pony this week, Readers!
I’ll be rooting for you.