Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night

This morning, on Father’s Day, I thought of Paul McCartney’s song as I was woken to a blackbird’s song just after 4 a.m.

Ian Beckett MSc
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower
2 min readJun 16, 2024

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Merlin Bird ID screenshot © Ian Beckett

The song appeared on The White Album in 1968 and was explained as a hopeful essay on the Civil Rights Movement and the end of Racism in America.

I like the music inspired by J. S. Bach’s Bourrée in E Minor.

The problem today is that we all try to be a brand rather than ourselves. A quote such as “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” is conveniently misattributed to Oscar Wilde; there is no evidence he ever said it — even though we have a cushion embroidered with the quote.

Moving swiftly on, similarly inspired by today’s birdsong — there is a teaching moment in almost every experience if you stop and listen.

Today is Father’s Day, and we have Bill Maher appealing for the return of the “Trad Dad” who “knows he’s your parent, not your friend”, presumably railing against toxic masculinity as espoused by Andrew Tate.

This is the same as the role of a leader in companies.

I have always striven to be friendly, but you cannot be friends with someone you might have to fire one day — and being nice never earns your team’s respect…

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Ian Beckett MSc
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower

Ian is a digital transformation expert who has saved companies $300m by integrating technologies and diverse global teams effectively— he is a CEO and poet