In this interview stored on YouTube, Steve Jobs talks about the importance of having people on your team with a blend of artistic and engineering talent.
Part of what made the Macintosh great is that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists... who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.
Apple's latest version of GarageBand tells us the company is interested in nurturing new musicians. The software provides piano or guitar lessons, and makes online music lessons easy. Guitar lessons are taught by artists such as Sting, Colbie Caillat, and John Fogerty. I've taken a couple of the guitar lessons, and I can tell you it's much more enjoyable to learn music this way than through a chord book.
How does music amplify your talent? The basis of music is playing patterns and applying patterns in varying combinations. Also called — Creativity.
As you practice guitar or piano, you work with basic patterns (chords, for example) that you are constantly substituting, combining, or magnifying to produce new works of art. When we master the fundamentals of our imagination, we get a vision that our myopic friends are unable to see or dream of.
"Boy, I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals."
— Quote from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid