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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Paul McCartney: Advice from the dead

McCartney in 2009 (Anna'sfarm)
Back again these days on the cover of Rolling Stone, McCartney is nothing if not a survivor.

He has not only survived the death of the Beatles, but has also survived the death of two Beatles in particular:  John Lennon and George Harrison.  Within his latest Rolling Stone interview, McCartney reveals that he still heeds the advice of both these cherished friends.

McCartney admits that John not only remains "ever present" in his mind, but also continues to be a songwriting "partner."  There have been times since Lennon's death when Paul was unsure of which way to proceed with a song.  He has then tossed "it across the room to John," who in turn has conveyed to Paul, "You can't go there, man."  Paul describes this type of
interchange as a songwriting "conversation."

McCartney continues to also take George's advice to heart.   Although it has taken him years to reconcile with Yoko Ono, Paul has finally done so.  Part of his readiness was the realization that since John loved her "there's got to be something."  Another part of the readiness was Paul's remembrance of George's stance on grudges::  You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life.

As for McCartney himself, the old adage applies:  "It ain't over 'till it's over."  He tells Rolling Stone that, at age 71, "he's nowhere near done."   


Copyright October 23, 2013 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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