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Questions you'd ask Paul if you could interview him
4 September 2013
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Funny Paper
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Wow, what a dream, to have Paul captive and willing to answer any of my questions!  If that fantasy came true for me, I wouldn't waste it on questions he's already been asked a million times (about the Beatles, about John, about Yoko, about Linda, etc.), but I'd try to think of more original questions, mostly about music.

Here are some off the top of my head (I'm sure I will think of more later):

1.  From reading various articles and interviews about you over the years, I get the impression that you are very knowledgeable about the music of other musicians. 

  • How do you keep yourself informed and aware of other music? 
  • Do you just seek it out yourself, or do you rely on the recommendations of friends? 
  • Do you dial it up at random, or is it more a conscious, concerted activity?
  • When you're ready to listen to some new music you've never heard before, do you have a kind of ritual, like finding a quiet spot and putting on headphones to really get into it?  Or do you put it on as background while you're multitasking doing other stuff?
  • When you're listening to music, do you get lost in it, or are you mostly taking note of the way the instruments are played and the technical quality of the songwriting? I.e., are you listening as a "normal" fan, or as a sophisticated musician yourself?
  • What genres do you seek out more?  Does your sampling range over vast time periods -- do you seek out music from the 1940s as much as music of today?  Classical as much as rock?  Jazz and Latin?
  • How many songs by other people do you know by heart, and do you actually spend lots of time sitting down to learn them?

2.  Which brings me to my second question:  Over the years, have you ever felt the need to really sit down and listen to Santana?  If so, what moved you to do so?  And what did you like about them?

3.  Although you have done quite a bit of experimentation over the years (including country music and classical and at least one raggae song), there are certain genres you have never explored:  Why haven't you tried your hand at a couple of Latin jazz or Latin rock songs?  You know, with the works:  a timbale player, a conga drummer, and a percussion solo…

4.  Over the years, you have shown a remarkable ability to master different instruments -- the electric guitar, the acoustic guitar using different styles, the electric bass, the acoustic standup bass, the ukelele, the mandolin, the piano, the recorder, the french horn, whistling, "mouth sax", etc.  Is there a reason why you haven't tried to stretch even further, and try to master, say, the saxophone or the violin?  What stops you from mastering the saxophone?

 

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4 September 2013
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I'd ask him if he wants to re-marry in a few years (once it'll be legal for us to do so). If not, what about a granddaughter?

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

4 September 2013
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fabfouremily said
I'd ask him if he wants to re-marry in a few years (once it'll be legal for us to do so). If not, what about a granddaughter?

The two of us must share some neurons. I'm old enough to be his adopted daughter (he and my mom were born the same year). If we had to settle for being adopted, we could sit around and discuss our Electra complexes.a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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4 September 2013
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^ Brilliant idea! I wonder if he's ever considered adopting a poor homeless child (me)…?

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

4 September 2013
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^^^^ Hey lads! What about me? I'd be an excellent daughter, me thinks plus he says Paul said he loves the Irish accent and the way we say "decent" as "daycent* :)

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4 September 2013
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^ Nooo! There can't be any more candidates! Then he'll never choose me :(

Haha, this is so silly. I'm sure, and hope, he's very happy with his family and married to Nancy.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

4 September 2013
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I waited to answer on this thread because Funny Paper has such awesome, intelligent questions.  The only questions I could think of off the top of my head were perhaps a little x-rated and not appropriate for posting!! paul-mccartneyahdn_paul_01  I'm with the rest of you ladies….I'd be asking him if he would drop Nancy for a younger wife like me?!! *sigh* a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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4 September 2013
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^^ Haha, yeah. Sorry FP. I did read through your post, but I couldn't help but be a ''fan-girl'' as we were so meanly called a few month's back (the gushing ''George, no, Paul is the better looking'' thread has since been untouched, I'm sure much to the pleasure of those mean people)*. blue-meanie

*Joking, of course, there's no mean people here that I know of.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

4 September 2013
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You all can go the adoption route…I'd ask for marriage! (We'll adopt all of you! giggle) Seriously, I hate to say it, but I would ask him about his relationship with John. And, I'd ask him about Yoko. And, George, too. I know he'd be bugged by it…but I'm hoping he'd put up with it and tell me the truth if I offered him a glass of wine and promised not to tell anyone what he told me. (This is a fantasy). I really, really would love to hear what he has to say about all the things we all talk about, but I want the truth,  not the truth as agreed upon by the Beatles, the Apples, and Yoko.

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

4 September 2013
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Taking this seriously, I'd also ask about John before anything else. Quite selfish, really, as it can't be easy and he's been battered with John questions for years. I'd love to hear his story, straight from the horse's mouth, though. Especially because my own opinion of John is sometimes a slightly negative one if I remember or read about a particular thing he did or said, or something. I love him, I really do, but I'm also well aware of his faults.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

4 September 2013
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Great topic!

Oh man, so many questions… in a fantasy-land where we can be as invasive and inappropriate as we like, I would probably be all, "So, what did/do you talk about with your therapist? Tell me everything, Sir Paul! Actually, you know what, why don't we ring him up right now. If he could just fax over all his notes, that'd be great…" 

More seriously, I would probably ask him a million little random questions:

What's your favorite Dickens novel?

Why were you late for that first meeting with Brian?

Is it true you don't like chocolate?

Do you have a lot of flying dreams?

4 September 2013
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On the seemingly silly questions about marriage posed by Emily and others, I recall a Howard Stern interview with Sheryl Crow where Stern, in his usual way of having bad taste, asked Sheryl a question.  She had just famously split up with Lance Armstrong, and at the time, it hadn't been too long since he divorced Heather Mills -- and Stern said something like:  "Why don't you try Paul McCartney? I hear he's available now."

All seriousness aside (as Steve Allen used to say), I think those seemingly trite questions about John etc. would not be a bad idea necessarily -- even questions like that you can find an interesting and fresh angle on.  Personally, I would avoid them. However, I would ask Paul to clarify in more detail exactly how he and John co-wrote certain songs.

P.S.:  I like acmac's "random" questions!  Speaking of not liking chocolate, I'd also ask him detailed questions about his vegetarianism, and things like, "If you found Nancy eating a guilty cheeseburger in the closet, would you divorce her?"blue-meanie

 

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4 September 2013
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I could be snippy with him and ask if really thinks he is helping save the environment with his vegetarianism when the logistics of just one his tours (getting him, his people, and all the equipment from place to place) puts more CO2 in the air than my entire life will, vegan or not. But, he's so warm and fuzzy and cute so I will refrain from badgering him.

He definitely has the right to a healthy self-esteem. I might ask if his self-esteem really does ride as high as it seems to. He seem so full of life and curiosity. Is any of it an act, or is he really that peppy? Are the sources of his boundless nature and charm more intrinsic or extrinsic? Does his self-esteem ever falter? What could cause his self-esteem to take a tumble? How does he see himself in comparison to how other see him (his family, close friends, business associates, and fans)? Is how we see him how he sees himself? Bit rambling, but rambling is how I imagine that conversation would go.

Does he fear getting dementia or Alzheimer's? Let the world give a collective "HOPE NOT" to that question.

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4 September 2013
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fabfouremily said
^^ Haha, yeah. Sorry FP. I did read through your post, but I couldn't help but be a ''fan-girl'' as we were so meanly called a few month's back (the gushing ''George, no, Paul is the better looking'' thread has since been untouched, I'm sure much to the pleasure of those mean people)*. blue-meanie

*Joking, of course, there's no mean people here that I know of.

All the mean people went away (not meaning that everyone who is no longer about was mean, many were great to have around and are missed and fondly remembered).

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4 September 2013
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Loving the idea about calling his therapist! How would you like to be his therapist? Wow…don't think I could stay professional with him so cute on a couch! Am also tempted to send Nancy a cheeseburger…and hope she goes into a closet to eat it!!! Seriously (or not) surely Nancy asked him the Beatles questions when they were dating….wonder what he told her that we'd all like to know….And, didn't Heather have to sign a confidentiality contract to get her divorce? She might know some pretty interesting things about the band. For everything we do know about the Beatles, just imagine what we don't know!

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4 September 2013
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mccartneyalarm said
Loving the idea about calling his therapist! How would you like to be his therapist? Wow…don't think I could stay professional with him so cute on a couch! Am also tempted to send Nancy a cheeseburger…and hope she goes into a closet to eat it!!!

There goes the therapist's code of ethics book out the window. Oops. It got smashed by a big truck. Guess we don't have to follow that anymore. Poor dude would leave more messed up than when he came into the office of either me or mccartneyalarm.

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4 September 2013
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Acmac said

Why were you late for that first meeting with Brian?

Cause he "was having a bath" wasn't it?!  paul-mccartney

 

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4 September 2013
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cbatcu, interesting questions about his "peppiness".  I'd like to get his honest reaction to that.  A lot of that has to do with a certain cultural thing about the working class in places like Liverpool and London, the old "cheer up, luv, it can't be all that bad now" attitude. That, of course, didn't stop the likes of a Lennon from sinking into the abyss of despair now and then.  I just think Paul lacks the "depression" gene: he's simply incapable of darkness.  And is that all bad?  Well, it may mean he can never tap into a certain type of music-making, like John could.  But on the other hand, he's happier.

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4 September 2013
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Paul in the bath……….a-hard-days-night-paul-7 Sorry HeyTrud I was plagued by certain thoughts just then. You lot are making me laugh so much with all this marriage talk but there's something you should know. HE IS MINE!!!!!!! 

God, there's so many questions I would like to ask Paul that I'd probably get tongue tied and make a fool of myself. I have actually made eye contact and exchanged 2 words with him and managed not to faint but that's for another thread! 

I'd ask him which music he rated today, and why. Be interesting to know what he thinks of all the current rubbish in the charts. Although wasn't he at a Beyonce concert not so long ago? Maybe he likes her soulless 'music'. Maybe being a bit harsh on her, but I can't like anyone who wears so much fur. Only John on the rooftop can get away with it (fur was acceptable in 1969!) 

4 September 2013
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HeyTrud said
Acmac said

Why were you late for that first meeting with Brian?

Cause he "was having a bath" wasn't it?!  paul-mccartney

LOL, yes, he was in the bath when they rang him from Brian's office (which prompted the delightful "He's late," "Yes, but he's very clean," exchange) but that's not really an answer, is it? 

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