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Questions you'd ask Paul if you could interview him
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4 September 2013
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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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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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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!) 

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