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Questions you'd ask Paul if you could interview him
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23 September 2013
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Paul, do you know all your songs (Beatles and post-Beatles) by heart? 

Are there some songs you don't remember completely, and you have to refresh your memory, maybe you forget a chord or two, or a lyric here and there...?

Do you have a daily routine of playing songs for practice?  Given all the hundreds of songs you must know in your head, how many of them do you play each day?  There are only so many minutes in a day, plus you have other things to attend to in life -- how many songs can you practice each day? 

Aren't there some of your songs you never get around to playing -- maybe a whole year goes by without your playing them?

Do you feel the need to practice your songs plus the songs you know and love by others?  Or could you "rest on your laurels" and never have to practice them again?

Just before you perform a song for a concert, do you feel the need to "brush up" on the song by practicing it? If so, how many times do you play it?

Do you still make mistakes playing your own songs?

Have you ever found yourself wanting to change one of your songs markedly long after it has been produced on record, just through the mere fact of re-playing it over and over, and you find there are new improvisations and arrangements you'd like to add to it?

Okay, I see your bodyguards are getting edgy -- I'll let myself out now...  Thanks for the tea and scones...blue-meanie

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24 September 2013
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Thanks for all that input; I didn't know that about the teleprompter.  I'll have to check out that "Lady Madonna" version too...

It just occurred to me that the way the Beatles generally made music, they were more of a studio band after their initialy flurry of years, and Paul and John really got into multiple tracking, not to mention many takes to get it right, which can be ways of "cheating".  And certainly the first three or four solo albums (especially Ram) were deeply record studio projects, with lots of tracking over.

I realize that Paul over the years has made great strides in becoming a performing musician as well; however, I wonder whether the studio musician side of him is sometimes hardwired into his brain... For a perfectionist like he is, the studio is the place to be. 

I also realize that he -- and another Paul, Paul Simon, also a perfectionist -- can relax from his perfectionism and have a good time trying new things, making people happy live, or just not being obsessed about being as optimal as 50 takes can make a recording sound. Still, I think musicians like that, their heart is in crafting that perfect sound in the studio.

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Re: TSA pat downs....I love that you guys can script my fantasies!!! Can you imagine doing a pat down on Paul! During pat down, "No, really, Sir McCartney, the TSA really DOES require us to check there!" Thank God for imagination! Anyways, I have heard Paul screw up words to songs on rare occasions. I vaguely remember he screwed up some lyrics at the Olympics show. Some lyrics like in "Hey Jude", it is easy to do...get the verses reversed or skip one all together. I do know he uses the teleprompters and such...but I am sure he is easily distracted with all that is going on around him. Does anyone think he might wear contact lenses? How can his eyesight still be perfect after all these years? He must wear reading glasses at the very least! I'll find out if he is carrying a contact lens case or eyeglasses when I do the pat down!

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Have you ever asked Julian Lennon if he is bothered by you singing "Hey Jude" so often. Is there still a sore spot in his heart for his parents' divorce that gets mashed when he hears you sing that song?

 

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[snip] I'll have to check out that "Lady Madonna" version too...[snip]

Here's a link to the video. It's to the whole video. I suggest you carve out an hour to watch the whole thing. The end is spectacular. He is so talented and creative. The "Lady Madonna" part starts at 24:20.

 

 

 

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Thanks cbatcu -- for now I cheated and went straight for the Lady Madonna part.  I'll watch the rest of it later.  What year is that from?  Who's that blonde woman in the audience?

I have to say I don't care for this version; it's certainly interesting for him to try that and on one level, why not?  But that still doesn't mean I like it.  It sounds like a Billly Joel ballad now... To me the magic of the original is its tempo and the intricate piano (plus the harmonies from John and George and the saxophones).

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