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"You Gave Me The Answer" contest on Paul's website!
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The latest (without the padding):

Chris from the UK has been in touch to find out. He asks Paul,
 
“When you have barbecues, what kind of food do you like to cook for your guests?”
 
We caught up with Paul recently to find out. He replied, 
 
“I love to cook Linda’s veggie burgers and sausages, which I have got down to a fine art. I also like to BBQ asparagus brushed with a little olive oil, but you have to keep an eye on these (like everything in life!)”

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I got a text from a friend this morning that Paul answered her question!

Amy from the U.S.A. has been in touch after noticing something that many of you may have wondered about: 
 
“You've had a Detroit Red Wings sticker on one of your acoustic guitars for years now. How did you get it and why have you kept it on there for all these years? Being from the Detroit area I'm very curious”.
 
We caught up with Paul recently to find out. He replied, 
 
“We were on a Wings tour quite a while ago and when we played Detroit somebody gave me aRed Wings sticker, which I liked the look of, so I stuck it on my guitar and I have kept it there ever since.  It does make it a little awkward when I go to places like Pittsburgh and the Mayor of the town offers me a Penguin sticker to put alongside!”

 

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When they zoomed in on that Penguins sticker during Yesterday, the cheer was deafening (and I was cheering as loud as I could)

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Latest answer:

We’re coming to the end of the school summer holidays here in the UK (and our unfortunately short summer!). Lots of you will have noticed the additional noise, chaos and excitement that summer brings when school’s out!

It’s certainly a very exciting time and really does seem to last forever through the eyes of a child. It’s a shame that the older you get, the shorter those precious months become!

August’s question for ‘You Gave Me The Answer’ comes from Donna Simmons in the US who asks…

“As a child, what was your favourite holiday and why?”

We caught up with Paul recently to find out. He replied,

“When I was about 11 or 12 our family went to a holiday camp in Wales called Butlins Pwllheli. It was the first time we had done anything like it and I was very excited. We were given daily bulletins listing all the events happening in the camp, these might have been a Beauty Contest or a dance in the Rock and Calypso Ballroom or a talent show. My brother, Mike, and I ran around all day trying to go to everything on the list.”

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 The song those family holidays all inspired

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Latest answer:

Autumn has arrived here in the UK. The days, although golden, are quickly becoming shorter (did you know that there are only 12 more Friday’s left until Christmas – this year has flown by!).
 
Sandals and sunglasses are steadily replaced with boots and coats, and here at MPL towers we’re beginning to find it more difficult to get up in the mornings! 
 
Some folks do love an early start - despite the bite in the air – whilst others prefer to extend their evenings and wrap up inside. 

And this brings us to our latest question for ‘You Gave Me The Answer’. Kristen in the US asks of Paul…
 
“Are you an early bird or a night owl, and what effect does this have on your work?”
 
We spoke with Paul shortly before he left for the US to continue his #OutThere tour to find out. He replied, 
 
“Thank you for your question Kristen. When I’m taking my youngest daughter to school, I’m an early bird but when I’m not I like to lay in bed in the morning. I often end up getting to bed at a reasonable time but occasionally have a night owl moment, but these are much less frequent than they were in the 60s! That said, it doesn’t really have to affect my work in any way.”

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I'm wondering whether "the 60s" refers to the 1960s or Paul's sixties. I like to think it's the latter, and that he was a massive party animal sexegenarian.

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This is a good one:

For nearly two years now, Paul has been answering fan questions for the website’s monthly feature ‘You Gave Me The Answer’. Since launching we’ve received tens of thousands of questions and it quickly became one of our favourite items to work on.

As this week sees the reissue of the remastered Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound - and because ‘You Gave Me The Answer’ was released on the former of the two - we thought it would be the perfect time to ask Paul a question about the song.

We had read in the impressive liner notes of the Venus and Mars Deluxe Edition that the song was a tip of the hat to the music Paul's father would play on the piano at home, but we should also hold up our hands and make a confession - we did this for selfish reasons too!

Several of us here at PaulMcCartney.com play instruments and we’ve always been delighted and impressed by how intricate and complex Paul’s arrangements can be. ‘You Gave Me The Answer’ is a great example with Paul employing F diminished, G# diminished and Bb diminished; chords not often found in pop songs!

We wanted to geek out a little, so our question to Paul was this:

"You have famously talked about how you jumped on a bus across Liverpool to learn the chord B7 from a guy who knew how to play it. How did you get from there to using the more complicated diminished and augmented chords that began appearing on the early Beatles albums and have continued to be used in your songs such as ‘You Gave Me The Answer’"?

We sat down with Paul in his London office just before he left to continue his ‘Out There’ tour of the US. And boy, were we in for a treat!

Paul told us,

“It was a combination of three ways, really. Some were from people showing them to us; for example, Jim Gretty who was a guy from a guitar shop in Liverpool called Hessy’s. He had a guitar and was a jazz player, and I remember him showing us a chord that was F, but it had a couple of notes added. We called it F demented!"

Paul then picked up the acoustic guitar that lives in his office and began playing the F demented chord. You have to really stretch your fingers to make the chord, but Paul did it with ease.

“The chord found its way into a lot of things, like ‘Michelle.’  Another chord came in via ‘Along Came Jones’ by The Coasters.”

Paul again illustrated his point by playing 'Michelle' followed by 'Along Came Jones' by The Coasters. (Check out The Coasters' song when you get chance, it's a great tune!)

"Sometimes we would pick them up from sheet music, like, 'Oh! We don’t know that chord'. But mainly it was just figuring it out from listening to songs we liked. We knew that something went up in the chords, so me and George would work it out. Buddy Holly would use an odd chord like that - ‘Raining In My Heart’ - and the second chord in there was augmented. We worked a lot of that out by ear. There’d also be songs like 'Til There Was You’ that would have these chords in too."

Paul then told us whilst laughing, "Sometimes we’d be working with people who knew notation and stuff and they would say, 'Is that C diminished? Is that the chord?' And we’d look at each other, shrug and go, 'Yes!'"

Then, almost as an encore to our question, Paul played us 'Raining In My Heart' by Buddy Holly.

We are always aware of how fortunate we are to work with Paul, but to get our own personal mini-concert was something else! One of the things we love about playing music is that when something inspires you, you want to pick up your instrument and try it out yourself and that evening after work we all raced home to try out the F demented chord (it's really not that easy to play on the guitar!).

I'd be okay with their not returning to the usual format.

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Glad to see a question asked that has some relevance, interest and relation to Paul's work. Hopefully there will be more of the same.

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Maybe this will be the spark that gets this Q&A thing on the right track!

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Paul's people are looking for a Christmas-themed question. Submit here. I guess we're back to the fluff.

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parlance said

Paul's people are looking for a Christmas-themed question. Submit here. I guess we're back to the fluff.

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Do you ever sit around some cold Christmas nights with friends discussing who sang the Ahhhs in ADITL?

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Mr. Kite said

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Paul's people are looking for a Christmas-themed question. Submit here. I guess we're back to the fluff.

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Do you ever sit around some cold Christmas nights with friends discussing who sang the Ahhhs in ADITL?

That could be a fun pass time at the BB house!

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Annadog40 said

Mr. Kite said

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Paul's people are looking for a Christmas-themed question. Submit here. I guess we're back to the fluff.

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Do you ever sit around some cold Christmas nights with friends discussing who sang the Ahhhs in ADITL?

That could be a fun pass time at the BB house!

It would probably end badly! paul-mccartney

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parlance said
Paul's people are looking for a Christmas-themed question. Submit here. I guess we're back to the fluff.

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Is it possible to get 'Wonderful Christmastime' banned for the next 10 years so folk might become less fed up hearing it constantly over a 6 week period?

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What decorations do you put on your tree? (I might as well submit one that has half a chance of being answered.)

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meanmistermustard said

parlance said
Paul's people are looking for a Christmas-themed question. Submit here. I guess we're back to the fluff.

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Is it possible to get 'Wonderful Christmastime' banned for the next 10 years so folk might become less fed up hearing it constantly over a 6 week period?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! That is my favorite Christmas song!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I haven't heard it yet this year and already i'm dreading those horrid opening chords.

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