17 October 2013
Please note that this is only how I've felt over the years. It's a personal reflection and nothing worth a whit more!
Since the earliest days of my Beatle watching there was often something 'wannabe' about Paul that made me come close to cringing.
Now this is not a Paul knocking thread.......Let me explain.....
I'd put Ringo's popularity in the early US days as down to his exciting name being that of the obvious leader of a group's muster who's names were, John, Paul, George, and RINGO...But he is genuine and loveable.
George...darkly handsome, somewhat enigmatic and very dry ......I could see why a lot of girls of an independent mind made this quiet Beatle their favourite.
John.....He appealed to us thinking men who could aspire at least to being creative, bossy and dominant.......That was because we knew even in our boldest fantasies that we could never aspire to Paul's heartthrob matinée idol 'dreamy' looks.......Let alone his talent.
On the face of it Paul's self-conscious acting, when the others seemed less concerned about their image......Was at odds with his supreme confidence in performing and his genius musicality......
His pushiness to claim his full credit due...Shown to me at least by the way his answers to questions seemed often to be framed to illustrate his key contributions even to a John song.....I suppose John was as bad/good in this respect......
So I loved Paul but!!?
Let's leave that.You'll accept or not that Paul is supremely aware of his talents and yet strangely 'needy'.....Or you'll disagree and why not?
This is about times when Paul was definitely COOL.....With his shoes on!!
I'm thinking of a recent'ish example.
Paul get's off a plane from London. He's driven with Police escort straight to Billy Joel's concert at Shea......He's backstage laughing and joking while his introduction is being made.....It's the moment about 2.40 into the vid.....Where he dons his violin bass, rolls up his shirt-sleeves and seamlessly enters his wonderful and by now effortless bass-lines to the intro already underway out front of house.
He nods to the backstage back slappers.....And strolls out minutes from his flight's touchdown to an ecstatic audience and.........
I thought that was so cool Sir Paul......Felt proud to be your fan.........
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15 February 2015
I think your take is pretty accurate. I'm tempted to blather on about how his astrology influences this but I'll spare you all. I think Paul is, at heart, self-aware to the point of self-consciousness, paradoxically proud and insecure at the same time, a guy who greatly loves and needs to be loved. When you get past the public face he's a nice guy, but it's kind of hard for him to turn it off sometimes, especially after 50 years in the limelight -- it becomes automatic.
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17 October 2013