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Cool Paul
30 October 2019
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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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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. a-hard-days-night-george-10 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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31 October 2019
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What a brilliantly intuitive and aware summary BB……..

I’m hoping others can recall moments where our confident/needy National Treasure…. Paul…… showed his cool side.

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Super cool of Paul to help out this taxi driver. https://www.taxi-point.co.uk/p…..th-minicab

Summary if you don’t have time to read the whole article.

A driver backs into a taxi that Paul is in. The driver tries to say it is the taxi guy’s fault. Paul intervenes, and the driver confesses his guilt.

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what entitlement from that driver!! Good on Paul a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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I think Paul simply is who he is.  He doesn’t fit into the other three’s personalities because that’s not who he is.  Let’s face it, he has a lot going for him, he’s probably the best looking and the best musician of the group.  It does bother me a bit when he tries to make sure he receives credit for his contributions to the Beatles.  I mean he’s Paul Frigging McCartney, he’s statistically the greatest songwriter of all time, and he’s half of the greatest songwriting partnership of all time, and he was a major force in the greatest group of all time.  How much more credit does he need? 

Like when he wanted Yesterday and other songs chaged to McCartney/Lennon instead of Lennon/McCartney.  I mean really?  Does that really matter?  Pretty much everyone who actually cares knows Paul wrote Yesterday , why change it?  It just seems petty.  So there is some insecurity there apparently.  But hey, everybody’s human, it’s not the worst thing on the planet.

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Wigwam said
You’ll accept or not that Paul is supremely aware of his talents and yet strangely ‘needy’

  

I was thinking about this earlier today when I was listening to some old Lennon interviews where John was being critical of Paul and George.  I thought it was interesting that John could act like an arse, and say some mean and hurtful things, but people seem to give him a pass on it, he’s forgiven for it quickly because people think “Oh, that’s just John”.  It seems like the more you behave like a jerk, the more people will expect it from you, and overlook it as part of your personality.  I don’t mean this as a criticism of John, just an observation.

We all know John was just as needy as Paul, maybe more so.  But for some reason when Paul is needy it grates on the nerves more.  I suppose it’s because we are so used to seeing John wear his thoughts and emotions on his sleeve, whereas Paul has always been less direct.  It’s a bit like how women will be more forgiving toward players acting more overtly sexual, because it’s what they expect of them.  It’s not surprising that they are both somewhat needy, since they had similar experiences with losing their mothers at a relatively young age. 

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Paul was spotted at the Super bowl today. When he appeared for a moment on the broadcast, several family members cheered. paul-mccartney

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Great thread! Thanks for posting it…yeah, Sir Paul is cool.

Rides the gravy train to work just like a regular bloke: “Hey, Dude!…Uhhh…Granddude? Er, uh…SIR Granddude…?”

What would I even call him?

Nah, no way. These things don’t happen…

My drum teacher from high school told me, “Hey, I met Paul McCartney !” (Nah, No way…etc.)

He kept saying how cool he was and that they’d had a nice chat. It was at a jazz club in London which is fairly well-known.

On the topic of who Paul is, it’s impossible for us to know the meaning of a song unless he tells us. There is a fourth wall; I’d rather not engage in speculation. Sir Paul is who he is: The baddest cat ever BASS, to paraphrase Richard Pryor. His lines seem to sound better when played up the neck, on as few strings as possible toward the bridge, as opposed to playing “toward the floor” which seems to give a thinner tone. John must have understood that when he said Paul plays the bass “…the way few others could play it.” 

How about the time they went to EMI and demanded to know why Wilson Pickett records sounded better: “What do you mean we can’t have bass?…C’mon, man, let’s move!”  Just listen to Paperback Writer then…cos all you need is ears. They used a speaker for a microphone on that one, Paul used his Rickenbacker and nothing’s been the same since…

Yeah, Paul’s cool. I guess

it’s true, what they say, in 

The End ” after all. 

…Y’know what else is cool about Sir Paul? He’s a master of disguise; apparently he even fooled his manager!

So I once got to talking to a co-worker, as you do, and I mentioned Paul…he looked at me and said:

“I met Paul McCartney !” (Nah, No way etc.)

“Yeah, it was in a sporting goods store in Arizona. He was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. I told my wife, ‘That’s Paul…’ and she said, ‘That’s not Paul…’…So while we were having this conversation…I dunno…he MUST have heard us…because HE COMES WALKING OVER!! ‘Hi, I’m Paul McCartney !’…he looks at her…silence…then he looks at me…I introduced myself and confirmed that I was in fact related to another celebrity (initials C.E.) He said it was nice to meet a fellow Brit in the States. Then he looked at her again…silence…so we talked a bit more and then he said he had to go…and he looked at her…silence…so after he left I said, ‘What’s the matter with you?? That was Paul…’

…and D’YKNOWWHAT??”

“No…what?” 

“Right up until the day we divorced…”

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Very amusing stream of consciousness there @hauserplenty. I laughed and snorted several times. paul-mccartneyFor reals I’ve seen pictures of Paul in the Tucson Costco. Sorry about the divorce though. However if your relative is the actor who played Westley, my sister would be interested in meeting up with you. pattie-boyd_02_gif

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Thank you kindly, glad you enjoyed the story. Hopefully I was able to convey how totally stoked the guy was. He wasn’t the most exuberant cat, but I got the sense it was a moving experience. There was disbelief in his voice in the all caps bits. And I never would have guessed he was British since he’d lost his accent. He sounded like Dr. House but 3 times as gruff…

Now, this:

TL;DR

Paul: Cool.

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I noticed this Paul McCartney quote posted recently on Facebook:

The teenage Paul McCartney would love the idea of fame. That’s what he was trying to do, that was the dream. But it’s funny – life gives you minor premonitions. You don’t think of them as premonitions until the dream comes true and then you think, “Hey, I wonder if that was a sign.” I remember when John and I were first hanging out together, I had a dream about digging in the garden with my hands. I’d dreamt that before but I’d never found anything other than an old tin can. But in this dream I found a gold coin. I kept digging and I found another. And another.

The next day I told John about this amazing dream I’d had and he said, “That’s funny, I had the same dream.” So both of us had this dream of finding this treasure. And I suppose you could say it came true. I remember years later talking about it – “Remember that dream we had?”; “Yeah, that was far out.” So the message of that dream was: keep digging, lads.

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Great for all of us they didn’t stop digging!

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