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"You Gave Me The Answer" contest on Paul's website!
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I’ve always thought about that, too. Would the early Beatles like what they would become, or would they find it too strange? If you did that, then they e wouldn’t have Sgt. Pepper‘s though, because they would see those songs as somebody else’s. That would probably be mad confusing to them, too, since they would be hearing music that sounds like them singing, but they wouldn’t know, and Paul had already written When I’m 64. 

Wouldn’t it be even funnier to play them Revolution 9 to see if that scare the hell out of them ? How could they even imagine recording that only 6 years later ?

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Christmas edition:

It really feels like Christmas for all of us here at PaulMcCartney.com with two large trees up in the office (and a cardboard cut-out of one of us on top as the angel!).

For the month of December, our office is transformed into a colourful mix of tinsel, lights, trees and Christmas songs on the radio (along with the traditional argument over who wrote the best one!). There always seems to be a box of chocolates being passed around too. (We’re a very festive bunch here!)

Last month –in preparation for Christmas – we asked you to send in your questions for Paul and we received so many we couldn’t pick just one. Instead, we chose a nice selection and sat down with Paul to find out some of his Christmas favourites…

 

PaulMcCartney.com: “What is your favourite Christmas song and by what artist?”

Paul: [sings ‘Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire’]

PaulMcCartney.com: “But which version is your favourite?”

Paul: “Nat King Cole’s. So that is called ‘The Christmas Song’, but known by a lot of people as ‘Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire’. I think that’s my favourite. Nat King Cole’s version is so atmospheric. Not a bad singer, and I used his microphone at Capital Studios in LA for ‘Kisses On The Bottom ’. And the guy came up to me and said, ‘Did you know that this is the microphone that Nat used?’ [Inhales heavily] ‘Ah, so no pressure!’”

PaulMcCartney.com: “What is your favourite Christmas movie?”

Paul: “I think it’s got to be ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, which is the one you see the most and it still works after all these years.”

PaulMcCartney.com: “What’s your favourite Christmas memory?”

Paul: “I think waking up as a really little kid on Christmas morning, and just seeing the white pillowcase that we used to get.”

PaulMcCartney.com: “Like a Christmas stocking?”

Paul: “Yes, it was like a stocking but Mum and Dad used to put it in a white pillowcase, and it would be a present, a couple of nuts and a tangerine.”

PaulMcCartney.com: “We still get the tangerine!”

Paul: “Yes, it’s funny what they put in! We weren’t well off so it wouldn’t be like kids today with their serious couple-of-hundred-quid presents. But yeah, it was just so exciting it was the ‘He’s been! He’s been!’ Just totally buying into this idea that Santa had been in your bedroom and left this white pillowcase. Nuts, tangerine and a present or two. It’s funny though; it’s not so much the value of the presents – though that was good too! – it was just this idea of, ‘He’s been!’”

PaulMcCartney.com: “It has a really nice innocence to it.”

Paul: “I think that’s what it is. The favourite memories come through your childhood innocence.”

 

We’d like to hear some of your festive family favourites! Let us know your favourite Christmas songs, films and memories in the comments below…

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas from Paul and PaulMcCartney.com!

 

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Love it, especially the bit about Nat King Cole’s mic. ‘Did you know that this is the microphone that Nat used?’ [Inhales heavily] ‘Ah, so no pressure!’  Thanks for sharing @parlance!

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Paul is spot on, Nat King Cole’s is the definitive version of ‘The Christmas Song’, was listening to it today and its incredible the difference between his and every other i’ve heard. Can’t stand ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ however, tried to watch it twice and fallen asleep twice about 20 minutes in.

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I like Paul’s vegging up the classic too.

You’re definitely missing out with “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It’s one of the best films ever made, Christmas or otherwise. The theater where I volunteer is showing it, and this makes me incredibly happy.

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I’ve tried twice and gotten so bored within 10 minutes. Just not for me.

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I’ve tried twice and gotten so bored within 10 minutes. Just not for me.

That’s what I’m saying, you’re missing out by not sticking with it. I remember it being slow for me at first, but I was glad the first time I watched it through.

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Oh life is too short to try watching a film for the third time which bored me senseless the first two.

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The latest edition of ‘What You’re Doing‘ is up on Paul’s website which means we have the latest fascinating installment of ‘You Gave Me The Answer‘ where we get indepth with Paul on his life, inspirations, likes etc.

The epic ‘Hope For The Future ‘ features a full orchestra, which has had some of you wondering if Paul has a favourite piece of classical music…

Editha from Germany has been in touch to find out:

“What is your favourite piece of classical music and why?” 

We caught up with Paul fresh from his Christmas holiday and he replied, 

“Thank you for your question, Editha. I have many favourite pieces of classical music but one of my favourites is a piece that was written by Benjamin Britten for the Queen’s Coronation and played by the guitarist Julian Bream. The title is ‘Courtly Dances’ from ‘Gloriana'”.

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WOW! Imagine being answered by HIMSELF! beatlemaniacs_02_gif

But I can’t anyway ’cause I’m not on any social media websites (that is, except this one, and I didn’t see a “Beatles Bible” option– pity!). And… *takes deep breath*… I’m too shy. 

But IF… hypothetically… I might ask, “What would you tell John, if John was here today?” but I think I already know the answer, and anyway…. too sad! So maybe, “What sort of things go through your head when you hear a song that you recorded a long time ago?” (*wink wink nudge nudge* like Beatlesong!!). 

 

 a-hard-days-night-paul-7I’d ask ‘im meself, only I’m shy. 

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@Beatlebug, if you have questions for Paul, you might like to look through this thread and contribute to it. Questions you’d ask Paul if you could interview him We will reserve this thread for this specific answer contest from Paul’s website.

Just beware of the counseling sofa talk in the thread I pointed you to. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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New answer:

March has been a very arts-orientated month here at PaulMcCartney.com with the launch of a 3D printable Paul (yes, you read that correctly!) and the brand new feature ‘Paintings On The Wall’; an online art forum created by Paul, discussing the works of some of his favourite artists. 
 
We published the first article of the series earlier this month focusing on Belgian surrealist René Magritte.
 
Jay from California has been in touch to ask a question that we thought tied in nicely with the launch of Paul’s new art forum. He asks: 
 
“Paul, who is your favourite painter?” 
 
We caught up with Paul during his recent visit to the office to discuss the second painter to feature in the next ‘Paintings On The Wall’ (coming soon!).
 
Paul answered: 
 
“Thank you for your question, Jay. I don’t have one, I have a group of people whose pictures I like a lot and that would be Magritte, de Kooning, Rembrandt, and quite a few others. There’s a lot of really great painters, but I’d choose those as some of my favourites.”
 
Read the piece on René Magritte by clicking HERE! then let us know what you think of his work, or share your favourite painter with us in the comments below…

You can also read all about the 3D printable Paul HERE!

Mods, I’d missed the launch of the artists series, and I’d like to start a thread for it. Should I start it in the All Together Now section? Edit: Actually, it sounds like they’ll be adding thoughts from Paul each time, so that keeps it on topic.

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From a couple of days ago:

Regular visitors to PaulMcCartney.com will no doubt be aware that each month we sit down with Paul for the fan Q&A feature ‘You Gave Me The Answer’. We’ve been running this feature for the past couple of years and during that time we’ve discussed all manner of things with Paul from what he would do if he was invisible for the day, what his superpower would be, where he would go if he had a time machine and where he learnt the complicated chords that often appear in his songs (and that question also resulted in Paul giving us our very own mini concert in his office!). 

During our Q&As with Paul we’ve always been impressed by how quick-witted and funny he can be with his responses. However, during this Q&A we experienced a very funny first for us – Paul was stumped for an answer! What was the question that did it…?

Question: “If you were a woman for a day, what would you do?”

Paul: [Laughs] “The possibilities are endless! What would I do? I think I’d need some time to think about that! What would I do as a woman for day…? I don’t know! That’s a big question! The mind boggles… Give me two weeks and I’ll think of an answer to that! It may not be printable, that’s the problem! I’ll have to think about it. [Asks a lady within the room for help who replies, “I don’t know!”] Even a woman doesn’t know!”

So there we have it – our very first question to curve ball Paul! 

Fanfic challenge accepted.

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Fanfic challenge accepted.

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Oh, I can just see the McLennon fans go barmy over this. The possibilities…. paul-mccartney

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Looks like we all missed a month. I’m sure you’re all having major withdrawal symptoms so here is your latest fix (it’s dated July 2015 and we’re in August but never mind).

The warm summer weather has officially arrived here in the UK, which seems to have resulted in our diaries being full (and our wallets empty!). 

It’s important to take a moment to relax and chill out between the stream of weddings, BBQs and outdoor parties the summer months invariably bring. Many of us like to take our holidays around this time too, but if drinking from coconuts on a far away beach isn’t for you, there is another (and cheaper!) way to unwind.

We found Paul to be somewhat of an expert on this topic when we caught up with him during his ‘Out There’ tour to ask him this month’s ‘You Gave Me Answer’. The question was sent in by Grace Ann from the US, who asks: “Do you still meditate and do you think it’s had a positive effect on your life?”

Paul replied, “Yes, I think it’s great! I think it’s always very good to get a sort of still moment in your day. Whenever I have a chance in a busy schedule, I’ll do it, if I’m not rushing out the door with some crazy stuff to do. But yeah, I always like to take a moment and just meditate. It’s a good thing. I do the ‘TM’  [Transcendental Meditation] and I was lucky because I was taught personally by Maharishi.”

PaulMcCartney.com: “When you were out in India with The Beatles?”
 

Paul: “When we were in India, yes.” 

PaulMcCartney.com: “Do you still use the same mantra?”

Paul: “Yeah! You only get one. It’s good! It’s very calming.”

If our wallets are empty why are we getting made to pay £45 to get the original remastered ‘ToW’ album? 

I doubt that will the question next month.

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Probably more in the realm of “do you shave wet or dry?” Because , you know, that’s what really matters… a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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We may have missed some questions, but I don’t think we missed anything important.

Here’s the most recent Q&A

“Your given name is James Paul, why did your parents call you Paul rather than James, Jim or Jimmy?” 

“Thanks for your question Jayne. It’s a strange story! I was told that it was because if letters arrived at the house for James McCartney, you wouldn’t know whether it was my Dad – that was James McCartney – or me, James McCartney. So that worked until they called my brother – whose name was Peter Michael McCartney – Michael!? And there was no Peter in the house to confuse him with! So I’ve ended up thinking it was rather Irish! I’ve no idea! My mum was Irish – and I don’t know, maybe there’s just some old thing where they call you by your second name. Nobody ever called me James, it was always Paul!”

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Funny you should mention it. I really wondered why they chose that question. It’s not like Paul hasn’t explained this many times before… Then again, the day they pick a surprising question is probably also the day I won the lottery: never.

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I’ve given up caring about the Q&A. If they ever get around to asking Paul something which he hasn’t been asked before and is better than “where you do you buy your socks from?” let me know.

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Received Paul’s monthly newsletter this morning and that means the fascinating Q&A section where new levels of startling revelation are met each month and i’m pleased to say this month does not let us down.

Jacob from the UK got in touch recently to ask Paul, “Do you collect anything and if so, what?”

We spoke with Paul shortly after Christmas to find out. He replied, “Thanks for your question, Jacob. Do I collect anything? Besides dust?! I don’t collect records or anything. I suppose no, I don’t really.” (Someone in the room suggests ‘grandchildren’, which raises a smile!)“As far as collect? No, but I love horses and have a few. That’s the nearest I come to collecting anything!”

Better get rewriting that Macca book now folks.

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