Sir James Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942. Paul is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer and most know him as one of the vocalists and bassist for the Beatles. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970 Paul went on to form Paul McCartney & Wings with his then wife Linda McCartney. Paul is a self-taught musician that can play bass, guitar, keyboards and drums. His songwriting paired with John Lennon’s with the Beatles is widely known and revered by many.
It’s really a simple message and simple concept that love is all you need which of course is a song that was written by John Lennon entitled, “All you Need is Love”. Paul and John shared a unique partnership which I believe that is because both John and Paul have a lot to say with their words and messages to the world. There are so many songs that they wrote together that prove just how special the Beatles and their partnership was. For me personally, love is something that we all need. It’s one of the things that isn’t necessarily easily understood but widely known. We need to be kind to one another and that is part of being human and part of the love that we can show one another is random acts of kindness. I’ve been a Beatles fan for all of my life. I grew up listening to their albums and then of course as they had disbanded before I was born the individual members went on to create their own work and I grew up with them. My mother’s favorite Beatle was Paul and I understand that and my favorite Beatle is John Lennon. However I appreciate all members of the Beatles.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end or what Paul said the last day of anything is the first of something new. Just a different way of looking at it and it is all so true. Just because something is ending doesn’t mean it’s over but a beginning of something new. It’s the nature of life and the cycle of it all.
I loved this quote in regards to Paul talking about John and I am going to guess he was asked about writing songs after John died and I think because they had such a connection that I’m sure that when Paul was writing songs on his own he did think of John to get inspiration or when he got a bit stuck. That happens when you partner with someone you bounce off one another. You point out what is good and what is wrong with whatever it is that they’re working on. For me I’ve had a little help from my friends as well. Maybe one day I’ll talk about some of the people that have helped me with my own writing. I’d definitely like to say that the people that I write about on a daily basis definitely have an influence on what I write that particular day (which should be obvious) and some have influenced me more than others. So I suppose today I’m being inspired by John, George, Ringo and of course Sir Paul McCartney.
If I had to pick a second Beatle that I really loved it is tough because it’s a hard tie between George and Paul. I think I know what George Harrison was talking about when he told Paul that he smelled like home. The Beatles were a close knit band and I believe that the members had a special relationship. I think for George that there was something about Paul that reminded him of home or it was something about Paul that made him miss home less. I have had people in my life that remind me of home. Or I just feel at home when I’m with them. So I really do understand what George was letting Paul know, he was just telling him in another way that he loved him and that he felt at home with him. It isn’t easy to be able to have that in life and I think life is way too short to give up so easily on things because it’s too hard. It’s those hard things that makes life a little bit more worthwhile. Sometimes you have to do a bit more to maintain relationships in life. Bands disband, people continue to work and write music, people die and that cuts off all ties that we’re used to with people. So be careful who you decide to have or not to have in your life and who you decide to cut off. You might think that you’ll hurt less, you might think it’ll be easier but you also might find that you need that person. Maybe the relationship is different but the connection doesn’t have to be severed as if the other were dead. At least not until one passes and if you sever the relationship just to have regrets later when it’s too late then you’ll never be able to make it better. If I have advice it would be that people should not completely cut off someone just because the band breaks up. There were many years that Paul and John didn’t talk with one another but thankfully they did reconnect before John got shot and killed. Otherwise there would be regret.
I’ve always always loved the song Blackbird from the Beatles and since days post is dedicated to Paul McCartney I wanted to share this video which has him singing the song he wrote on his own while he was on tour with Wings.
While I was looking through videos for Blackbird I found this one that explains how Paul came up with the concept of Blackbird and how Bach influenced him. It also has a very nice message which I didn’t know about Blackbird which was about the civil rights movement and that he wrote Blackbird about a woman. I’m not going to spoil what he said about it but I thought it was beautiful that Paul wrote this so many years ago and it’s something that we need to really look at and see that not all white people are bad and some really do want all of us to be equal. To be seen as equals and want that equality. All you need is love, love is all you need and to have a little faith in one another to treat each other with love and kindness and equality. Thank you Paul McCartney.
Just a little bonus because I’ve always enjoyed Carpool Karaoke and this one has Paul.