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‘THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD’

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“The Long and Winding Road,” written by Paul, but attributed to both McCartney and John Lennon.  No mistake; this was a McCartney composition. Paul says he created the title when he first traveled to his High Park Farm property in Scotland, which he had bought in 1966. It is a reflective piece, inspired by the road that stretched up the hills in the remote Highlands near Campbeltown. Paul wrote this in 1968, while on his farm at a time when tensions were growing among the Beatles.

As Paul reported to Mike Merritt of the “Sunday Herald in 2003, “I just sat down at my piano in Scotland, started playing and came up with that song, imagining it was going to be done by someone like Ray Charles. I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland and again it proved the place where I found inspiration”.

According to Peter Frampton, the song had a somewhat contentious history, as he recalled how Lennon engaged American music producer Phil Spector, rather than George Martin, their regular producer, to help with the “Let it Be” album on which “The Long and Winding Road” is recorded.

The Beatles taped the song several times, but when Spector entered the picture, he overdubbed the song with a small orchestral group and a women’s choir.  Paul found it distasteful.  At that point, he determined to dissolve the Beatles’ partnership, and taking his case to London’s High Court, he cited one of the reasons for the dissolution as “intolerable inference” by overdubbing “The Long and Winding Road” without his input and consultation. It was the Beatles’ final number-one single on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart in America, but for many fans, the song captured sadness at the disbanding of such a talented group.  Brian Wilson of “Rolling Stone” is reported to have said:  “When they broke up I was heartbroken.  I think they should have kept going.”

Of this incident and the song, Paul said:  “I was a bit flipped out and tripped out at that time. It’s a sad song because it’s all about the unattainable; the door you never quite reach. This is the road that you never get to the end of.” Still, the song may mean different things to different people; and whereas, when I was younger, it seemed to be of shared sentimentality and sadness, I now see it as a song of hope and inspiration, and of joy and love of good things to come.

The long and winding road, That leads to your door

Will never disappear, I’ve seen that road before

It always leads me here, Lead me to your door.

source:thespectrum


‘YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER’ – Louisa from the US asks…

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We love January in London. Of course, there are always two sides to every coin and we think the best thing about cold, short days is that we have the perfect excuse to stay in and cosy up with a book / album / film [delete as appropriate!].

If, like us, you have found that spending more time than usual with your loved ones over the holiday season also seems to result in more time spent in front of the telly, you are not alone! In fact, this month’s question has sparked a huge office debate over the ultimate TV programme! And if you thought those kinds of important discussions were off limits to someone like Paul… well, think again!

Louisa from the US got in touch to ask Paul:

“What are your favourite American television shows of all time?”

Paul: “Thanks for your question, Louisa. Well, you know it depends what genre. I mean, if it’s a series then I liked ‘Breaking Bad’ a lot. And then game shows? I like ‘Family Fortunes!’” (AKA ‘Family Feud’ in the US!)

PM.com: “We’ve seen you watching that on tour!”

Paul: “I nearly always have that on in the dressing room before a show because you don’t have to think too hard and it’s not depressing. You know, whereas if you’ve got the news channel something could come on that can makes me think, ‘Oh, my God!’ And then you’ve got to try and do a show!

“So, I like Steve Harvey in America doing ‘Family Fortunes’. I just like guessing at, you know [does impression] ‘100 men, were asked what…’ And I like trying to get the top answer! I just think it’s a fun show, you know. So that’s nice and light. And then as I say, series probably ‘Breaking Bad’ and I like ‘Veep’, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She’s very funny and I think it’s a hilarious look at her being the Vice President. It’s very like the British series ‘The Thick of It’.”

source:paulmccartney.com

PAUL REVEALS HIS PRE-GIG RITUAL INVOLVES WATCHING “FAMILY FORTUNES” IN HIS DRESSING ROOM

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Paul admitted that he loves tuning in to episodes of Family Fortunes before he takes to the stage.

The revelation came about when the star was asked by a fan to name his favourite American TV shows of all time.
Paul said: “Well, you know it depends what genre. I mean, if it’s a series then I liked Breaking Bad a lot. And then game shows? I like Family Fortunes!.
“I nearly always have that on in the dressing room before a show because you don’t have to think too hard and it’s not depressing. You know, whereas if you’ve got the news channel something could come on that can makes me think, ‘Oh, my God!’ And then you’ve got to try and do a show!
“So, I like Steve Harvey in America doing Family Fortunes. I just like guessing at, you know [does impression] ‘100 men, were asked what…’
“And I like trying to get the top answer! I just think it’s a fun show, you know. So that’s nice and light. And then as I say, series probably Breaking Bad and I like Veep, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She’s very funny and I think it’s a hilarious look at her being the Vice President. It’s very like the British series The Thick of It.”
The game show – which is based on the American version Family Feud – ran on ITV from 1980 to 2002, before being revived by the same channel in 2006 under the title of All Star Family Fortunes.
The game involves two families providing answers to everyday questions that were surveyed by 100 members of the British public before the show to win cash prizes.
The top answers are displayed on a large electronic board, known as “Mr. Babbage”, which famously sounds a wrong answer “Eh-uhh” sound effect and its accompanying X to signal the strike, as well as a “ding” for a right answer.Past presenters include Bob Monkhouse, Max Bygraves and Les Dennis.

source:mirror

LAURENCE JUBER RELEASING DIGITAL VERSION OF DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, FEATURING “MAISIE” WAS RECORDED IN 1978 WITH PAUL AND WINGS

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Former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber‘s debut solo album, Standard Time, which was first issued in 1982, will be released as a digital download for the first time ever this Friday, January 26. The instrumental collection features two original Juber compositions, one of which, “Maisie,” was recorded in 1978 with Paul McCartney on bass and fellow Wings members Denny Laine and Steve Holley on harmonica and drums, respectively, while the band was working on its final record, Back to the Egg.

Juber has posted a video of “Maisie”, that features text telling the story behind the recording of the track, as well as archival photos of him and his Wings band mates:

Paul and Laurence Juber reunite backstage at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California, on April 17, 1993, during Paul’s solo New World Tour

Maisie” was my songwriting contribution to the album. It was really my first finger-style guitar piece. It was recorded with Paul, Steve Holley [drums], and Denny Laine [rhythm guitarist] — he’s playing harmonica on the track — so it’s essentially a Wings song.

The album also includes covers of various standards, among them “Stormy Weather,” “Autumn Leaves,” “After You’ve Gone” and “There Never Will Be Another You.” Standard Time came about after McCartney asked Juber to record songs owned by Paul’s publishing company. The original version of Standard Time, which was only issued on vinyl, featured six songs, while the new digital edition boasts 10 tracks.

 

Here’s the track list of the digital edition of Standard Time:

“You’re No Good”
“Dinah”
“Don’t Let Go”
“Maisie”
“There Will Never Be Another You”
“Stormy Weather”
“Autumn Leaves”
“Four Brothers”
“After You’ve Gone”
“The Christmas Song”

source:ABCRadio

PALOMA FAITH HAS REVEALED THAT PAUL ALMOST FEATURED IN HER LATEST ALBUM

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Paloma Faith has revealed that Paul almost featured in her latest album The Architect
BRITS Best Female nominee Paloma Faith has revealed Paul almost featured on her latest album The Architect.
In an exclusive interview, she said: “He came to rehearsals and said, ‘I’d love to jam with you’. He didn’t make it but sent a cake with a note that said, ‘Sorry, snowed under. “Let’s jam another time.’”
Paloma is set for a 20-date UK summer tour, including gigs at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey and the Edinburgh Summer Sessions, which goes on sale this Friday.

A NOTE FROM PAUL ABOUT THE FIGHT FOR OUR REEF

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“One of my friends has pointed out to me the great work done by the Australian Marine Conservation Society, particularly in regard to the Great Barrier Reef. Having just been to Australia and New Zealand I agree with him that we should save these areas of great natural beauty. Please go to them for more information and help AMCS in their great efforts.” – Paul

The Australian Marine Conservation Society are an independent, science based charity who tackle the big issues concerning the sea – creating marine reserves, combatting overfishing and pollution, and working to stop climate change which is heating up our ocean planet. Their main focus right now is rescuing the Great Barrier Reef through their Fight for our Reef campaign which seeks to move Australia away from coal mines and towards clean renewable energy.

To find out more information and how you could help AMCS click HERE!

source:paulmccartney.com