I’ve been a Beatles fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve got a 45 collection like no body’s business. I’ve got all their albums and can still play the proper version of Yesterday and the lead on I Feel Fine on guitar in my sleep. Many a day of my teen life was spent learning Beatles’ material and fantasizing about being the modern day fifth Beatle.
When John Lennon was murdered on Dec. 8, 1980, I was deeply upset. When I saw Paul’s commentary as he got out of the car to walk into a building, “Yeah, It’s a drag…” I couldn’t believe it. Someone so gifted with words having so little command of them was hard to comprehend.
But I’ve come to think it’s something like British entertainers. They speak in their England English until they sing. Then they sing like Americans. Paul writes and sing great songs, but through the years, most of us have come to realize he’s horrible when he talks. In fact, in many ways, he’s just plain silly or down right acts like he’s taken one too many trips on Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
COMES NOW SIR PAUL AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Remember what I said above. Well, by now you’ve likely heard the slight Paul gave George W. Bush at the recent White House presentation of the Gershwin Prize, making McCartney only the third person in US history to be given the award on behalf of the Library of Congress.
“After the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is,” McCartney quipped.
Besides the fact that W. is married to a former librarian, it’s really just another stupid thing that Paul’s said. I really don’t think he can help it.
I saw an interview once upon a time when darling Martha Quinn was still on MTV, you know, in the day when MTV actually played videos…. She said then that Paul should just retire and rest on his library of work. And when you look back at the past, maybe John summarized it best, at least when compared to the past 15-20 years, when he said about Paul, the only thing (he’s really) done was Yesterday.