I constantly marvel at the brilliance of the songwriting collaboration between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I don't know if they ever wrote a bad song. It boggles the mind. I mean, everyone knows this, but it still blows me away every time I think about it. Why did they ever break up?
So it was with great interest that I read a nice feature in the LA Times about Paul's new album, "Memory Almost Full," which he is releasing through Hear Music, the Starbuck's label. The following passage, about "the days when it was easy to bend over a guitar with Lennon on the other rumpled bed and work magic on cue":
"We were writing 'She Loves You' because we'd been told by our manager
that we needed a single. And we were just, 'OK.' It was great. We just
responded well to direction. They'd say, 'You're going into studio
next week, so you'll need to write the album.' And we'd go, 'OK.' Ha!
Never once do I remember us going, 'A whole album in a week?' Which,
you know, we should've thought.
"But we go, 'Yeah, great, OK.' We were just so innocent and
enthusiastic. So yeah, that's what we did all the time. We wrote just
under 300 songs, and that was done in about 300 sessions. We never had
a dry session."
How could that be?
"Because we were bloody brilliant. Pure genius, that's all. 'We were
very good,' he said modestly,' " and he smiles for his failure to
conjure up the requisite humility. "The good thing is, now you can say
that. People used to say, 'Don't you think you're a bit conceited?'
And I'd say, 'I know what you mean, you could say it's conceited, but
I really do know we're good. I can feel it every time we write a
song.' Because John and I were very good collaborators. We really
helped each other massively and admired each other greatly."
He thinks for a moment. "It was a joy," he says.