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Writer's Block: Band on the run

Which song associated with musician Paul McCartney is your favorite, and why?

I'm sick with a horrible cold and feel like absolute crap, but I could not resist answering this question.

I've been a Beatles fan for more than half my life, and so I (like many others, I imagine) tend to think "Beatles" when I think of Paul McCartney, even though his career without them has been longer than with them.  Ahem, anyway...

I don't know if it's possible to pick just one.  Whether he was writing alone or as half of the famous Lennon/McCartney duo, many, many of Paul's songs are among my favourites.  So, I won't pick one.  I will pick several.

I Saw Her Standing There - One of his earliest songs, I like it for a number of reasons that very likely have names in the musical world, but I am not a musician.  It's fast and upbeat, full of energy and youth, and has those signature "whooooos" where I can imagine Paul grinning and shaking his head every time.

All My Loving
- Although technically Lennon/McCartney, the general rule is whoever sang it wrote it, and this song just screams Paul.  This was the first Beatles, and therefore McCartney song I fell in love with.

- One of the earliest examples of solo work within the group, Yesterday was all Paul, even though it was still credited Lennon/McCartney.  Just a guitar and Paul's voice (with some extra orchestral stuff I easily fail to notice every time). 

I'm Looking Through You
- Not sure exactly why I like this one as much as I do, but it's one of those I never skip when it comes up on my iPod.  Again, it's Lennon/McCartney but without vocal contribution from Lennon, a sure sign of a McCartney song.

Eleanor Rigby - Sad and beautiful, and so true.

Hey Jude - What's not to like, really?  The backstory is part of its appeal -- this song, orignially titled "Hey Jules" was written by Paul as a pep talk to young Julian Lennon.  His parents had just divorced and John was now with Yoko, and I think it's a wonderful thing for a musician to do -- write a song for a friend in need.

Blackbird - Like Yesterday, it's just Paul and his guitar (and his tapping feet).  Love the message, love the lyrics and the sound of the guitar.

Let It Be
- I'm noticing that I tend to like Paul's long, piano-led songs.  I don't know again if I can pick a reason.  I just love it.

The Long and Winding Road - I hated this song when I was thirteen and just beginning what would become a life-long obsession with the Beatles.  I called it "The Long and Boring Song".  Then I got older, and fell as deeply in love with this song as all the others (and hey, look, another piano song!)  As a writer, I can imagine the story hidden in the lyrics and that really appeals to me.

Band on the Run - I had to pick something from his post-Beatles career, and likely to my own loss I don't know much of these works.  However, this is one that I have always liked.  It was even the ring tone on my cell, several phones ago.  It has a bit of the same charm as Bohemian Rhapsody, in that it feels like a couple of different songs all put together in a way that works.

There are oodles of other songs I could pick, songs that were true collaborations between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but I wanted to keep this mainly Paul-related and also didn't want it getting too long.


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Jun. 19th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
There are some fantastic chocies there!

I think I'd also have a lot of trouble picking just one song.

What I don't have a problem with is picking my least favourite :) Mull of Kintyre. There's nothing completely terrible about it, only I used to be able to see the actual Mull of Kintyre from my kitchen window. Three years of having that song stuck in your head at meal times really takes the shine off!
Jun. 19th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
I've heard reference to this song but haven't actually heard it! And I didn't notice until now, but seeing as how "mull" isn't a word generally used over here, somewhere along the way I apparently decided, subconsciously, that the "Mull" was a person! Silly me. Wikipedia cleared that one up for me.

I don't know that I could pick a least favourite, either!
Jun. 29th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I love all of McCartney's work, even Mull of Kintyre (when the bagpipes start up I go nuts). Along with Yesterday and Eleanor Rigby, I love She's Leaving Home, When I'm Sixty-Four, All Together Now, and from his solo work I think my favorite is Wanderlust from the Tug of War album.
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