Paul McCartney Says He Talks To John Lennon While Writing Songs
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.25.2013
If he's not sure about a song...
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Paul McCartney spoke about his new album New (his 24th album since leaving the Beatles). He said that even though he's teamed up with producers Paul Epworth (Adele), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse), Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George Martin) and Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon), he still works with John Lennon.
He said: "If I'm at a point where I go, 'I'm not sure about this,' I'll throw it across the room to John. He'll say, 'You can't go there, man.' And I'll say, 'You're quite right. How about this?' 'Yeah, that's better.' We'll have a conversation. I don't want to lose that."
He also said that his relationship with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is better. He called her a "badass" and said: "I thought, 'If John loved her, there's got to be something. He's not stupid,'" McCartney says. "It's like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had? George would say to me, 'You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life.'"
However, he added that he will never forgive John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman. He added: "I think I could pretty much forgive anyone else. But I don't see why I'd want to forgive him. This is a guy who did something so crazy and terminal. Why should I bless him with forgiveness?"
Finally, he revealed why he keeps recording and doing live shows, even at the age of 71. He said: "I've always got the critic in my mind,. He keeps me on my toes — 'Don't get too blasé about it.' I don't want to become too smug, to think I'm great."