Maybe I’m Amazed - Paul McCartney Interview with Stephen Colbert (9/24/2019)
Sir Beatle Paul McCartney was interviewed for most of the hour-long show by Colbert, and it was among the most genuine and interesting interviews I’ve seen with McCartney, over the decades. A long-time Beatles’ fan’s ultimate interview, filling in a lot of interesting details, with this deft and awestruck interviewing by Colbert.
McCartney talks about being a Beatle, about John (who he dreams of), about what it feels like to be himself (which is humbling and psychologically fascinating). He speaks of his talent with music writing with 'mindfulness', using a metaphor of computers - having been like a data collector from his father’s music influences and simply “processing” all he had in his head and out came the songs. Some came in his sleep (Yesterday
Stories about the music, his life as a Beatle, what it felt like at that moment, being back in the Ed Sullivan theater (where the Beatles debuted to an American audience), or being interviewed now by Colbert. And being a grand-dude. Colbert was gob-smacked, clearly, in his reverence and awe. And Paul was Paul. Some humor and little bits of info not shared before. No spoiler alerts here! Watch!
Of course, being Colbert, a few references were made (just in passing) to a new McCartney song about a mad king destroying the planet (guess who? The one who wears a face kept in a jar by the door?)
Just wonderful... “Must see” for Beatles-Wings-McCartney fans. I tried to find the complete interview in one cohesive chunk (not presented that way yet) or even divided up so they could be seen a segment at a time in order. Here’s the latter, yeah yeah yeah!!START HERE>>>
Part 1 - Paul McCarney - Intro/Thoughts on all those covers of Beatles Songs, about early days, and his sense of how all those songs came out of him.https://youtu.be/475Yc5YlqAU
Part 2 - The Magic of Music, Colbert goes blank, and Elvishttps://youtu.be/vdGlGwlgxTk
Part 3 - “touches on the subject of loss, and in particular the way John Lennon's death has influenced his music and even his dreams, many decades later”. A whole lot of mindfulness here, sincere and thoughtful look back on his life and Beatle experiences.https://youtu.be/sPBTn746v4I
Part 4: On seeing “guitar god” Hendrix perform Sgt. Pepper days after its release, going out of tune, and Clapton hiding… Plus, his new “Hey Grandude” children’s bookhttps://youtu.be/N0U-UvNvcOE
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