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The Grab Bag

The Paul McCartney Interview

Which solo album have you most enjoyed recording?-from Stephen Lashe, Doncaster, England
Probably the first one, McCartney, which was recorded on a four-track machine and was done in the living room at our home. Linda and I were newly-weds, and we had a baby, so we had that golden glow that you get in the first years of marriage. We still have it now of course, but those first years are always special. Also, I felt a certain relief at not being tied into the Apple situation, because along with a regret about the break-up of the Beatles there was also a good side to it, which was the feeling of a new start. So, putting together McCartney together was probably the most fun. It was so intimate, it was just me, and listening to it now, I think that I did stuff that I wouldn't normally have done. Some of the instrumentals I like a lot. They may not mean much - 'Momma Miss America' doesn't really add up to much - but I like them.
The second most enjoyable album to make was Band On The Run, but that was more traumatic because there were all sorts of problems in Lagos. But I still enjoyed the recording.

Is there one song by someone else you wished you had written?From Carol Orice, Coventry England; Kate Graham, Weybridge, England; and Adrian Rider, St. Ives, England
I really don't want to have written anyone else's songs, but as a fantasy question, I love 'Star Dust', by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish. It's a beautiful song. And I remember thinking that Billy Joel's first hit, 'Just The Way You Are', was a nice song. I'd like to have written that one too. 'Star Dust' first though.
But when it comes down to it, the truth is that I feel so lucky at what I've done... if I ever start listening to them: 'The Fool On The Hill', 'The Long and Winding Road', it's difficult to take it all in.

What the heck is a "monkberry moon delight"? From Shelli Bennion, North Highlands, CA, USA
When my kids were young they used to call milk, "monk", for whatever reason that kids do - I think it's magical the way that kids can develop better names for things than the real ones. In fact as a joke, Linda and I still occasionally refer to an object by that child-language name.
So, monk was always milk, and monkberry moon delight was a fantasy drink, rather like 'Love Potion No 9', hence the line in the song, "sipping monkberry moon delight". It was a fantasy milkshake. Being an American, Linda has always been very good at making milk shakes and our family is quite into them.


From Club Sandwich Winter 1994 Issue #72
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