For only "the second time in the universe" Sir Paul treated an audience to a reading of selections from his new Blackbird Singing poetry book . "Oh, this is fun," Sir Paul exclaimed as each poem was greeted with rapturous applause by the audience of 1,500 who attended the 92 YWHA Theatre event.
The audience was also moved to tears, particularly with the reading of three poems dedicated to the person who inspired them, Linda. He spoke at length about her and the rest of his family including children Heather, Stella and James. His voice broke occasionally as he spoke of Linda, whom he called "my soul mate, the biggest influence on my life":
"My favorite New Yorker was Linda and it became a very special city for me through her. When we lost Linda, for our family it was a terrible time. But all of us felt that she was still there. I hear things and see things that convince me that she is still around. We have these wind chimes and they would move and make the chimes ... and there would be no wind. I knew it was her. And I would be horse riding, which was something that she introduced me to, and for the second time in my life I saw a white squirrel. It looked at me and stared me in the eye. I thought it was her. She was a very beautiful woman. It just takes one woman."
The audience rewarded his moving performance with a well-deserved standing ovation.
Following the reading, Sir Paul was interviewed by Charlie Rose for an American PBS television program to be broadcast next month. Referring to his interest in music, poetry, and painting, he confessed: "I'm a little wary of being a Renaissance man who does this and this and this. I try to restrain myself so I don't come out with too many things."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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