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2002-Mar-31: Highlights from a Washington Post Interview

On Wednesday, in a telephone interview with the Washington Post's Richard Harrington, Sir Paul expressed the hope that a first-ever posthumous knighthood will be granted to George Harrison.  Sir Paul recalled that his last meeting with George was "very sad. We all knew he was very ill, but we laughed and we joked just like we always did."  He also spoke about holding his hand:
"Being Liverpool guys, I wondered whether it would be the right thing to do.  But I did -- and for me it was a great blessing and a great memory in the tragedy of him dying, which I still can't believe. It's difficult to think of my little mate on the bus . . . We'd wanted to hold everyone in the world's hands and we'd never managed to hold each other's....

"There was some light in the gloom. I look for the good in the gloom. It's a strong theme in my life. The way I figure it, nobody's got that long, so whatever time you have, go, enjoy it. One day you enjoy, the next day you enjoy and you add all those days and it turns out to be a life, and you've had an enjoyable life.  I don't have any deeper philosophy than that."

During the interview Sir Paul also discussed why he authorized Barry Miles's biography, Many Years From Now, which details his song writing collaboration with John Lennon:
"It was an answer to the revisionism that was happening at the time. There were people saying I did nothing in the Beatles! And I thought it was laughable and many people knew the truth, but it was being put about in some quite high quarters, and I just thought: 'If that gets on a hard disk 100 years from now, history could end up being rewritten!' I just wanted people, when they call up data in the future, for my side to be there... (But the tensions) between me and John are completely resolved. There's no problem. As some people say, John's camp is another affair."
By "John's camp", Sir Paul is referring some failed negations with Yoko Ono over song writing credits  - not Julian Lennon's performance of "When I'm 64" for an Allstate insurance commercial.  About that Sir Paul remarked:
 "It's a dumb move on the publishing company's part because I don't think it helps the songs in the long run.  But if anybody's going to do it, I'd rather it be Julian. I've got to laugh at that."
Sit Paul went on to discuss his Wingspan project, the documentary compiled by his daughter Mary and her husband:
"I knew that Linda wanted to set the record straight and not just leave all these bad criticisms, so we put together a record that said: Judge for yourself -- was it any good or wasn't it? That was dealing with the end of a period in my life, really, with Linda's passing.

"Linda knew I loved rock-and-roll, knew I sang it around the house, and she said, 'You must do a rock record.'  It was true of the poetry book. When you've been married that long, you share things, like I do now with my girlfriend, Heather. I'm very lucky to have found another great woman."

While on that subject, Sir Paul dismissed the June 6 date of his wedding as "newspaper speculation. I can tell you it's not true. Watch this space for more predictions! It's a private thing, particularly in my case."

Not so private will be his June 3 performance at Buckingham Palace in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne.  Will he sing Her Majesty for her?  He responded with a chuckle:

"I don't know.  I'd certainly like to. I haven't decided yet, but it looks like a good possibility."
Sir Paul also discussed how the events of September 11 changed the plans he was making to promote his Driving Rain album..  You may recall that Sir Paul was  planning to return to England on that day.   His airplane was preparing for take-off from New York's  John F. Kennedy Airport when the attack on the World Trade Center towers occurred.  As a result, the flight was grounded, and he returned to his home in East Hampton. Up until that time, Sir Paul had planed to launch the CD with a concert in Russia:
"I wanted to go there and sing Back in the U.S.S.R. -- I've never done that.  But we couldn't leave the country, and in the end, we're glad we couldn't because we had a lot of friends and relatives in New York and it was kind of good to experience the whole thing with Americans and be right there as the British support group.  It's funny, isn't it? The word 'allies' is apolitical, but certainly since World War II we know in England that Americans really helped us, and there's a residue of feeling that things might have been different without the Americans."
And now he is about to launch his Driving USA tour:
"I'm sure there are people who say, 'Don't do this . . . just rest on your laurels,' but I never thought that was a very good idea."
The tour will promote his new Driving Rain album which contains songs like "Magic," a ballad which celebrates the night he met Linda:
"I found myself looking at the positive aspects of my relationship with Linda and looking to the future with my relationship with Heather. It was one of those things: Can the two live side by side? They seemed so opposite-ends-of-the-spectrum, but I've found that they do, and I'm very lucky for that."
Another song on the album,  "Back in the Sunshine Again", includes the line "Life's too short to be lonely."  Sir Paul explained:
"It was a bridge, which is kind of what Driving Rain is about.  I didn't intend it to be like that, but when you look at what we recorded and what we left off, it's become that, a reference to the past but a bridge into the future... It's always been my thing. I think it's just something to do with my personality. . . . Some people like movies that are a bit dark and doomy. I must say, I like them to have an upbeat end, if possible. . . . I don't like to sit in gloom, it's a very difficult state to be in, so I am always looking for a way out."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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