[quote by=Maria link=Blah.pl?b=mccartney,m=1082387341,s=26 date=1082669515]
I don't care what the general public thinks: see, there's that popularity angle again. Paul went for the popularity thing, George and John much less so.
I'm not interested in their views per se (I mean, why should a musician's views on Ireland be any more valid then anyone elses?). But, I AM interested in how they express it. Lyrics, certainly. Music, certainly. Two examples: I think that Hear Me Lord, as it is on ATMP is a wonderful prayer, a quite classic plea from George to his God. (I am not a believer of any description, btw.) Next, Gimmee Some Truth, although full of slogans, is arranged quite brilliantly: perfectly done, and lifting what could have been a banal effort to unexpected heights.[/quote]
I see what your saying. I almost broke out the entire McCartney catalog just to post some songs that i thought were meaningful and that had something to say, but I didnt. At this point of the conversation, its pretty clear we have two different views of what music is about. I just watched a video of Jim Croce with a friend and every song told a story. My problem is, I was bored stiff after the second song. Two guitars is nice sometimes. I just dont want a steady dose no matter what the songs saying. My point is, you could be the greatest storyteller in the world and if your music bores me,,,it bores me. I cant help that.
To answer the last point above: Yes, a song that doesn't say anything is aural wallpaper.
So you dont enjoy any instrumentals? None? You dont enjoy George jamming with Derick & the Dominos on ATMP. Your right,,it must be aural wallpaper.
Paul never stooped to that level??!!
Remember that question-and-answer press release issued by Macca at the time of McCartney(1) in 1970? He piled a lot of put-downs on Beatles in that document: and it was just a tool to sell a record. Ugh.
Yeah, I remeber it. I suppose your right, but wouldnt you think that McCartney would have put something out better than 'McCartney' if he wanted to show the world how good he was? Honestly, the record was done on a four tracks by him. I'm sure you heard it. Most of the songs sound like they were recorded underwater. Paul knew he didnt have a masterpiece there. (I still think its pretty incredible that got "Maybe i'm Amazed" out of those sessions).
And Paul in song? Oh yes: check out Too Many People and 3 Legs. Quite nasty in parts, I thought.
Those songs could have been alot nastier if he intended, but i'll agree with you.
HOWEVER, I don't mind that much. Wherever you get the inspiration from, it doesn't matter