Monday, August 1, 2011

My Excuse to Write About Paul McCartney and Friend Grief

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My friends probably think I wrote this as a flimsy excuse to post a picture of my favorite Beatle, but that’s only partially true.
The media are all over his two concerts here at Wrigley Field (I’m going tonight). “McCartney Mania” has been running on my favorite radio station, playing his music from those ground-breaking Beatles days right through to the present. TV reporters were camped out in front of the ballpark, reporting on the concert and the crowds.
Today’s papers ran his play list from last night, and I saw that he continues a tradition he started some time ago: playing a song in honor of each of his late band mates, John Lennon and George Harrison.

For George, he played “Something”, the iconic love song, on a ukulele. A ukulele??
In the documentary, The Concert for George, the memorial benefit concert held on the first anniversary of George’s death, Paul had this to say about his choice:
“Sometimes if you’d go around to George’s house after you’d had dinner, the ukuleles would come out. One time, not so long ago, we were playing and I said, ‘There’s a song I do on the ukulele.’ I played it for him and I’ll play it to you now as a tribute to our beautiful friend.”
For John, he sang “Here Today”, which he wrote about Lennon. Last December, he performed it on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” with the following introduction:
“This song is like a conversation that we never had. I always say to people, if you want to say to someone that you love them, tell them now. Because there may come a point when it’s too late and you’ll think ‘I wish I’d said that.’”
So, Sir Paul, when I see you again tonight – without the band mates I saw you with 45 years ago this month – I’ll be thinking of not just you, but John and George (and Ringo), too.
Rock on, boys, rock on.

3 comments:

Casey said...

This post is particularly poignant for me, Vicki, as my late Argentine friend had campaigned to get McCartney to come to her hometown. She and the friend with whom she also campaigned were very nearly successful, but Macca cancelled some of the places...and lo and behold, four years after Chris' death, he played the Argentine capital...also the city where she died- found out about that on the three and a half year mark. Hope it's a great gig for you.

Blessings,

Casey

Cathy said...

Do enjoy this deja vu of sorts...

Victoria Noe said...

It was definitely a great gig. I posted about it today again, as I saw firsthand the very different ways Paul grieves John and George. Fascinating.