Paul McCartney: 'I Still Talk to John Lennon'

McCartney still holds council with former Beatle

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Paul McCartney has revealed that he still talks to John Lennon about music making decisions. In an interview with Rolling Stone (via Classic Rock), McCartney explained how his former Beatles song-writing partner still offers him advice from beyond the grave: "If I’m at a point where I go, ‘I’m not sure about this,' I'll throw it across the room to John. He'll say, 'You can't go there, man.' I'll say, 'You're quite right - how about this?' 'Yeah, that's better.'

"We’ll have a conversation. I don't want to lose that." McCartney also talked about how he has gotten past the grudge he held against Lennon's wife Yoko Ono, and how they have become closer in recent years: "I thought, 'If John loved her, there's got to be something; he's not stupid.

"It's like, what are you going to do - are you going to hold a grudge you never really had? George would say to me, 'You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life.'"

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    Next on UG: "John Lennon is a Belieber, says McCartney"
    The funny thing is a few years ago Yoko said Lennon would have been a Lady Gaga fan.
    Lennon would never have said it....only losers worried about demographics and moving more units would...
    Asking Lennon questions is a bit weird.Receiving replies is a bit worrying.
    Well, why not? They were friends, songwriting partners, he could ask himself what would Lennon say based on experience and it's natural to do that when you lose a friend.
    Who's Richard?
    Funny, I asked a similar question and got a ban warning. Guess thats what happens when 12 year olds moderate comments of people three times their age. Have 20 years of experience as a musician alone, but that is meaningless here I suppose. I'll dumb it down for everbody from now on.
    alysonkhc125 · Oct 31, 2013 12:14 AM
    When you are best friends with someone, you can almost anticipate a response and what they would think about something. I don't find it worrisome at all.
    Go back to the Metallica hangs posters of Justin Beiber over their beds article....
    If you spent the better part of 10 years of your life making music with the guy, becoming the largest band in the world, and holding those experiences as the ones that made you renown as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, I think I'd be able to take council with Lennon.
    It was actually the better part of 16 years ....but who's counting.....
    I'm pretty sure Lennon and McCartney started making music together in 1958, The Beatles disbanded in 1970, making that 12 years.... I'm counting.
    jpcl · Oct 30, 2013 06:07 PM
    I suppose the OP is sort of joking, but if he's not, I believe McCartney's point to be that when he doesn't know what to do with a song, he sort of looks back at past experiences and thinks what advice John would have given him in this situation, what his opinion could have been. And I think that's a great way of working.
    TheOnlyChance · Oct 30, 2013 05:42 PM
    gus_metallica · Oct 30, 2013 03:00 PM
    "George would say to me, 'You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life.'" George was ****ing great...
    I love this quote so much, I copied it to the notes in my phone the second I was done reading it.
    Good on him . If it helps him work things out and process things then that's tops
    He's a freakin 71 year old man... and freakin Paul McCartney... If he didn't have his eccentricities, how the hell would he handle the pressures of being a god dammn legend?? Besides, many people talk to their dead loved ones, it's conforting and makes it easier to overcome their loss... it's not a big deal
    I only clicked this article to see how UG twisted the title to make Macca look crazy. What the hell, the one time I wish you twisted the headline
    Piss off to the doubters. John was on a whole other level, and was spiritual enough to be able to do this. So unless John has started the whole life cycle over again, he could be in a way talking to him. weather he truly is or not who knows. But if you spent a lot of time with someone had a very deep connection you can still feel there influences after they are long gone.
    gus_metallica · Oct 30, 2013 04:02 PM