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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    "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.
    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
    Good on him . If it helps him work things out and process things then that's tops
    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.
    I wish I could talk to John Lennon. I would rank that second to Jesus talking to me. I wish life was like a videogame and had random events like a John Lennon popping up and saying something uberphilosophical like imagine if there was no anger, and bam +9000 philo exp.
    Blind In 1 Ear
    he doesn't mean literally you imbeciles. you can remember someone, and if you knew them well you might know what they would say in a certain situation. he's really just thinking things over and thinking what john would say to him. they always say no one dies as long as we remember them, and then when someone does in their own way people think they're nuts? if he went and talked at his grave is that nuts? usually people are ok with that but it's exactly the same. sometimes talking to yourself just gets things in order and sometimes just asking what to do, even if no one is there can help you find answers. and thinking from someone else's perspective may give you a better answer.
    *sigh* Are all the once good musicians either crazy or stupid now? This is a very bad year for music.
    HA Paul is still trying to capitalize off John after all these years. I doubt John Lennon has any opinion on the new wings album from the grave... just saying. Also check my band out if you wanna hear some new music
    So Paul and John still write songs like Randall and Hopkirk solved crimes...
    It's probably more of a "Hey, what would John do here?" As writing partners Paul has probably developed somewhat of an understanding for how John goes about certain song ideas. John Lennon's writing is pretty distinct already, but Paul's been around it for years.
    He's basing his questions off of what John would have said when he was alive. Don't forget they are the greatest song writing duo in rock history. They co wrote a lot of songs together. It's not like he thinks he's communicating with John Lennon's ghost or something. That would be ridiculous.