Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Paul McCartney "Get Yourself Another Fool"

Barbara and I got interviewed on Monday for a piece in Martha's Vineyard Magazine, about the radio stations that service the Island (us, WCAI the local NPR affliate and WVVY the Vineyard's Community Radio station).

We were talking about the history of the station and the evolution of the station's musical programming. And we got on the subject of how some songs last and some don't and the reporter asked an interesting question, "Is there any artist or song that surprised you?"

I don't know if I am surprised by any one song's longevity, but a few artists came to mind. Particularly this new track.

Paul McCartney has been known to release more than a few things that fans would call . . . lacking. But every once and a while he releases something that still has some magic.

It's natural for an artist's quality to drop over time. And it's okay. It's completely reasonable.

But it's surprising and wonderful, when an artist who has no reason to still be good, is still good.

Like Paul Simon's "So Beautiful Or So What" or Robbie Robertson's "How To Become Clairvoyant," the couple of tracks I've heard from McCartney's "Kisses On The Bottom" suggest that Paul latest effort is as inspired as Simon's and Robertson's.

Hooray for surprises!

Hear the song on Youtube.

Hear the song on Youtube.

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