Paul McCartney teases his new album 'McCartney III' in trailer
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The Beatles are the best-selling music act in history, having sold more than 600 million records despite only being together for a relatively short period. In that time John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney wrote some iconic songs like Hey Jude and Come Together. Their bandmates George Harrison and Sir Ringo Starr also contributed to the songwriting – but Sir Paul McCartney has kept this up for a long while.
According to expert David Stark, Sir Paul McCartney’s contributions to the music industry have been far more than just his own musical career.
As well as his charitable work, making music as a solo artist and being a band member of The Beatles and Wings, Sir Paul has also worked with young songwriters to help them hit the heights of his own compositions.
David is a companion of LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) presents the Songlink prize to a selected number of those who have studied songwriting at the school.
The institute itself, however, was co-founded by Sir Paul, and according to David, the Beatle is still very involved with students.
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David told Express.co.uk: “I’m lucky enough to see him [Sir Paul McCartney] every year at LIPA in Liverpool, where he made me a companion of in 2006.
“I give out the songwriting prizes for Songlink every year for two to two graduates.
“That’s my little connection to LIPA, and I go up and do masterclasses about my side of the business, which is to do with songwriting, composing and music publishing.
“It’s just great to see him and always have a little chat. He takes a great interest in what the students are doing.
“It’s nice to have that, it’s nice to have that connection with him and I really respect what he does, because he takes time to spend at least half an hour with songwriting students every year.
“He does one to one sessions, and he really does a good job I have to say.”
Sir Paul has a fairly clear method with songwriting, which he has expressed in interviews a number of times.
He told NPR in 2016: “If I was to sit down and write a song, now, I’d use my usual method: I’d either sit down with a guitar or at the piano and just look for melodies, chord shapes, musical phrases, some words, a thought just to get started with.
“And then I just sit with it to work it out, like I’m writing an essay or doing a crossword puzzle.
“That’s the system I’ve always used, that John [Lennon] and I started with.
“I’ve really never found a better system and that system is just playing the guitar and looking for something that suggests a melody and perhaps some words if you’re lucky.
“Then I just fiddle around with that and try and follow the trail, try and follow where it appears to be leading me.
“And sometimes it leads me down a blind alley so I have to retrace my steps and start again down another road.”
Sir Paul’s style was inspired by the writer Allen Ginsberg, who advised him on using instincts to write music.
Sir Paul added: “I’m of the school of the instinctive. I once worked with Allen Ginsberg and Allen always used to say, ‘First thought, best thought.’
“And then he would edit everything. But I think the theory is good. ‘First thought, best thought.’
“It doesn’t always work, but as a general idea I will try and do that and sometimes I come out with a puzzling set of words that I have no idea what I mean, and yet I’ve got to kind of make sense of it and follow the trail.”
Sir Paul also said he often writes with people, with names such as Carl Davis, George Martin and his first wife, Linda McCartney included, though he stated the ‘biggie’ songwriting partner in his life was John Lennon.
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