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Paul McCartney Says He Still Doesn’t Have the Secret to Songwriting

June 10, 2016 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Paul McCartney is one of the most revered songwriters of the modern era, but even he says that he feels like he’s a neophyte when he starts writing new material. McCartney spoke with NPR promoting his new compilation album Pure McCartney and said that he feels like he is starting from scratch every time he starts on an album.

“There’s no point where you think ‘OK, now I can do it’, as it’s a little more fluid than that,” McCartney said. “You talk to other musicians and it’s always the same. You go into the studio thinking ‘Oh, I know how to do this’, but then you realise you’re doing it all over again and starting from square one again. You’ve never got it down. Music is fluid, and I like that. I wouldn’t like to be blasé and think ‘I know how to do this.’”

He added about his music school in Liverpool, “I teach a songwriting class there. Nearly always, the first thing I tell students is ‘I don’t know how to do this. You’d think I do, but I don’t. It’s not one of those things you ever know how to do. I could tell you “Select the key, we’ll select a rhythm and now think of some great words.”’ That’s not really the answer.”

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