No one can ever bury Paul…and John in a symbolic way

21 Jun

There is something about Paul McCartney and John Lennon that makes them music magnets. Could it be that they were members of the greatest band to ever release an album, take the stage, talk, walk, sing and eat? Maybe. Or, could it be that Paul’s infectious personality intertwines with his limitless musical talents and John’s magical aura that surrounds his memory still provides listeners with a sense of attachment? Whatever this fascination may be caused by is pretty much unimportant. What is essential is that McCartney and Lennon still remain a tremendous force in the music world today, and this is most definitely reflected in today’s Court Links.

Paul McCartney often finds his way on Music Court’s links posts. The 68-year-old superstar (who celebrated his birthday on June 18) is not just a shoe-in because of the lore that surrounds his name. McCartney finds his way onto these posts because he is constantly diversifying and honing his trade (even at 68) and these endeavors are most definitely news worthy.

Recently, McCartney was asked to write music for a ballet (nothing is known about the ballet or who commissioned McCartney to do it) and, in typical McCartney fashion, he agreed.

“I’m interested in doing things I haven’t done before. That offer came up and I love writing music, the two went together and I said, ‘Yeah,’ so I just accept things before I even know what I’m doing,” McCartney said. “I don’t really know that much about it yet. I’m just writing music for it, but it’s a switch!”

I think this is just wonderful. It is exciting to see McCartney, sharp as ever, still producing various types of music. He seemed to have accomplished everything a musician can dream to accomplish (and more). And, who knows, maybe Paul McCartney can become like the Beatles of ballet writing. Oh wait!


The Holy Grail of lyrical efforts (Photo: De Souza/AFP/Getty)

In other news, John Lennon handwritten lyrics to “A Day in the Life,” which is often regarded to as the best overall Beatles’ piece ever, sold on June 18 at Sotheby’s in New York. The price tag. A modest $1.2 million. Frighteningly, this does not beat the record for highest-priced Beatles’ sheet music. That crown belongs to the hand-written lyrics to “All You Need is Love,” which went for $1.25 million.

The sheet originally belonged to Beatles road manager, Mal Evans, and they represent the song as a work in progress. Yes, surprisingly John Lennon did make initial writing errors. His work was not innately inerrant. Shocker! I am not surprised the work went for that much. Wait, yes I am; that is $1.2 million. Oh my goodness. What a price. Well, I guess in some skewed way it is totally worth it. I think I will stick to listening to the song on my vinyl player


“A Day in the Life”:


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