Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Song We Were Singing


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"The Song We Were Singing" is the first album track on Paul McCartney's "Flaming Pie." Paul wrote the song in Jamaica in early January 1995 in conjunction with Jeff Lynne. This was during the preparation of The Beatles Anthology. In a general sense, "The Songs We Were Singing" is another reverie on the order of "Here Today" and "Yesterday," a return to a backward-looking theme to which Paul repeatedly returns.

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Paul was inspired on 1997's "Flaming Pie" by the Anthology project:
I came off the back of The Beatles Anthology with an urge to do some new music. The Anthology was very good for me because it reminded me of The Beatles’ standards and the standards that we reached with the songs.
The Anthology project led to "Flaming Pie::
Watching the Anthology also reminded me of the time that we didn’t take to make an album and of the fun we had when we did one. The Beatles were not a serious group. So I wanted to try get back into some of that; to have some fun and not sweat it. That’s been the spirit of making this album [Flaming Pie]. You’ve got to have a laugh, because it’s just an album. So I called up a bunch of friends and family and we just got on and did it. And we had fun making it. Hopefully, you’ll hear that in the songs.
So Flaming Pie was a "fun" look back at his own past, and "The Songs We Were Singing" exemplifies that. The nostalgic feel extended back to the instruments that Paul used on the song - the stand-up bass used by Bill Black on "Heartbreak Hotel" and other hits among them.

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Paul at times wallows in nostalgia, and here he goes again. A pretty song, not my favorite, but well constructed and, as always, melodic.



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