Paul McCartney went on Twitter Oct. 3 taking questions directly from fans about his “New” album. The questions were surprisingly good with McCartney taking about an hour and discussing working with George Martin's son Giles, the album cover, and various songs from the album. The #askMacca tagline used to submit questions was showing at the top trend worldwide on Twitter during the session.
He ended the session by giving away an autographed CD to @dollybird1963 who submitted the first question and then said, "Thanks everyone for tweeting in with me! It's been a great experience and we must do it again sometime." A note posted shortly after the session ended said more questions might be answered over the next few days because of the tremendous number submitted.
Here's the full transcript from today's session:
Q: melissa @dollybird1963: "Why did you call the new album 'New'"?
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Thanks @dollybird1963 I was playing around with more poetic titles but “New” was a simple word and the name of a song on the album."
Q: Allen Ramon @allen_sosa "I can't wait for the New album! What song are you the most proud of on the album? Thank you!"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Cheers @allen_sosa I like 'Early Days' and the hidden track which is called 'Scared'. But I like them all."
Q: Carry Your World... @WiressBeetee "What was the inspiration for the album artwork?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Thanks @WiressBeetee At meeting about the album cover someone came up with the logo, another said you could treat it in style of Dan Flavin."
Q: Johan Leijon @JohanLeijon1 "What was it like recording with Giles Martin? Any difference from recording with George Martin for so many years?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney @JohanLeijon1 "Similar. Both very musical and smart. Different: Giles comes from a younger generation and has a more contemporary approach."
Q: Tatiane Andrade @tatiii_andrade "What was the most memorable moment during the recording of the NEW album. Can you tell us?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Thanks @tatiii_andrade Many memorable moments but especially recording the slide solo at the end of 'Appreciate' in L.A."
Q: Callum Bay @callumbay "Why is your #New song called "Everybody Out There"? And what inspired it?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Cheers @callumbay I wanted to write a song that would get the audience singing along."
Q: うをりんぐ @uworing "「NEW」の歌詞で「You came along. And made my life a song～」とありますが、これは誰かをイメージして作られたのですか"? (Google translation: It is the "You came along. And made my life a song ~" in the lyrics, "but does this made in the image of someone?")
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney ありがとう @uworing "Nancy!"
Q: Thomas O'Keeffe @okeeffe_thomas "Does Nancy have a favourite track from the album?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Thanks @okeeffe_thomas Nancy says she likes all of them, but I'll have to ask her about which is her favourite."
Q: skye @campbower @PaulMcCartney "Can you describe the NEW album in one word?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Thanks @campbower I've been told I can't say NEW so... 'Fresh'!"
Q: LEGEND NEVER DIE ♥ ∞ @JacksonBeatles "What is the last album you bought?"
Q: Michael Fulfs @MichaelFulfs "What would you say is the hardest aspect about writing a song?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Cheers @MichaelFulfs Finishing it!"
Q: Jess @tardisofbones "Describe your fans in 3 words?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Cheers @tardisofbones Fan-Bloody-Tastic!"
Q: Nina Chaubal @NinaChaubal "What strings do you use on your Hofner 500/1?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Cheers @NinaChaubal I use flat wound .95 gauge."
Q: Zico @11Zico "What motivates you to keep on producing music?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Thanks @11Zico A love of what I do!"
Q: Sara Moller @magicalmysterys "Are there any current artists you'd like to do a duet with?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Cheers @magicalmysterys There was a rumour about a year ago that @bobdylan & I might work together but we haven't picked up on it."
Q: Daphne Mather @4flapjacks "When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Thanks @4flapjacks The last time I laughed uncontrollably was yesterday at the video shoot for 'Queenie Eye'!"
Q: Olivia McCartney @olivoil7 "What do you think about the fact a large amount of your current fans are teenagers?"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Thanks @olivoil7 I'm amazed, amused & happy. The band & I are very surprised at what a beautiful young audience we attract!"
A: Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney "Thanks everyone for tweeting in with me! It's been a great experience and we must do it again sometime."
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