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Paul McCartney says he recorded new songs during illness

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While fans were worried about Paul McCartney's condition during the recent virus that caused him to postpone several concerts in the Far East, he was recharging his creative batteries and composing new music, according to an interview in the July 31 issue of Rolling Stone that hit mailboxes July 17. A longer version is also posted online.

He told writer Simon Vozick-Levinson that one of the things he did while recuperating besides catching up on reading and doing some jogging was tinkering in his Sussex studio playing with a synthesizer similar to what he did on his “McCartney II” album.

“It was really cool. I'd get the BPM on the sequencer, match it on the computer, put some drums in, put it all down on Pro Tools and screw it all up,” he said. A week later, he had two instrumentals. “They were just funky little experimental things, instrumentals,” he said. “It was a good week.” He says he has no plans to release the tracks with the working titles of “Mombasa” and “Botswana.” For now, they will just be added to a pile of unreleased songs he's accumulated over the years.

McCartney also says he has no plans to retire. Absolutely none. “I've got a great home life, and I've got a great life on the road – it's not like we're on a Greyhound bus anymore – and the audiences are just so warm, and the feedback is so good. People say to me, 'Don't you get tired?' It's a three-hour show, and I'm on stage every second. I keep thinking the laws of logic ought to apply and I ought to be really tired – but I'm invigorated.

“So the answer to 'Are you going to retire?' is 'When I feel like it.'” And that's obviously not now.