When I’m A Bit More Than 64

The relentless march of our 60s idols to age 70 -the Biblical three-score-and-ten continues today as Sir. Paul reaches his 64th plus 6 birthday. We probably all know that Brian Wilson will follow in two days, but today we focus on the second youngest Beatle, and indeed the one who always seemed like he would be forever young.

Three marriages and one nasty divorce later, that youthful innocence may have long gone, but Paul McCartney still represents the optimism of the Beatles; the sense that everything was possible and that a bit of diplomacy would always sugar-coat the bitterest pills.

Yet the man of a thousand voices was often a frustrated rocker at heart, possibly more frustrated as being known as the “soft” Beatle, in comparison to acerbic John. And yet, none of the Beatles have a greater contrast in their output as the sonic gap between Helter Skelter and Honey Pie, for instance. And Eleanor Rigby was the first Beatles song that could be regarded as a comment on society, as opposed to a personal song.

The reality however is that Paul McCartney is one of the most gifted tunesmiths of this era, a talent that puts him up with Wilson, Bacharach, Webb and Gershwin. And for that talent, he is most appreciated, with a long list of memorable songs, many with the Beatles, many solo. Combined with that talent, is his relentless desire to try new things, evidenced by the many genres he has attempted.

So enjoy your birthday, Sir. Paul. Thanks for a lifetime of wonderful songs. And I suspect we haven’t heard your last classic yet.

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