30 May 2020
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Saturday 9: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (1971)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it
1) The lyrics tell us Paul believes it's going to rain. How's
the weather where you are today?
It's been very hot this week (100⁰-108⁰)
but is only predicted to be 86⁰
2) Paul sings that he is sorry because he hasn't "done a bloody thing all
day." What do you hope to accomplish this weekend?
With this quarantine, I haven't "done a bloody thing all day" for
3 months. I don't expect the weekend to be any different. I have to
do a load of laundry.
3) He also references butter pie, which is made primarily with potatoes (with
onions and, of course, butter). That dish is not popular on this side of the
Atlantic. Last time you had potatoes, how were they prepared (baked, mashed,
hash browned, french fried ...)?
We had mashed potatoes two nights ago. Butter pie sounds
great; I'll have to check the recipe (Marta and Walt won't eat it, but Ned and I
4) Linda McCartney is credited as co-writer and performer on this recording.
Paul and Linda were partners in real life, too; married 29 years, they raised
four children together. They often said they tried never to spend more than a
few hours apart. Do you enjoy a lot of togetherness, or do you value your
personal time? Has your experience with Covid19 and quarantine changed how you
feel about this?
Covid19 has not changed anything. Walt and I both spend
hours apart, he upstairs, me downstairs. We get together for dinner.
We will celebrate our 55th anniversary next month so this must work for us.
5) Paul and Linda came from very different backgrounds. His family was lower
middle class, lived in Liverpool's public housing and received government aid.
She grew up in affluent Scarsdale, the daughter of a wealthy theatrical
attorney. Do you think it's more important for a couple to share a common
background, or to share common interests?
Interests are definitely more important.
6) Paul is known for his work ethic. At age 78, he's still making music and
performing live. What's your favorite Paul McCartney song?
Probably "Hey Jude."
7) In 1971, when this song was a hit, Bobby Fischer was the world's most
famous and highest-rated chess player. Do you play chess?
Well, to be accurate, I know how to play chess, meaning I know
what the pieces are and how each moves. But do I PLAY chess? No.
Last time I played, I was whipped by a 10 year old.
8) England's Princess Anne turned 21 in 1971. The occasion was commemorated
by a formal portrait, taken by celebrated fashion photographer Norman Parkinson.
Who took the most recent photo of you?
Ned took an "after" picture of me after Marta cut my hair.
9) Random question: Do you find it more satisfying to work
with your hands, or your head?
It depends on what you mean by "work with your hands." My
more satisfying thing is to type (i.e., write), which is technically
working with my hands, but is really transferring head work to my fingers.