Paul McCartney has done it again. With 18 already projects under his belt throughout his long and illustrious career the veteran rock star has finally released the sequel to his 1980 project “McCartney II,” recording this new album entirely in quarantine.
Speaking with Jimmy Fallon on a recent episode of “The Tonight Show,” McCartney opened up about his recording process during the time the world was on total lockdown, as well as a myriad of other details related to his life.
How It Came About
McCartney led off by telling Fallon that the album’s creation wasn’t intentional, saying, “I just was in lockdown and I had some time on my hands, so I started finishing up songs and stuff, thinking this was just for my own fun. And then suddenly I had like about 11 of them; it was like, ‘Oh, this could probably be an album.’ But the fact that I hadn’t even considered the fact that I was doing it made it better, more fun.”
Making The Album For His Family
The award-winning musician went on to detail the unique process of recording an album in quarantine, saying that his constant critics were his family, who heard the songs as they were being made over dinnertime.
“The kids are running around and someone would ask, ‘What did you do in the studio today?’ I’d pull my phone out, get my little boombox going, and I would play it for them,” he said.
“So they got a preview of the whole album a day at the time, but it made it more fun, really, because it was like I was making it for them.”
Looking For Inspiration
As he has gotten older, McCartney has maintained an interest in the young up & coming talent in his field, telling Fallon, “I listen to stuff on Spotify, I listen to stuff on the radio. I got a guy who sends me new music that’s just being released, to keep me up with modern taste.”
He explained that he would love to work with younger artist if they would approach him about it, referencing his collaborative track with Kanye West “fourfiveseconds,” “That’s what happened with Kanye, it came through the grapevine that he was interested in working with me. There was talk of me doing something with Bob Dylan which I was quite sorta into but it kind of fizzled out.”
Jokes With Fallon
At one point, McCartney joked with Fallon that he lost some songs that the “Tonight Show” host had sent him in the past.
“I don’t know if you remember, you once sent me a couple of ideas you had for songs — no, you did!” McCartney told the host, admitting he is “still feverishly looking for them.”
” ‘Cause they were good,” the legendary star said to him, “And I lost ’em. But they were good — not that good, but they were good.”