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My Umbrella

Day 2: Since I had 2 days off until the recording of my new CD resumed, I decided to take a walk in the rain. I took my trusty, black umbrella: it is an old friend. It has traveled the world with me. It was a very windy, rainy day. I opened my black umbrella, and then a lady running down the street, trying to protect her new hair-do, knocked my umbrella out of my hands. My umbrella bowled wildly across the road, “Shit”! I yelled.

Which Bass Player Did Paul McCartney Idolize?

Paul McCartney is certainly the most innovative, melodic, bass playing genius on the planet. Give a listen to the bass lines of “Lovely Rita, “Penny Lane” just to name a few songs in the large recorded catalogue of The Beatles. But which bassist did Paul McCartney idolize and try to emulate? “The biggest influence on my bass playing was JAMES JAMERSON, who played on many of my favorite Motown releases”, says Paul. Paul had been studying, listening to the bass playing on Motown recordings, and had long been complaining that the bass on Beatle records wasn’t as loud or full as the bass on American records. So, Paul switched from his signature Hofner violin “Beatle” bass to a beefier Rickenbacker – but still not as good as what they were hearing on those American records. Inspiration struck Beatle engineer, Geoff Emerick: “Some microphones are in fact simply loudspeakers wired in reverse, why not try using a loudspeaker as a microphone?” Emerick wired a speaker up that way. To Geoff and Paul’s delight, the idea of using a speaker as a microphone worked pretty well! It was first used on “Paperback Writer.” Paul loved the sound.


Taylor Swift recorded my new country song, “SKIN HEAD GIRL”, and then refused to shave her head for the video. Young pop stars must learn to commit to their craft. Fortunately my agent, Mr. Andrew Marks, received a call from Lady Gaga who wishes to record my song, “OVERT GIRL IN THE HORN-RIMMED GLASSES”. Lady Gaga conveyed she has no qualms about wearing horn-rimmed glasses in the video.