Quotes: McCartney

As before, this post has a general quote, a music quote and a trumpet quote. But today, because of his unique position in our world, in the music world and in the trumpet world, they’re all by Paul McCartney!

And, in the end
The love you take
is equal to the love you make.
Paul McCartney, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

If you can play your stuff in a pub, then you’re a good band.
––– Paul McCarney

My dad bought me a trumpet for my birthday, at Rushworth & Draper’s (the other music store in town), and I loved it. There was a big hero-thing at the time. There had been Harry James – The Man With The Golden Trumpet – and now, in the Fifties, it was Eddie Calvert, a big British star who played ‘Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White’ – all those gimmicky trumpet records. There were a lot of them around back then, so we all wanted to be trumpeters.
I persevered with the trumpet for a while. I learnt ‘The Saints’, which I can still play in C. I learnt my C scale, and a couple of things. Then I realised that I wasn’t going to be able to sing with this thing stuck in my mouth, so I asked my dad if he’d mind if I swapped it for a guitar, which also fascinated me. He didn’t, and I traded my trumpet in for an acoustic guitar, a Zenith, which I still have.
–––– Paul McCartney


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