Paul McCartney: When The Wind Is Blowing




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Published on Dec 23, 2007

A 1970 unreleased song from the Rupert the Bear sessions (around the time RAM was recorded... yet another lost gem). Paul claims the inspiration to this song came from a Picasso painting. "There was this Picasso print on the wall, of an old man playing the guitar. And I looked at it all week and towards the end of the week I thought, "what cords he playing?" you know, on the guitar, "what is he playing?" and I noticed he just had two fingers [on the guitar], just two fingers there and so I thought I would try and see, you know, if the cords would sound any good, "Oh, that's nice!", you know, so then I tried to use that as the inspiration and tried to write a song that only had to use "two fingers"

To hear the full story and live acoustic performance of the song check out the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFBKXQ...

P.S There's a cool pic entitled "The Beatles Sons" near the end of the video (3:19), with 5 Beatle sons... Here come the sons :) As well a relatively current pic of Paul and Denny Laine (2:51) which kind of looks like John Lennon, doesn't it?

"When the wind is blowing" (McCartney)
The "Ram" sessions (Late January - Late February 1970):
After the release of the successful debut McCartney, Ram is an album by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, released in 1971, the only album credited to the pair. The sessions also birthed future songs like "Dear Friend," released on the debut Wings album Wild Life later in 1971, as well as "Get On The Right Thing" and "Little Lamb Dragonfly", both of which would be finished for 1973's Red Rose Speedway. John Lennon believed that songs on Ram included jibes at him in the lyrics, including "Too Many People" and "Dear Boy"

Rupert the Bear:
During the late 1970's Paul recorded songs and narration for a planned full-length Rupert the Bear animated film to be shot by Oscar Grillo. The film was never made, but test pressings of an album containing Paul's music and narration were made. These appeared later on bootleg CD's

"Da da da da da da da da da da da
Oh well, when the wind is blowing"

Paul McCartney - Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards
Linda McCartney - Vocals, keyboards
Dave Spinoza - Guitars
Hugh McCracken - Guitars
Denny Seiwell - Drums, percussion


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