billy collins, sir paul mccartney, and a summer blog break

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Ah, summer! Time to step away from the stove and laptop, relax, and stay cool.

Mr. Cornelius, 50-something Paddingtons, and I are looking forward to ice cream sundaes, fresh peach pie, reading trashy novels mind-enriching classics, growing basil, hanging out with relatives, tickling the ivories, and shopping for cool things.

Before we sign off for a bit, wanted to share this interesting video of former U.S. Poet Laureate¬†Billy Collins interviewing Sir Paul McCartney at Rollins College last October. They discuss early academic influences (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Keats), songwriting, poetry, celebrity, and much more. Paul shares a few naughty bits from Chaucer’s “Miller’s Tale” and sings “Blackbird” at the end.

photo by Scott Cook

I especially enjoyed hearing how the Beatles honed their craft, how John’s snarkiness complemented Paul’s optimism when it came to writing songs. Paul hasn’t lost any of his boyish charm or good looks, remains humble and grounded, and it was nice to know that had he not become a musician, he might have tried his hand at teaching English. ūüôā

Can you imagine walking into class on the first day of school and seeing Paul as your teacher??!!! SCREAM.

The video is about an hour long, so you might want to bookmark this post and come back later when you have enough time to get nice and comfy, sip a tall glass of iced tea, and enjoy the meeting of two brilliant minds. The students in the video remain amazingly calm throughout. If I ever found myself in the same room with both Billy and Paul, I’d probably faint dead away. Just sayin’.

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hotTEA of the week: Paul McCartney

The cute Beatle is 73 years old today!

 

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“Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.”
"So, if I'm cooking, I'll be steaming vegetables, making some nice salad, that kind of stuff."
“So, if I’m cooking, I’ll be steaming vegetables, making some nice salad, that kind of stuff.”
"But you know, as a kid I would have thought of a vegetarian as a wimp."
“But you know, as a kid I would have thought of a vegetarian as a wimp.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAUL!

Will you play us out?
(What a voice, what a face, what a song!)

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