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John Byrne
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Posted: 18 June 2020 at 4:45am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Sir Paul McCartney is 78 today.
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Michael Penn
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Here's the first song Paul McCartney ever wrote, when he
was 14 years old, a performance from 1991:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=tkbU6LRQ0MY



And here is John Lennon singing it in 1969:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=nPf8oZS5q7U
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It's still a weird feeling for me when I realize that the '60s rockers are, well, elderly. It was one thing when they were in their 50s, but...78?

John Lennon would have been 80 this year. Ginger Baker of Cream was 80 when he died last year. 

Hell, a world without '50s rockers like Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Little Richard is still a bit hard for me to fathom. 

(It's different when jazz musicians grow older and die, since jazz never really had the youth fetish that rock used to have.)
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Michael Penn
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I'm also experiencing that "weird feeling." In that clip I
posted above, Paul McCartney was 49 years old, already
quite a distance from the 14 year old boy he was when he
wrote his first song. But now... he's 39 years older than
that. It's very hard to consciously process.
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John Byrne
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Every decade passes twice as fast as the previous one.
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That's very true. Gather ye rosebuds...!

How perceptions (and the reality too) of aging have
changed. When Paul McCartney sang about "64," he and his
audience all understood that this was an old man.
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I remember this from when I was in the Sixth Form:


It was a big deal that such an icon of the 60s was turning 50. Seems like a spry, young age with hindsight.

As someone once wrote: "I'm glad it's your birthday, happy birthday to you."
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How perceptions (and the reality too) of aging have changed. When Paul McCartney sang about "64," he and his audience all understood that this was an old man.

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I’ve mentioned before that one of the lesser challenges of GENERATIONS was figuring out the calendar. Assuming Superman to be in his mid twenties when he made his debut in 1938, the rocket would have landed circa 1910. How old would the Kents have been to qualify as “elderly” back then?

Rhetorical question. For the purpose of my story I took Jonathan and Martha to have been born around 1850.

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Don't you mean John and Mary, JB? (Joking. I admit it's been years since I read GENERATIONS and I don't remember if you had the Kent be John and Mary and then Jonathan and Martha, just like Superman was never Superboy until suddenly he had been.)
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I saw him in concert twice and I only cried once.

Happy Birthday Sir McCartney!
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