Will Paul and Ringo COME TOGETHER Live for the 50th?

2014 is certainly panning out to be “Beatles Anniversary Year”. While The Beatles themselves pretty much ignored the 40th, 25th and all the other benchmark Beatle anniversaries, this one’s getting a full press court.  There are dozens of Beatle’ celebrations planned for the month of February, and we wish we could be at all of them.


The latest Beatle buzz is that Paul and Ringo will be on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman, Friday February 7th, 50 years to the day that The Beatles landed in New York for the first time. Of course, Letterman is taped at The Ed Sullivan Theater, on the very stage that The Beatles played live to 73 million viewers that famous Sunday night.  Sources say Dave will spotlight Beatle tunes on his show all that week, then on Friday, Paul and Ringo will be on Letterman together (good luck getting a ticket for that one). There’s speculation that the two surviving Fabs will play live together on Letterman much like they did at Ringo’s 70th birthday at Radio City Music Hall just a few blocks away. 



No doubt fans would love love love to see Paul and Ringo play live together, but there are those who say “leave the legend alone”, they did their thing and anything new would only disappoint. That’s not my view. Of course, it’s not a “Beatles Reunion”, but the closest thing we could ever imagine save having the “sons” join in. Regardless, it’s a ratings juggernaut for Dave, whose been The Pete Best of late night hosts in the Neilsons the past few years. 


The Grammys will once again air on CBS Sunday night January 26th. The following day, CBS will tape a Beatles 50th Anniversary special from The Letterman set, with artists paying tribute to the Fab Four, including a reunion of Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox as The Eurythmics, Alicia Keys with John Legend, Maroon 5 and a special team of John Mayer and Keith Urban, with other performers expected to be announced soon. Whatever happens that night, it can never duplicate the magic of 50 years ago this February 9th, when “Four of the nicest youngsters” took America by storm. 

Next:  The best Beatles celebrations, and one you can certainly attend!  Stay tuned!


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Something NEW From Sir Paul to Please Please Us


Thanks for clicking on this McCartney review. For way more on The Beatles, and Paul’s NEW CD, visit http://www.brunchradio.com 

Paul McCartney’s up to “Something New”, and I don’t mean The Beatles release from June of ’64. But like the vintage Capitol album, this NEW release does include something new as well as some things he’s said before. Paul’s taken the past six years to venture out on his own again AND also partner up with someone new (everyone knows her as Nancy. More on that later). Paul says falling in love again was his conduit to writing this next batch of love songs, and he’s done so on New, out now from Concord Music Group.

New 1 coverThe liner notes on “New” say Paul’s been busy, “New songs needed to be recorded” he says. Some came to him after dropping his daughter Beatrice off at school. Some came with a cup of tea in one hand and a guitar in the other. However they came, Paul fans are glad they did. The “New” CD contains 12 tracks, but there are many others, including a hidden track and one from Japan.  I’ll explain shortly.

new 14 paul plays gutiarsPaul’s work on the songs on “New” included the work of four fab producers.

“The original idea was to go to a couple of producers whose work I loved, to see who I got on with the best – but it turned out I got on with all of them!  We made something really different with each producer, so I couldn’t choose and ended up working with all four. We just had a good time in different way”,  says Paul.

new 11 sheet musicThe producers are Mark Ronson, who produced Amy Winehouse’ records, and deejayed Paul and Nancy’s wedding reception on Lennon’s 71st birthday, “till 3 in the morning”, said Paul. Producer 2 is Paul Epworth, co-writer and architect of Adele’s monstrous “21”, and many cool indie records. The CD also bleeds Beatles’ DNA. Giles Martin, son of George, had his hand in 10 songs, the most of any producer on the album.  His famous father was probably enough to get him the gig, but he sealed his deal with the brilliant work he did remixing tracks from The Beatles catalog for the Love Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas. Then there’s “Let it Be’s” original producer, Glynn John’s son, Ethan, who made the Kings of Leon’s much loved, grittier early albums and more recently both Vaccines records. Together, the Fab Four 2013 & the Fifth Beatle made a rocking record that recoils with heavy riffs and hearty emotion.

new 12 paul singThere’s a lot of “new” love on the CD.  Most of the songs written while Paul’s relationship with Nancy was fun and fresh (and hopefully still is), and scary at times, like in the “hidden” track entitled “Scared”. Just Paul on piano, vocals, bass and vibraphone, telling, we assume Nancy, “I’m scared to say I love you. Afraid to let you know.” That title’s not printed on the CD, but appears as the album”s 13th track on the standard edition, and track 15 on the deluxe.

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Here are the 15 songs found on the Deluxe edition:

Track 1: Save Us. A rocking number that Paul’s been performing live recently. This one has tentacles reaching out to a “new” relationship too, but with power and oomph. Perfect, driving song to lead off the CD.New 4 guitarsTrack 2. Alligator.  This Mark Ronson produced track features Paul’s current band. Again, a song asking for his “new” love to “dare and find his key”, someone he can “give his alligator to.”

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Track3. On My Way to Work.  A track that seems to show Paul as the “everyman”, riding the bus to work, wondering when his dreams will come true, reminiscent of his days as a young boy riding the double decker.. The song has string sections, violas and cellos and Paul seems to take the bus to the far east.  His entire band, minus Abe Laboriel Jr, play on this track.

New 3 pianoTrack 4. Queenie Eye. Since he wrote his first song at 14, Paul has had a great talent for taking us on a journey through the memories of his childhood. Queenie Eye uses a rhyme in a game that Paul played with his mates as a boy. Beatle studies will hear a flashback to the 1967 Christmas Message to the Fans, Christmastime is Here Again, “O-U-T spells out”.  A great track. One of my favorites.

new 9 voxTrack 5. Early Days.  This one keeps coming back as the fan favorite. This Giles Martin produced track reminds us of the Beatle days in Hamburg, with a guitars strapped on their backs and hair slicked back with Vaseline, looking for and listening to the music that inspired them to write and perform. It’s the lyrics in this one that will grab you and take you back to the Cavern.  I can already hear it placed at just the right moment at an upcoming Macca concert. Listening to the words conjures up images of those smokey  early days.

Track 6.  New. This is the fun track that kicked off promotion for “New”. It clearly shows the fun and excitement of a fresh new love being drunken in by Paul. This one’s showed up at almost every performance of songs from “New”, and deservedly so. A great, romping track Paul says deserves to be played on one of those long drives in the family Caddy. “We can do what we want. We can live as we choose”.  Choose New love.

Track 7. Appreciate. Another Giles track that reminds us to pick your head up in the middle of a crisis. This one shows the great craftsmanship of Martin’s vision. It’s very UN-Beatlelike though tomorrow may never know this track is a comprised of spliced together tape loops and guitar loop sounds.  Giles convinced Paul to make those into a song that we can appreciate.

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Track 8. Everybody Out There.  This one has a Wings vibe, ala Band on the Run’s Mrs. Vandebilt.  It’s all hooks and beat with backup vocals reminiscent of Linda, and it’s no wonder, the liner notes list “McCartney Family Chorus” and the same string players as on   the On My Way to Work.  My favourite track on the CD.

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Track 9. Hosanna. This Ethan Johns produced track features only Paul vocals, guitar, bass, drums and tape loops and Johns playing an iPad Tambora app.  If the album needed one, this is the bathroom break.

Track 10. I Can Bet begs you to “listen to me, I’ve got no plan but I’m your man”.  Again it has the power and drive of the album’s opening track and an appeal to “New” love, a theme running through this work.  Great track with a lot of layers.

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Track 11. Looking at Her.  Another Giles Martin production features great rhythm and brilliant Macca rhymes, with his voice,  seemingly put through a leslie like John’s on Revolver, but this time, it’s programmed keyboards and tape loops being sung from the highest mountain. Great track.

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Track 12. Road.  The only co-writer on this CD is producer Paul Epworth, whose name makes its third appearance along side Paul McCartney’s on the writing credits.  I assume much of the writing might have been done in the studio as Paul and Paul play and program some electronic instruments on their three tracks. That being said, this a rather quietly sung ditty with pure Macca emotion, upbeat and headed for the light.

Track 13. (deluxe edition) Turned Out. Turns out Rusty, Brian and Abe show up on this one too, which could mean it could turn up at a future Macca show. A bouncy track reminiscent of Chaos and Creation’s Promise to You Girl. I like it.

New 5 paul windowTrack 14. (deluxe edition) Get Me Out of Here.  What I love about this song is the Rocky Racoon vocal vibe Paul delivers. You can almost hear him ask for a Gideon bible as he sings the song with a story-telling strum on acoustic, washboard and thimbles, while Rusty Anderson plays a water bottle.  You wonder if the name “Nancy” in the White Album track set him off on this journey. One of coolest songs on “New”.

Track 15. (hidden track) Scared. (see above). This track shows Paul’s vulnerability and insecurity, even with his success, at confirming he’s found reciprical love. A nice way to wrap up the disc.

There’s also a track found on the Japanese edition, Struggle, which we’ve posted in the Beatle Brunch Club for you to listen to, at http://www.beatlebrunchclub.com.


Now, where should you get it?  i-tunes is a good start, but if you’re like me and enjoy reading from the original package, Best Buy, Walmart or Target are your best bets.  Target’s Deluxe Edition is the only one that comes with a DVD, “A Rendezvous With Paul”, 22-minutes of behind-the-scenes from Paul’s “Out There Tour”.  If you’ve ever bought the VIP experience at Paul’s concert, you’ll love this tour. There’s no mention of the new CD, but you do get a feel for life on the road and backstage with Paul , and for the first time, we get to hear from his band members, who’ve been with Paul longer than “those other guys” played with Paul.  Now Beatle Brunch listeners, YOU can WIN the CD in our weekly Mind Games Contest at http://www.brunchradio.com.

All in all, “New” is fresh, fun and full of risk taking riffs.  Couple that with Paul’s willingness to appear almost everywhere and participate in some tongue in cheek chats and skits with the two Jimmys on late night TV, and his popping up randomly in Times Square and Covent Garden, give “New” a Wings-like spontaneity that Paul enjoyed in the early 70’s.


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New York and LA Macca Fans Can Hear New Early

Beatle Brunch has learned that Paul McCartney is offering fans on both coasts a unique and memorable opportunity to preview his upcoming album, New, in its entirety more than a week prior to it’s release — in your car. This Sunday, October 6th, New — McCartney’s first new mainstream album in five years — will get a special early unveiling in its entirety at two free events being hosted in
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day evening, October 6th, 2013 — and fans will get the first listen.

McCartney told us why he’s doing this:  “I love listening to music in the car. . . It’s like listening with a huge pair of headphones! You’re in there and the sound is wrapped around you. . . it’s great.”

Here’s where to hear NEW: – Sunday, October 6th – City of Industry, California:

Location: Vineland Drive-In 443 N. Vineland Ave, City of Industry, CA.

Time: 7:30 p.m. (parking lot opens at 6 p.m.).

Notes: The first 400 cars to arrive to the Vineland Drive-In will be admitted to hear the album for the first time, via the theater’s FM transmitter. A free commemorative event posters will be given to each attendee.

New York Event: – Sunday, October 6th – New York, City, New York:

Location: Open Road VW/Audi Dealership 802 11th Ave (at 55th).

Times: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – first listening session (doors open at 6:00 p.m.); 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – second listening session.

Notes: The first 100 people to arrive (for each session) will be admitted to listen to Paul’s New album for the first time in brand new vehicles parked on the rooftop.


Paul has banned the use of meat, social media, and prescription drugs from the set of his new video. The Sun reported that in typical tongue-in-cheek fashion, McCartney handed down the proviso to the crew working on the video for his second single from New, called “Queenie Eye.” An insider explained that although meant lightheartedly, producers took the warning seriously: “It was meant as a joke but, still, you would be out on your ear if you ignored the memo (which said) ‘Anyone found on Twitter, Facebook or nibbling a ham sandwich would be rejected immediately. Drug consumption might be harder to prove, but still…'”

Vintage Vinyl News reported that the video is being shot at London’s Legendary Abbey Road Studios and features McCartney pal Johnny Depp and Sean Penn. Brad Pitt, who was slated to appear, apparently had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.

Paul McCartney says that although he’s been asked to describe his songwriting process, he admits that he’s afraid to delve too deeply into it: “Y’know, I think it spoils it for me to analyze it. It’s magic to me, this whole process is completely magic. And I really always feel like someone’s gonna catch me and stop me doing it for a living. (Adopts stern voice) ‘McCartney! You’re writing again!’ (Adopts young voice) ‘Sorry sir!’ There’s always that feeling that this is just too good to be true, so I don’t wanna tempt fate.”


And now NEW news from Beatle Brunch:  While this Sunday we’ll be honoring John Lennon a few days before his birthday, tune in to hear Dhani Harrison’s take on one of HIS dad’s Beatle tunes, “For You Blue”. Listen in during the “Special Feature” section of this weekend’s Brunch!  This one really sounds like Dad, and features George’s old buddy, Jim Keltner on drums.

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Macca Rocks it “New” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Closing down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles is usually reserved for a guy in a Batman costume clobbering a guy in a Spider Man suit, but Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live closed it for a Beatle in a “New” costume. Sir Paul McCartney played to several thousand fans and millions more on national television, when he joined Kimmel for his first appearance on the hit ABC show.


Paul joined Jimmy for the open to throngs of screaming fans. As he and Jimmy looked down on the frantic crowd, Kimmel professed, “they really love me”.  The love, love, love carried over to the third segment of the show when Paul joined Jimmy at the desk to chat about his earliest job (riding 2nd man in a lorry), writing his first song with John (“I Saw Her Standing There”), and talking about how hard it was to get a date in the pre-Beatle days. Paul reminisced about Beatlemania in L.A. in 1964. Jimmy reminded him that they met Elvis that year, but stood corrected by Paul who told Kimmel, “you’re telling me that from research, I’m telling you from memory”. The correct year, of course, was 1965 in Bel Air. Paul proved his memory is not almost full, as he told another story about attending dance parties with George, hoping to dance with girls. He DID however, get the street dancing when he launched into 14 tunes,  two of which made it on the broadcast, “New” and “Lady Madonna”.

Check out the pics from last night’s performance.


Here comes the setlist played live on Hollywood Boulevard:

“Save Us” (McCartney)
“Junior’s Farm” (Wings)
“Jet” (Wings)
“New” (McCartney)
“Lady Madonna” (Beatles)
“Birthday” (Beatles)
“Another Day” (McCartney)
“Everybody Out There” (McCartney)
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (Beatles)
“Band on the Run” (Wings)
“Back in the U.S.S.R.” (Beatles)
“Day Tripper” (Beatles)
“Let It Be” (Beatles)
“Hey Jude” (Beatles)

Paul is set to appear on a live session for BBC Radio 6 on October 16th as part of the “6 Music Live at Maida Vale” series. Paul’s “New” CD, “New” comes out October 15th.  Here’s the color artwork, just released and Paul playing “New” live in L.A.


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“New” Harrison Song from Son Dhani Channels Dad

While Sir Paul has a new song out called “New”, and his son James is playing and promoting HIS new album, George’s son, Dhani, has something “new” for us two (or the Two of Us), however, this new song has something old, something “new”, something  borrowed and something”Blue”.


Dhani has just released a remake of his dad’s song from “Let it Be”, called “For You Blue”. It’s mesmerizing, and so reminiscent of The Beatles version.  Like Dad, who gave to charity throughout his years, beginning with The Concert for Bangladesh, Dhani is donating all of his proceeds to George Harrison’s Material World Foundation, which is currently focused on helping create awareness for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and its mission to cure spinal cord injury.

Dhani recorded the new version of “For You Blue” with fellow musicians Blake Mills, Aaron Embry, and drummer Jim Keltner, one of George’s best buddies. The song was originally recorded in 1969 and then released on The Beatles’ Let it Be album a year later.

You can hear the new song in the Beatle Brunch Club downloads, but why don’t you buy it? It’s only a buck-22 and it’s for a good cause.

Here are some reviews from fans who bought the song on i-tunes.

Customer Reviews

by Rob T8

Ok, this sounds terrific but is also scary at the same time. Sounds exactly like George! What a fantastic tribute to his father.

Nice – thanks Dhani!!!

by Dougster

Great cover of “For You Blue” by Dhani Harrison. Fantastic production – vocals – great guitar work. “Beefs up” the Beatles/George’s arrangement from Let It Be. Would love to see/hear Dhani do a whole album of George’s lesser known material with this band. Please downlaod from iTunes as proceeds go to charity.


by Ajscissor

Absolutely amazing. George would be proud.

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The Concours d’ “Excellence” shines on The Pacific Coast

A beautiful frame can enhance even the most perfect painting. So, imagine framing some of the world’s most exquisite creations of automotive excellence with the vistas of the Monterey Peninsula.  It happened last week, and the result was a more than perfect picturesque four days at Carmel by The Sea at The Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance car week, where classic motorcars and the elegant style of bodies of every shape and style, sat side by side along the vistas of The Pacific Coast.


The Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, CA is THE show of shows. 251 examples of the most impeccably-restored gems of automotive engineering from all over the globe and throughout history rested comfortably on the 18th fairway of one of the world’s most storied courses, seemingly taking up golf like every retired specimen of life dreams of.


And while so many were so perfect, only one would be awarded “Best of Show”.  The honor went to Paul & Judy Andrews of White Settlement Texas, whose 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Cabriolet, pictured below, took top honors.


But honoring restored machinary was just a sidebar. One of the most impeccably preserved examples of well-worn history has to be 102 year-young Margaret Dunning, who drove to Pebble Beach in her 1932 Packard, which she has owned since 1949 and maintains primarily by herself. Dunning received a special award from the Concours’ Judges who recognized her tenacity and attractive stubbornness, outlasting many men in the car appreciation world before her.



These photographs paint more than colors and history, they bring us back to a time of innocence and adventure that we so long to return to.

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For fans of historic Shelby speedsters, the Retroauto section contained a rare collection of original Cobras, some gracing the signature of “Sir” Carroll Shelby himself. Among those proudly on display, included the one that was personally driven by Carroll in one of his first races.



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The Gooding and Co. Auction was another exciting component of the weekend in Pebble Beach.  Tonight Show host Jay Leno’s Fiat 500 Prima Edizione, initially valued at $25,000 to $35,000, sold for $385,000 and attracted an additional $215,000 raising a total of $600,000 for the Fisher House Foundation. Also in attendance were Steve Carrell, George Lucas, Adrien Brody and Adam Carolla.

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At the Concours d’Elegance, you never really “finish”, you only take a pit stop until the next gathering…


Sunday August 18th, 2013 at Pebble Beach. Go to http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net.


Photos and story by Joe Johnson, below.


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Macca at The Colbert Report – Being for the Benefit of Nikki – Thanks!

- Nikki Denett filed this report for Beatle Brunch, after she saw Sir Paul on The Colbert Report Wednesday afternoon: 

The experience began after a very long late morning/early afternoon wait on line outside the Colbert Studio. I found out the Colbert normally tapes much later but we were on Paul’s schedule (clearly) so the appearance was going to be taped earlier. No biggie. I can skip a Starbucks trip for Paul. Paul showed up around 12:30 and a little while after that, we were all checked in and ready to go, going through security and then being told to chill out in this Colbert-ified room right outside the studio.

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After we were told for the umpteenth time that we were forbidden to use our phones or cameras inside (ok, studio lady) and after another very long wait, we were finally allowed inside the studio, where I immediately locked eyes with the famous psychedelic piano in close proximity!  Ok, Now we knew we were in the right place. Funny thing, upon walking in the studio, we were asked if we would like ear plugs (they were actually serious). I thought, “Are you kidding?” and that was pretty much the last coherent thought I had before I actually realized just how small the studio was and how close we would be to Paul.  I kept asking “Is this a joke?” for a good ten minutes.

I really dig the Colbert atmosphere.  First we had a warm-up comedian whose main purpose was to get us all hyped (like we needed it?) and then after a rousing chant of “Stephen! Stephen!” our host made his grand entrance and we had a quick little question and answer session with him “out of character” (as they call it) and then it was onto the show. Stephen explained to us that the segments would be ordered differently on the broadcast but that for the taping he was going to do all the news stuff first, then have the chat with Paul and then have songs, songs, songs and hey, he had me at the first mention of “songs” so I was a happy (and very excited) camper.

After the news segment during the “commercial break”, Paul casually strolled out, unannounced on the set and after a rousing ovation in his honor, the real fun began.

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Paul and Stephen’s banter was the best. Some of the highlights were when Stephen makes fun of the way Paul says “schedule”, when he asked about when The Beatles decided to stop writing songs for other people and start writing for themselves and Paul simply answers “drugs” (lol). They discussed plenty of Wings stuff, and when Stephen asked Paul what’s one song he wished he’d written before his time, Paul responded with Fred Astaire’s “Cheek to Cheek” and then he and Stephen proceeded to sing that song together. Paul was singing “Heaven…I’m in Heaven…” and at that moment I I thought “Um, Paul I’M in heaven!”  (editor’s note: Steven also asked veggie Paul about claiming to like roast beef, as shown in the above Beatle card from the 60’s)

A few bits of the interview that didn’t make the air was when Stephen quizzed Paul on how much a gallon of milk was to see just how and Paul replied right away, “In English or American?”

The best bits though were in between the breaks that were supposed to be for commericals.  Paul bobbing his head to White Stripes and Passion Pit music, there was a brief moment when he was called away from the stage and the band and then returned a minute later and he dramatically announced to us “I’ve just been fired!” and he put this like mock-upset face on and we let him know “Awww Paul it’s okay”.
We were told that Paul would be doing six songs at first, but he ended up doing nine (five of which were broadcast and one which was held for a website “exclusive”). Apparently he decided what songs to play when he got there that morning.

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Paul’s Colbert Set List

Matchbox (not broadcast)

Let Me Roll It (not broadcast)

Listen to What the Man Said

Letting Go (not broadcast)

I’ve Just Seen A Face (He started the intro and then stopped halfway through, saying, “We’re going to try that again” and then we all droned and then he mentioned “hey, it’s my band! I can do that if I want!”)

Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite

Hi Hi Hi (Paul introduced this song, noting “This song is about getting high ON LIFE!

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Birthday (web exclusive).   Paul dedicated this one to everyone who was having a birthday and apparently forgot to acknowledge his own.  Good thing he had me there to remind him !

Afterwards he thanked us for coming out to “this lunchtime session” and after a few more waves and kisses blown to us he made his graceful exit.

This topped even last year’s SNL appearance for the closest I’ve ever witnessed Paul perform his music. He was just THERE hanging out on the set mere feet in front of us and it was amazing to be able to just sit there and watch him. That sounds weird, but I loved that the Colbert crew was only a few guys and the studio was so small because it made it even more intimate and special, even though millions of people would probably be watching this.

It was an absolute dream and I feel extremely grateful/lucky/blessed/fortunate to once again be able to write a post like this. Every time Paul comes here I walk away loving him even more.  I’m amazed that’s still possible at this point.

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