After Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize for Literature the other day, a few grad school buddies and I had an animated discussion over whether he deserved it (most said “yes”). But I also argued that had Lennon and McCartney both been alive, they would have equally deserved the prize for literature.
When someone sardonically pointed out that Nobels aren’t given for corpses, I continued to argue that Paul McCartney deserved the Prize as much as did Dylan. Well, that may have been hyperbole, but McCartney wrote a number of fantastic “rock” songs: Eleanor Rigby; The Fool on the Hill; the fantastic final medley of Abbey Road; Penny Lane, Here, There and Everywhere; Yesterday, and this classic, supposedly about civil rights. When listening to some of these songs again (and don’t miss this live version by an older McCartney, I found this superb version of “Blackbird” by Sarah McLachlan, which I hadn’t heard. Enjoy it; it’s a good way to start a lazy Saturday.