In recent interviews with Rolling Stone magazine, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift shared their experiences as they prepared new albums during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. McCartney will release McCartney III on Dec 11 while Swift released Folklore on Jul 24.
In the interview, McCartney mentioned that he has to know the framework of a song before writing it before filling it with lyrics. He added that while preparing his upcoming album, he did not adhere to any specific formula.
“I will sometimes, as I did with a couple of songs on this album, sit down at the piano and just start noodling around, and I’ll get a little idea and start to fill that out. So the lyrics — for me, it’s following a trail,” McCartney said. “And I’ll just sort of fill it in.”
McCartney also mentioned that during his days with the Beatles, he and the late John Lennon would work on their songs in much the same way.
In the same interview, McCartney related his experiences recording his new album during the pandemic. He noted that he was somewhat fortunate that events worked out as they did because he had been living a short drive from a recording studio at the time.
“I have a studio that’s like 20 minutes away from where I live,” he said. “I had four of my grandkids (and my daughter) Mary, (so) I would just drive myself to the studio.”
While McCartney did note that just like anyone else, he had faced his share of struggles during lockdown, he has generally been able to remain upbeat throughout the ordeal.
Swift, meanwhile, said that while creating her new album, she wanted her song lyrics to reflect a more expansive vocabulary. “I was also using words I always wanted to use — kind of bigger, flowerier, prettier words,” she said. “(Why) don’t I just use the damn word I want to use in the song?”
Swift also mentioned some of her favourite words which she sometimes uses as fallback options when crafting lyrics. Among the words she cited were “epiphany”, “divorcée”, and “elegies”.
Music and lyrics were not the only topics on Swift’s mind. She also spoke about how she needed to busy herself with ordinary everyday activities in the midst of the pandemic.
“I definitely relate to needing to[…] […]read more books and learn to sew, and watch movies that take place hundreds of years ago,” she said. She added that such pursuits freed her mind from the stresses and turbulence of the outside world during the pandemic.
Swift has been making good on her words; she mentioned that she has been doing much embroidery and painting, especially acrylic and oil painting, during lockdown.
24th November 2020 16:38
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