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♪ >> reporter: he's written hundreds of songs and at 78 years old, they keep coming. >> i thought i was just having fun in the studio to while away the time during lockdown or rockdown, as we were calling it. >> reporter: the former beatle has a new album, but still thinks constantsly about his old songwriting partner, john lennon. >> the question is: would we have ever gotten back together again? >> reporter: what's the answer? sir paul mccartney later on "sunday morning." >> pauley: 'tis the season for generosity and kindness, not that kindness should be limited just to yuletide. with mo rocca, we'll meet some folks for whom kindness is a year-round calling. >> reporter: you don't know their names, but day in and day out, all across the country, they're changing lives through their commitment to
kindness. >> to me, it is a choice. we make the choice to be kind. >> reporter: what is the difference between kindness and niceness? >> to me, niceness is fake. but kind comes from your heart. >> reporter: ahead on "sunday morning," there is nothing random about it. the very real power of kindness. >> pauley: as i mentioned, we'll be celebrating the power of music throughout the morning, with performances by the young, and as david pogue will show us, the young at heart. ♪ >> reporter: from the boss. ♪ dancing in the dark >> reporter: to bowie, the young at heart chorus is not your grandmother's choir. well, actually, when you were assigning solos to the songs, what is it that you're looking for? >> i'm looking for their initial kind of take on the song, and what their attitude is towards it.
you know, rock music is so full of attitude. >> reporter: you'll want to turn the volume up for this one, coming up on "sunday morning." ♪ >> pauley: youth will have its own moment to shine this morning. we'll have a pair of performances by the young people's chorus of new york city. nancy giles takes us inside etsy. and serena altschul shows us it is the season for toys. plus chef bobby flay with some home for the holiday recipes. along with steve hartman, jim gaffigan, and more, on this sunday morning on the 20th of december 2020. we'll be back right after this. ♪
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instituted a course in world religion. sherry mcintyre says she was the only instructor willing to teach it. >> to be quite honest, a lot of people were afraid of it. >> reporter: why were they afraid? >> because it is a very delicate subject, and if you don't do it right, there is a lot of fallout, and wars are fought over this stuff, so it is a pretty tough topic to teach. >> i'm not in any of though religions. i have my own religion. >> if you don't understand something, you can be fearful and angry at it. >> reporter: sherry mcintyre's goal is to promote understanding by drawing connections among the world's major religions. >> religion is like a vehicle that gets you from this human experience that we all have, and it connects you with a spiritual one. i teach the golden rule, and that is the thread. i've had students any, these religions are really all the same -- they're different, but at the
heart, they're all asking for us to treat each other with kindness. >> reporter: you're teaching a course on world religions, but are you also secretly teaching about kindness? >> yes, i actually am. >> reporter: she is just one crusader of kindness featured in the new documentary "the antidote" on amazon prime, directed by kahane cooperman and john hoffman, the film was inspired by what hoffman sees as an increasingly dangerous cultural and political climate. >> there has been such division and such ranker, that if that division starts eating away at these common decencies that we exhibit towards one another, then our democracy might truly be in danger. >> reporter: kindness, they believe, is the antidote. but what does kindness mean? the word itself has been
nearly beaten to death, reduced to a slogan on a par now with nice. >> i think kindness implies action, more so than nice. >> i would never be compelled to make a film about niceness. [laughter] >> my gut tells me there is not enough there. >> good morning. how are you? good. >> reporter: and so the film highlights people for whom kindness isn't a random act but a full-time commitment. >> kindness is a fierce tool and a weapon for change. >> reporter: how do you define kindness? >> i think the first real cornerstone is, you know, love thy neighbor. >> reporter: for de'amon harges with broadway united methodist church, that means listening. >> being very curious is an avenue for being a good
listener. >> reporter: known as the roving listener, he starts by asking not what people in his hard scrabble neighborhood need, but what they can give. >> we normally ask people how poor they are, and how can we help them, instead of asking what gifts do you have and how can we celebrate those. there are 45 gardeners n the radius around my house. who knew that was there? >> reporter: you're like a talent scout of the soul? >> yeah, something like that. i just kidnap people to fall in love with each other. >> reporter: and to help each other. >> hello? >> reporter: three years ago, he started the biker boys and girls shop. >> who's got the broom? >> reporter: where do the bicycles come from? >> people donate them. the last two years we got a shipment from the police department. >> reporter: kids learn to fix bicycles, along
with marketing and communications skills, and neighbors who need bikes, get them. >> we've had people who say i need a bike to get to a job interview, and a lot of time we'll loan them a bike to go do that. >>reporter: i think a lot of time when the people hear the word "kindness," it has lost a lot of its power. like the word nice, it feels kind of anemic. but you're describing something much more muscular. >> yes. it's a stance. it is also a practice. it is hard to be kind sometimes. >> you keep this in your pocket. you understand? >> you could drop in anywhere and find people like this, everyday people, doing these kinds of things. >> i'm name is dr. o'connell. what do you need, anything? >> reporter: dr. jim o'connell is the founding physician of the boston health care for the homeless program. >> i still think you have a little bit of a
concussion when you fell down. >> reporter: which serves more than 12,000 each year. >> is it blood pressure? >> it is blood pressure. it's okay. >> reporter: perhaps no one is the victim of more unkindness than the homeless. how do you people you serve see themselves? >> if there was a universal viewing that i would gather from the people we serve is that they are not only poor, but they're very lonely. homeless people wander the city all day long. no one ever says their name way any kind of dignity. >> reporter: 36 years ago, o'connell was planning to become an oncologist, when his mentor suggested he work for a year at a shelter. >> how bad are your foot? >> frostbite. >> reporter: the chief nurse told dr. o'connell to set aside the stethoscope and the medical bag. >> she put them aside and i had to soak feet. >> reporter: yes, soak
the feet of the homeless. >> it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. because i was stopped in my tracks. i was used to going 100 miles per hour. >> you feel my thumb? >> and during that two months, i probably learned most of the foundations of the care we now provide. >> tell me, how is that? that will work? >> yeah. 100% better. >> reporter: that act would help build trust. >> it does. it is surprising. first of all, it puts the power structure so you're at the feet of the person and they are in charge. and i think just that symbolism of that, and the practicality of that, let people open up. >> reporter: when we pass a homeless person on the street, what should we do? >> the most important thing you can do is to look the person in the eye and just acknowledge them. really what they're looking for is not to be ignored. just saying hello to somebody rather than ignoring them is really, really powerful.
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pogue. ♪ >> reporter: you might expect people in their golden years to sing golden oldies. ♪ >> reporter: but there are no golden oldies in this group's repertoire. they just rock. ♪ >> reporter: meet the young at heart chorus of north hampton, massachusetts, founded in 1982. ♪ >> reporter: average age, 85. ♪ people think i'm crazy >> reporter: they've toured the world... ♪ >> reporter: and even starred in a 2008 documentary. ♪ i feel good >> no, no, no.
dah, dah, dah. oh, man, it's going to be such a pain in my backside. ♪ i feel good >> nice. >> we walk into this group and think, old people, what are they going to remember, back in the '40s and '50s. >> reporter: bill shepherd, sonia nieto and lu cauley range in age from 75 to 91. >> a lot of this is very -- you know, it is the hard rock. it's twisted sister, it's the clash. ♪ >> reporter: and what do you think is the attraction for the audience? what's the formula? >> they see people having fun. maybe people who they thought would be a little dottering by this age. who they thought might not have the energy.
♪ ♪ this gun's for fire, even if we're just dancing in the dark ♪ >> it's good for us. we've got a say, yes i can, i'll try it. >> we're not like old people up there just hanging on. we dance. ♪ >> when i was retired, i said to my wife, i said, you better start planning my funeral because i'm going to be dead in six months because i've got to keep busy. ♪ it's been a long, long time coming, but i know, things gonna come ♪ >> i think it keeps the creputude at bay, the ability to me memorize lyrics. >> reporter: bo josh
silverman is the director. he has been running the chorus for 38 years. and what is your musical background? >> oh, my, not good. i was in a rock band in eighth grade called "the torn souls," and we were pretty horrible, actually. >> reporter: but somewhere along the line, though, you absorbed a lot of rock songs. >> oh, i spent a lot of time listening to musician. there are about seven or so new songs i want to take a look at. >> reporter: in the documentary, we learn that the singers don't always love bob's song choices at first. >> do you like it? >> no. ♪ >> reporter: you sometimes go there, punk songs -- >> oh, yeah. i think the thing that is cool about them singing music they don't know is they don't sing it the way you would expect it to be sung.
they very naturally turn into their own thing. ♪ how i wish, how i wish you were here ♪ ♪ we're just two lost souls living in a fish bowel, year after year ♪ >> reporter: i think the only critique i've ever heard is putting young, rebellious songs into the mouths of older people is a novelty stunt? >> i think that is what i would think about it, old people singing rock music, ooh, that sounds really deadly. i can't imagine wanting to do that. but i don't think a lot of people walk away, after seeing the work, saying that. and that's what is more important to me. ♪ >> reporter: as 2020 dawned, the young at heart chorus was flying high, millions of views on youtube, new concerts in the works, and then the pandemic. it meant the end of any group singing together in
the same place. >> it was, like, wow, i have to completely rethink this thing. we're starting from scratch. >> reporter: the solution was meeting over zoom. >> can you hear me? hello? >> yes, joel, you're in. >> i pushed the right button. >> reporter: but video chat can be technological challenging no matter how old you are. >> yeah, hit that once. >> whoa! >> and you can see yourself, can't you? >> yeah, unfortunately. >> all of a sudden i see where these people live. i had never been to their houses. it was kind of beautiful. ♪ merry st. christmas and a happy new year ♪ >> reporter: what is less beautiful is that you can't sing together over zoom because the internet has a half-second delay. so the singers record their parts individual,
each alone at home, and editors mix them all together, create a video to match, and the show goes on. ♪ we're not gonna fake it ♪ >> reporter: now, the minimum age to get into this group is 75. so sooner or later age catches up with its members. >> mostly people leave because they are no longer physically able to be there anymore. >> reporter: wow, there is an occupational hazard -- >> totally. we've had 150 people die since we started this group. so the turnover is enormous. it was hard to get the news about andy yesterday. >> reporter: shortly after our interview, the group lost another member. andy walsh died, only two weeks before the big holiday concert. he had been with the group since 2009. ♪ [applause and cheering]
>> reporter: last weekend, the holiday concert went ahead as planned, dedicated to andy's memory. you can watch it on youtube. ♪ what's the matter with your head ♪ >> reporter: john rinehart kicked the concert off, and lu cauley channelled madonna, and joel spiro got down in his santa suit. ♪ forever young >> reporter: the concert ended as most young at heart concerts do, with bob dylan's "young at heart." >> they're doing the most interesting work kind of at the end of their life. so you can produce stuff that not only your peers will like, but your kids will like and your grandkids will like. ♪ forever young >> that's why i can't see myself stopping it.
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covid-19, a lot of people are staying at home, buying things online. and a lot of people are in their homes, making things to sell. that's a perfect situation for etsy, an econsumers' website where 70 million people shop for bathtub toys, mailboxes, pet costumes, vintage wedding dresses and candles. >> i'll make about 30 to 50 candles a day. because everything we have we make to order. >> reporter: amberlee and isabella makes candles in her basement. >> you want to make sure you pour everything very slow. >> reporter: it was all her mom's idea. amberlee and elizabeth never tried this before. >> she bought all of the candle supplies, and we learned how to make candles off of youtube. >> there are an awful lot of fails before you get it
right. >> reporter: but they did get it right. >> this is a little bit of a tedious process. >> reporter: and now they create 125 different soy-based candles that celebrate birth months, states, and cities. >> each individual candle not only has its own story, but it has its own particular scent. >> reporter: that's why the five-year-old company is called scripted fragrance. their dog candles are very popular. does that candle smell like a dog? >> that is a popular misconception. i happen to love beagles, and there is a candle with the scent that captures the essence of beagles. >> reporter: it is friendliness and curiosity -- >> it is one of our strongest scents because they have one of the loudest barks. >> reporter: and like thousands of etsy sellers, they turned what began as a side interest into full-time jobs. there are over three million sellers selling on
etsy, selling over 75 million items. >> literally, people can sell anything. >> reporter: anything they've made themselves or designed. >> you can buy everything from the cushion to the couch. >> reporter: josh silverman is the chief executive officer, and his company's stock is one of the top performers this year. he paid attention last april when the centers for disease control advised americans to start wearing masks. >> one of the first things we did is, we put out an a.p.b., calling all sellers, if you have a sewing machine, start making masks. in the second quarter of this year, etsy sellers sold over $375 million worth of masks. >> the masks have saved my business, i will say that seriously. as i'm making masks, people are asking, well, i want a matching shirt, i want a matching dress. >> reporter: in his compact union city, new
jersey studio, reuben reuel makes masks. his grandmother in virginia was a seamstress. >> did your grandmother teach you how to sew? >> she did. boys did not sew. >> reporter: but as a pastor's wife, her sunday best did inspire her. >> that was something that also inspired me in my own designs. >> reporter: he studied fashion and came to new york to try to make his name. >> and etsy came along, where i told myself, i don't have the money to get a p.r. company to push my brand. i don't have the money to have a showroom. i don't have the money for all of this marketing. >> reporter: but even beyonce has worn his fashions. >> it doesn't always turn over into a financial gain, but i will say it
does allow the brand to have credibility. this is where she got all of her materials and threads. i use it in the same manner now. >> reporter: and his grandmother's thread box watches over everything reuben reuel sews. >> it reminds me of a history of women who were creative in my life, and so i love this box because it really reminds me of my grandmother. >> reporter: the fact is, the personal connection between sellers and buyers is one of the reasons etsy does so well. sellers often write personal notes to their clients. >> so over the past 12 months, there have been over $7..5 billion sold over etsy. >> reporter: to achieve that demand, the folks at etsy have be demanding. >> if you don't do things the etsy way, you can be
punished. i think a lot of it circles around the free shipping aspect. >> every buyer expects free shipping, and sellers who incorporate free shipping are incorporated more prominently. and that way buyers' expectations are met. > reporter: matthew cummings sells his house-brewed beer in knoxville, tennessee, and his remarkably shaped beer glasses. >> if you hold it up to the light, and you'll get different densities of the beer. >> reporter: he actually began as a glass-blowing artist, a sculpture, but only so many people could afford his work. >> you know at $6,000 to $14,000, i capito can't afford y own work. >> reporter: so a beer-loving friend suggested he make something that more people could enjoy: glasses.
by 2013, he was another etsy success story. >> we were back-ordered for three or four months for, like, two years. >> reporter: and today they allow cummings to provide business and art. >> glass has a ton of personality on its own. it's not like you're blowing glass and you're making it into this thing. it is a conversation or a dance with another material that is very mindful. i start to make something, and then i'll let the glass decide where we want to go. so these are more like jazz. >> reporter: his quartet of glassblowers makes 200 glasses a day. what has etsy meant to your life? >> i think etsy has been life-changing. it has totally redirected what i've been able to do and expanded what i've even dreamed to accomplish. it was 100% life-changing. >> reporter: okay. that's delicious.
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trinkets, she felt an alter ego emerging. >> on my walk back, i was brainstorming ideas of what my name was going to be. >> what do you mean what your name was going to be? >> my imagination took over and i started thinking, if i left a note as a fairy, that would be really fun to do. >> and so the next night she did just that, left a note for whoever built the garden. my name is sapphire, she wrote, i'm one of the fairies who lives in this tree. the next day a 4-year-old girl named eliana wrote back. the first exchange in what who'has evolved into a remarkable friendship. nine months of friendship, and they traded photos with one another, and turned a year of disappointment into a season of wonder. eliana's mom, emily, couldn't be more grateful. can you believe the extent she went to for all of this? >> oh, we were constantly floored. like, the gifts that she
would give were so personal and so kind. and we're, like, we don't even know you. >> eliana felt like the lukiest girl in the world. but what she wanted more than any present was to meet her new friend. that's when sapphire remembered that fairies can, on very rare occasion, turn human-sized, which is how earlier this month sapphire appeared. >> she turned around and saw me, and the way that she looked at me, i'll never forget that. it was just really mask magical. >> kelly says at the start of this pandemic she was in a dark place, but with a little imagination and a whole lot of kindness, she found her light and says you can, too. >> i want people to believe that they don't have to be a fairy to give a little bit of magic to somebody else. and it doesn't have to be a child, either. that true love for one another, that's real. >> real as it gets.
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and for nearly a century now, one innovative company has been crafting both toys and lasting memories. serena altschul takes us back. >> reporter: they are the touchstones of our youth. the rock a stack, the xylophone -- >> and who makes our little people have such an interesting time? >> reporter: and... >> you'itle. >> reporter: ...those little people. no matter how old we are, everyone remembers their favorite childhood toys. >> here is a toy that everybody knows: the corn popper. >> reporter: then there is the lesser-known bunny scoot. it was introduced in 1931, part of the first batch of toys ever told by fisher-price. they called them the "16 hopefuls." >> this is the arc of the covenant, as i call it.
>> reporter: bruce box, who used to work for the company, has collected over 500 fisher-price toys, and the stories to go with them. >> in 1933, this toy solved an international problem in chile. the american ambassador pulled this toy out of his briefcase, and he put it on the table, and the toy started walking back and forth and across the table, and everybody started laughing and they all calmed down. >> reporter: remember the chatter phone? at first called the talk-back telephone. it was a flop. >> because moms didn't want to buy it because they didn't want their kids talking back to them. after a year, the talk-back telephone, fisher-price quit making it and all they did was change the name to the chatter phone. >> reporter: all toll, more than 47 million have been sold and counting. this holiday season, couped up parents will spend an average of $150 on gifts for each of their kids, and fisher-price is a gold mine for many toy
stores. >> i used to have one of those when i was little, emma. gosh. >> reporter: at the toy store in sun valley, idaho, some of their best-sellers are licensed reproductions of fisher-price classics. >> and you can-seekers you turn it and... >> reporter: wow! carol knight is the store's owner. what do costumers say when they see the fisher-price? >> well, they react and say, oh, my gosh, i remember when i had that toy as a child. >> reporter: it is emotional. >> it is very emotional. and there is always a smile on their face. >> reporter: it all started in the small town of east aurora new york in 1930. businessman herm fisher joined forces with the city's mayor, irving
price, along with his wife, along with a toy shop owner named helen schelle. >> just after they launched, they had this horrible snowstorm, and they know yo knew they had to me this deliver to macy's. >> reporter: chuck is senior vice president of fisher-price. during world war ii, the company stopped making toys and started making aircraft parts and shipping crates for supplies. >> they really delivered the same premise of making great things. they just focused on is supported the war effort at that time, versus focusing on toys. >> reporter: that ability to pivot served them well again this year. when the pandemic hit, the company released a line of thank you heros and donated the proceeds. and with more parents working from home, fisher-price is keeping kids busy with toys that
allow them to imitate mom and dad. but it hasn't been all fun and games. over 30 infant fatalities have occurred -- last year fisher-price recalled millions of its rock in place sleepers, which were linked to accidental infant deaths. but now, as the company marks 90 years, chuck says they have staying power. because they've embraced their roots, like their legendary play lab. >> the play lab was inspired really by herm fisher's vision that you needed to learn from children, not tell children what they wanted. that observing children would help you make better toys. >> reporter: everybody asks this: how long is the wait list to become a tester? >> the list is not nearly as long as you think. particularly in 2020, we are doing a lot of virtual toy testing. >> reporter: would you like to keep those toys? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: i bet.
zarni and jessica and their children, cyrus and anya, are among the lucky ones. are you tell when a toy is like oh, they really nailed it. this will be interesting for a long time? >> i think what you're seeing right now is a good sign. >> reporter: and that's music to do domenic gubitosi's ears. >> it really started at an early age. i probably played with toys longer than most kids. >> reporter: it turns out it was more than just child's play. now at fisher-price, he oversees the way a toy looks, moves, and even sounds. inspiration can strike at any time. >> the original jumperoo, which was inspired by people bungee jumping, we thought how can we make babies bungee jump? and so we figured out a great wayment. >> reporter: great
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>> pauley: to jim gaffigan now with thoughts about christmas 2020. ♪ >> christmas is only five days away. can you believe it? so we wait. we wait not with the eagerness of a child excited to tear open presents. we hop back on that waiting treadmill, which is the year of 2020. waiting is something we've done a lot of this year. we've done an awful lot of
it this year. initially we waited for information, guidance, and leadership on what the coronavirus exactly was, and how our lives would change. we waited to celebrate our frontline workers at 7:00 o'clock p.m.o. p.m. pee waited for p.p.e. and stimulus checks. we waited for small businesses to be saved, and curves to go up and then down and then up. we waited to see family, and we waited to finally get away from our family. we waited for our fellow citizens to start following guidelines, social justice to arrive, and this country to come together. at times it felt like we were waiting to completely lose our minds. we waited for an election and test results. we waited on recounts, challenges, and more new
restrictions. we waited on reactions to reactions, and overreactions to overreactions. we waited on a vaccine, trials, and approval. and now we wait to receive a physical and metaphoric shot in the arm. but first, we wait for christmas. then we wait for this god-awful year of year of waiting to be put in the history books. we wait for 2020 to be a memory, which will inform and instruct our nation's character to be more compassionate, informed, and respectful. well, that's more of a wish, i guess. i'm waiting for that wish to come true. merry pandemic, everyone. god bless us all.
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>> pauley: songs like that ensure a place in the pantheon of music legends for former beatle paul mccartney. well over a half century into his career, he is still making music, while finding time for a visit from our seth doane. >> we're sitting here. >> reporter: just before our interview, paul mccartney -- >> sorry, i'm composing. >> reporter: -- was joking around, but 50 years after the beatles -- you've got a whole studio here. >> virtual albums. >> reporter: he is still constantly composing and is not letting a pandemic get in the way.
♪ >> reporter: most people in lockdown have been making sourdough bread. paul mccartney makes an album. >> the other thing people have been doing is cleaning out their closets. so that's a bit what that was. i just started cleaning out my cupboards. and i was like wait a minute, what was that song last year that i started but never got to finish. let's have a look at that. i should finish this. ♪ you never used to be afraid of days like these ♪ ♪ but now you're overwhelmed by your anxiety ♪ >> reporter: it so happens that sir paul mccartney, who is 78 years old now, has more interesting cupboards than most of us, and enough fixings to create a new record, mccartney iii, released on friday. it is the sort of d.y.i. album. it helps that he has his own recording studio near
his farm in england, and has had some practice. ♪ can't buy me love ♪ paperback writer >> reporter: you know his biggest hits in a few notes. ♪ hey jude >> okay, put those all together and sing them backwards, and we've got it. >> reporter: for mccartney iii, he was not only songwriter, but producer, and played every instrument. >> it is not like working with a band because i know what i want to hear, and i don't even have to tell anyone. i just say, let's do some drums. i sit on the drums, and i'll sit at the drums and think, doo, doo, doo. so it's all in my head. ♪ >> reporter: the result is an album critics have called experimental, free-wheeling, and a playful gem. ♪ i know my way around >> reporter: do you miss the feedback in a session,
working with a musician? >> no. it's a different kind of thing. sometimes i'll ask more of my engineer, what do you think? one of the dpies might guys mige a suggestion, and i will say no. >> reporter: if making a record is different now, so is talking about it in the era of covid. >> i don't want to give it to anyone; i don't want to get it. when people say i don't wear masks, it's infringing on my civil liberties, i say no, that is stupid. >> reporter: both of us had covid tests, me at his office, right before our meeting. and mccartney has done almost no other in-person interviews. the camera crew ran things remotely from another room. with his wife nancy shevell across the atlantic, he was living on his farm in england recording and spending what he calls rockdown with his daughter mary and four of his eight grandkids. some evenings at dinner
time, he would play samples for them. >> so this was just a little bit of fun granddad had had in the studio. >> reporter: is this the real sir paul mccartney? do you feel this is the authentic you that comes across in a way that a more highly produced album wouldn't? >> that could be true, actually, yeah. >> reporter: it follows two other solo albums, both were initially criticized, though later earned praise. ♪ >> reporter: for a guy who has been inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame twice and has 20 grammy awards, we found him still almost awestruck by the process. >> i just start on either guitar or piano, and i'm noodleing about, really. and there is a melody here. dah, dah, dah. that's pretty good. that's why i love it so much. because you start with nothing, and suddenly, after maybe a couple of
hours, you've got a finished song, and that's, like, wow. and that still amazes me. >> reporter: in what way? >> it always reminds me of, like, a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. ♪ yesterday >> the song "yesterday" that i wrote, i dreamed that song. and i woke up and there was this tune in my head. and i thought, that is magic. i didn't believe it was mine for the first couple of weeks. >> reporter: what do you mean? >> i thought maybe it was an old song i heard somewhere, maybe from my dad's generation. someone is going to go, oh, that's from "west side story." but no one ever found what it was, and in the end, they said, it is yours. >> ladies and gentlemen, here are the beatles. >> reporter: during the '60s, with john lennon, they turned out around 300 songs. >> we never had a dry session. we'd come in, sit down, and about three or four hours later, we had a song. looking back on it, i
think, wow, how lucky is that? or could it be skill? it was always fun. we got so used to it, you know, after the first 50 songs we'd written together, we kind of knew how it was going to go. so if it was a song i brought in, i would just do the first couple of lines, and he would just follow it on. ♪ it's get better all the time ♪ >> the song i started, "it's getting better all of the time" and he wrote, it couldn't get much worse. >> reporter: along with ringo starr and george harrison, the beatles skyrocketed to fame from humble, working-class roots in liverpool, england. can you believe what you do so many years ago still translates and resonates, and it is still a gold standard today? >> it is pretty crazy. i remember when i was a kid, when the beatles were
first starting, and i remember my cousin saying to me, do you think any of your songs are ever going to be standards. and i remember saying, yeah. >> reporter: do you think you knew? >> i didn't know; i guessed. but i had a feeling that some of the stuff we were writing was pretty memorable. >> reporter: what is it about the music that touches people so deeply? >> i'm not sure i have an answer. something to do with the structure of the song. there is no spare stuff that shouldn't be in there. it is the exact amount of stuff that should be on that record. but i amazo i am mazed it keeps going. maybe i'm amazed. >> reporter: i've heard that somewhere. >> good name for a song. >> reporter: "maybe i'm amazed" was on his solo album, this trilogy which
marked his separation from the beatles. they had split up in '69, citing artistic and business differences. john lennon also went on to have his own solo career, until he was shot and killed in front of his home exactly four decades ago this month. i wonder how all these years, 40 years later, you're processing it. >> i'm not sure i am. it's very difficult for me. and i occasionally will have thoughts and sort of say, why don't i just break down crying every day because it is that bad. >> reporter: do you sometimes? >> not every day. yeah, there will be times when i have memories and think, oh, my god. it was just so senseless. >> reporter: do you think he would still be writing and producing like you are? >> yeah. he was showing no signs of slowing up. he was still making great music. the question is: would we
have ever got back together again? >> reporter: what's the answer? >> well, i don't know. we don't know. we were friends. that was one of the great things about it. i don't know how i would have dealt with it. i don't think i've dealt with it very well. in a way, you know, i wouldn't be surprised if i would sort of find out i was slightly in denial because it is too much. >> reporter: mccartney told us he still has dreams about john len less johnn and when he writes. what happens when you are in the car and a beatles song comes on, do you turn it up or turn it off? >> turn it up. it always takes me back to the session, and i remember when john lennon was there and ringo starr was there, and it is great. it's a flashback. ♪ black bird singing in the dead of night ♪ >> reporter: today when he gets new ideas for a
song, he records them on his phone. i wonder how many hits are still sitting in your iphone? >> i don't know. i don't know. one of the songs on the new album is called "kiss of venus" and i got the beginning of it, "kikiss of venus," and i thought, i'll record it and finish it some day. and then i said to myself, no, what have you got? you haven't got anything on. sit here and finish that bloody song. >> reporter: it turns out in lockdown paul mccartney produced not just a record, but a reminder for the rest of us, which, no surprise, he put to music. ♪ seize the day ♪ seize the day ♪ ♪ seize the day
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