Paul McCartney Crashes Princeton University Songwriting Class
I used to get mad at my school-the teachers that taught me weren’t cool: because they weren’t a Beatle.
Princeton University upped their “cool” quotient with a virtual visit from Sir Paul McCartney, who dropped in to the New Jersey Ivy League school’s songwriting workshop to critique the works of 33 students, according to The Daily Princeton.
Princeton Professor Paul Muldoon was 30-minutes into his lecture when he announced to the class that a “‘test student” would be joining the discussion. The class was stunned to learn that the O-level whiz kid, otherwise known as McCartney, appeared on screen.
“At first his camera was off and all we heard was a distant British voice,” said student Liam Seely.
When the professor asked which student wanted to go first for critques, the classroom was flustered.
“I think some people stayed in shock for the rest of the two hours,” laughed student Remy Raya.
So what wisdom did the LIverpool Institute alum share?
“He gave criticism, but he very much treated them [our songs] as works in progress — citing lines that he found powerful and moving verses to the top,” Seely said.
Added Professor Muldoon–who is working on a secret project with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer-“He was clearly absolutely determined to be helpful. It turns out that Paul McCartney is a natural educator…One of the things few people might realize about him is that he is quite likely to have been a teacher had he not become a rock star.”
McCartney’s new record, McCartney III, is available now.