Letter to Paul McCartney

Hi everybody - This is the letter I am sending to Paul McCartney. I figure it has as much a chance of Paul seeing it here as it does of making it past his gatekeepers. Will keep you posted!

Dear Sir Paul: 

I’m getting caught up on my correspondence and realized that I never received a response to the letter and handmade poetry/doodle book I sent to The Beatles 51 years ago.   

In an effort to bring you up-to-date, I learned to stop screaming at your shows after the first time I saw The Beatles at the Cow Palace in San Francisco and realized that none of you were going to stop playing, scream my name back at me, stop the concert, invite me backstage, or hug me to death. Also, I couldn’t hear a note through the din of all those other hussies in the audience. 

I next had the sort of pleasure of being in a seat very close to the field when The Beatles played their last show at Candlestick Park.  This time I was not screaming, just breathlessly waiting to be transported by your music. Then, there you all were:  being escorted out to a no man’s land on the field, completely separated from your audience. In retrospect, it was so sad that it had come to that.  None of us knew then that it would be the last Beatles concert for us.

Lots of water under the bridge since then.  Many more concerts where the sound was superb, and Sir Paul McCartney and his music delivered inspiration, provided an education on fine musicianship and showmanship, and was just a ton of fun. Of course, your own closing concert at the Stick definitely showed how far concert production, from every aspect, has come in the intervening years.  Thanks for getting the ball rolling on that so many years ago! 

I guess I could say it is your fault I am still making music myself after all these years.  The Beatles planted the seed.  Of course, back in those days, music wasn’t really the seed I wanted planted, but it has worked out much better this way for all of us, I’m sure!   

Today, my husband Henry and I write and perform as The Flying Salvias and have produced a few CDs over the past 20+ years.  We call it “Ameri-kinda” music. Besides that, we both leave behind a trail strewn with old publicity shots and band recordings from country to heavy metal.  

We’re not sending you our music, a video, or asking you to produce our next record.  (Not that we don’t want you to!)  However, I would be really stupid not to point out the website and contact information provided here just in case you get curious or want to send comps and all access passes to your next show.  

With thanks for your music and for the positive energy you have put into this world, 

Kathleen Salvia

5 comments

  • Dave Holt

    Dave Holt Concord, CA

    I wanted to join and become the 5th Beatle, still in high school (1966). They did not have an actual keyboard player (both John and Paul played a little), but my hopes were permanently dashed when Billy Preston was hired in 1969.

    I wanted to join and become the 5th Beatle, still in high school (1966). They did not have an actual keyboard player (both John and Paul played a little), but my hopes were permanently dashed when Billy Preston was hired in 1969.

  • Kathleen Salvia

    Kathleen Salvia Brisbane, CA

    I remember seeing Billy playing at Winterland. He literally flipped his wig. It fell off and he twirled it "round in circles".

    I remember seeing Billy playing at Winterland. He literally flipped his wig. It fell off and he twirled it "round in circles".

  • Olivia and Maddie Wilson

    Olivia and Maddie Wilson Melbourne

    Dear Sir Paul McCartney from my 9 year old sister and me who is 13. I am Olivia. We were so delighted you came last December to Melbourne. My 9 year old sister and I went with my mum and dad and think you are fab. My mum and dad are taking us to London mid next year and hope to see the Abbey Road Studios, Savil Row as we both love when you did the concert on the roof. We hope to get to Matthew street and Albert Docks if mum and dad can get us there. Your songs and energy has even filtered down to my school friends. While we love Lady Gaga, Mark Johnson, Bruno Mars, Lennon, McCartneyHarrison and Star are played daily. I am Olivia and I have started playing the acoustic guitar and recently got an electric guitar for Christmas. I love to play “gently weeps”, baby in black, money, let it be, hey Jude and my favourite “I’ve got a feeling”. My youngest sister Maddie knows all the albums from the Beatles to wings. You certainly are number one in our house!!! We do hope to see you here again, Livi and Maddie. Ps we saw Ringo and you do a fab version of get back a few days ago. That was so cool. Anyway I had better get off dad’s work phone. See you soon Olivia and Madeline We can be concted at pjwilson@swin.edu.au if you have time Xox O&M

    Dear Sir Paul McCartney from my 9 year old sister and me who is 13. I am Olivia.
    We were so delighted you came last December to Melbourne. My 9 year old sister and I went with my mum and dad and think you are fab. My mum and dad are taking us to London mid next year and hope to see the Abbey Road Studios, Savil Row as we both love when you did the concert on the roof. We hope to get to Matthew street and Albert Docks if mum and dad can get us there. Your songs and energy has even filtered down to my school friends. While we love Lady Gaga, Mark Johnson, Bruno Mars, Lennon, McCartneyHarrison and Star are played daily. I am Olivia and I have started playing the acoustic guitar and recently got an electric guitar for Christmas. I love to play “gently weeps”, baby in black, money, let it be, hey Jude and my favourite “I’ve got a feeling”. My youngest sister Maddie knows all the albums from the Beatles to wings. You certainly are number one in our house!!! We do hope to see you here again, Livi and Maddie.
    Ps we saw Ringo and you do a fab version of get back a few days ago. That was so cool. Anyway I had better get off dad’s work phone. See you soon Olivia and Madeline
    We can be concted at pjwilson@swin.edu.au if you have time
    Xox O&M

  • Flying Salvias

    Flying Salvias

    Dear Olivia - Let us know if he answers!

    Dear Olivia - Let us know if he answers!

  • Joseph Locher

    Joseph Locher Seattle,wa

    Hi Paul, I saw a video recently of you motoring hetherto and yon with a current TV. Show host. I was so warmed by the complete solidatity between you, him, fans. Good show man. I have been a rock drumner, vocals and keyboards since the mid-70's. It had become my philosophy that the difference between a great musician and a musician of legacy is one of humility. I cannot help but feel it is my duty to offer friendship, solidarity and kindness to my fellow musicians. I wish to play with everybody and have fun. Lately I have experienced less than fellowship among others. My hope is to change the vibe by setting a good tone . One can only change themself. I see this in fellows such as yourself. The spirit is working through us all. It is good to know that even when the song is over the feeling is just starting to chorus. I really empathize with you regarding relationships with other musicians. Alas, we musicians are psychologically challenged. And that my friend is our excuse. Best to you, Joe locher

    Hi Paul, I saw a video recently of you motoring hetherto and yon with a current TV. Show host. I was so warmed by the complete solidatity between you, him, fans. Good show man. I have been a rock drumner, vocals and keyboards since the mid-70's.
    It had become my philosophy that the difference between a great musician and a musician of legacy is one of humility. I cannot help but feel it is my duty to offer friendship, solidarity and kindness to my fellow musicians. I wish to play with everybody and have fun.
    Lately I have experienced less than fellowship among others. My hope is to change the vibe by setting a good tone . One can only change themself. I see this in fellows such as yourself. The spirit is working through us all. It is good to know that even when the song is over the feeling is just starting to chorus. I really empathize with you regarding relationships with other musicians. Alas, we musicians are psychologically challenged. And that my friend is our excuse. Best to you, Joe locher

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