Paul McCartney says his parents played a big role in his songwriting. McCartney discussed his songwriting in a series of insights to go along with his exhibit at the British Museum in conjunction with the publication of his new book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present.
McCartney said, "Thinking about songs that I've written at every stage of my career, I came to realize that my parents, Jim and Mary McCartney, were the original inspiration for so much that I've written.”
McCartney also talked about songwriting, saying:
"I write wherever. I can write on tour. It's really when I've got some time off and I'm not gonna fill it with like doing hobbies and things and I've just got some time to fill. So it could be at home, it can be on holiday, it can be anywhere really. It's wherever I've got a piano or a guitar. You know I don't really set myself, 'Okay, this week I'm going to write.'"
[Source: Classic Hits Today]