Which song was a piano exercise featuring a dog?
When I taught myself piano I liked to see how far I could go, and this started life almost as a piece you’d learn as a piano lesson. It’s quite hard for me to play, it’s a two-handed thing, like a little set piece .... I wrote it as that, something a bit more complex for me to play’
Paul McCartney Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
Paul dabbled with the piano since early childhood when he listened to his father play in the family living room. As with every other instrument, he did not use sheet music but learned by exploration and experimentation.
While he lodged with the Asher family, (1964/66) he began devising his own exercises. One of these would end up on The Beatles - better known as the White Album
Then while I was blocking out words – you just mouth out sounds and some things come – I found the words ‘Martha my dear’.
Many assumed that 'Martha' was Jane Asher. Others suspected it was one of the other glamorous young women who had been romantically associated with England's most eligible bachelor.
They were all wrong. Martha was in fact a 'dear pet', a sheepdog puppy he acquired when he moved out of the Asher family home .