Ringo Starr defies the stereotype of old people as curmudgeons. Y Not, his first self-produced album, is relentlessly upbeat and marks a confidence in his solo abilities.
The former Beatles drummer will be 70 this year - 2010 also marks 40 years since the Beatles split. Starr was the least lauded of the Fab Four, yet he is clearly warm about the past. Y Not name-checks Beatles track Love Me Tender and John Lennon's bed-in in Peace Dream. Starr shares Lennon's pacifist outlook urging listeners that there's 'no need for war no more'. He's joined by former bandmate Paul McCartney on bass and again to good effect on vocals for the gentle Walk With You.
The track Time sums up Starr's philosophy when he sings 'this is the best day of your life'. Although the album breaks no new musical ground, it's a hard heart that wouldn't be softened by this grandad's humanitarian take on life.