Paul is a great artist. Great artists don't seem to stop their "art" at retirement age, because it's not really a job, it's an expression of who they've been all their life. Don't see Paul stopping expressing who he has been most of his life. Paul is "the" music man and don't see that stopping, he continually expands (for example It's A Wonderful Life). He will always be music somehow.
Never said he would not continue to write music and maybe record a new album, believe I said that in earlier post. I am talking about touring and doing close to 3 hr concerts. Even if he cut shows down to 1 1/2 hrs that is still a lot for a man who will be 80 fairly soon. He is not like Ringo and has other people play a song or two from his band.
Couldn't agree with Yankeefan more. Contrary to most of the aging Rock/Pop music artists from the 60's and 70's that are still around, Paul can still write excellent songs in a variety of genres and in many cases with better lyrics than many of his Post Beatles' songs from the 70's. I look at albums like Flaming Pie, Chaos, Memory Almost Full, New, Egypt Station etc. and his ability to write good to great songs is still plenty there. Conversely, the excitement of his live shows has long since waned. Part of this is due to his current tour voice and the sameness of his shows. I know that there are some that will disagree with me but there are not many bigger fans of Mr. McCartney than myself.
Selfishly thinking, I would much rather Paul use his time writing a couple of new albums, new singles, songs for movies or as Yankeefan said, his new music for "It's a Wonderful Life". I would rather Paul save his voice and sing in perfect, studio conditions rather than continue to destroy his voice with these long, grueling tours. While his current voice isn't close to his vocals from 20, 30 or 40 years ago, I thought his "older voice" on Egypt Station for the most part was very good. I personnally thought that Paul's chemistry with Greg Kurstin (the overwhelming main producer for Egypt Station) proved that Paul can still create a great album. I would prefer that Paul continues to work with Greg rather than putting so much time on tours.
Hopefully all of us will be able to travel again after this terrible virus ends. I hope the same for Paul. Since Paul seems to draw so much of his music inspiration from travel, I wish for Paul many more years of travelling and more inspiration for great songs. He should enjoy himself with Nancy and see new things for many more years.