Sunday, October 14, 2012

Paul McCartney interview 1968


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Paul during his 1968 interview.




In this 1968 BBC interview, Paul talks about what the Beatles are really all about and their importance in the grand scheme of things. Includes a few rare clips of the band in the studio. If you can't think of which interview is off the top of your head, it's the one where he wears the canary-yellow suit. I may be wrong, but I don't think that Paul ever did that again.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Back Seat of my Car


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Apple Records released "Back Seat of My Car" in the United Kingdom.




Paul McCartney wrote "The Back Seat of My Car" in early 1969 for a film project that the Beatles were considering. As such, it was part of the "Let It Be" sessions that surfaced a year later. However, the Beatles had a lot of fine material to clear on their final album, and "The Back Seat of My Car" didn't make the cut.

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So, rather than let a good song go to waste, Paul simply put it on his own album, "Ram," released on 13 August 1971 (the United Kingdom only). This is another of Paul's songs that has a soft, melodic pace along with some nice orchestration by the New York Philharmonic. "Back Seat of My Car" has a George Martin feel to it, but Paul and Linda are credited as producers. Paul has said:
"Back Seat of My Car" is the ultimate teenage song, and even though it was a long time since I was a teenager and had to go to a girl's dad and explain myself, it's that kind of meet-the-parents song. It's a good old driving song. [Sings] "We can make it to Mexico City." I've never driven to Mexico City, but it's imagination. And obviously "back seat" is snogging, making love.
While John Lennon took offense to the song as a sort of veiled attack on him, it seems more reflective of Paul's own infatuation with Linda McCartney. In any event, it is a pretty song and very underrated, but enjoyed more by music critics than by the public. Released as a single in the UK only, "Back Seat of My Car" topped out only at No. 39 during a low period for McCartney on the charts. Paul appears to have completely forgotten "Back Seat of My Car" and never plays it at concerts.

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Too Many People


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"Too Many People" is a Paul McCartney album track off of "Ram" and was used as the B side of the "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" single. This is one of Paul's controversial songs of the early 1970s when he was working off of a lot of anger from the Beatles breakup and indecision about how much to sing in support of various anti-establishment influences of the time.

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Paul later said about "Too Many People":
I was looking at my second solo album, Ram, the other day and I remember there was one tiny little reference to John in the whole thing. He'd been doing a lot of preaching, and it got up my nose a little bit. In one song, I wrote, "Too many people preaching practices", I think is the line. I mean, that was a little dig at John and Yoko. There wasn't anything else on it that was about them. Oh, there was "You took your lucky break and broke it in two."
Naturally, some think the entire song is directed at Lennon, especially since the very first two words are "Piss off." One can interpret the album's title, "Ram," as Paul giving John the horns. But then, it may just refer to... a ram.

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 It's amusing to reflect that Paul got a lot of flack upon release of  "Ram," especially some snide comments from his former bandmates. It generally was rated a lot lower than albums from the other former Beatles around this time.

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Over time, Ram's reputation has grown to the point that many think this is among Paul's best work. However, there are a lot of tracks on it that are quite good but largely forgotten due to the popularity of much of Paul's other work. "Too Many People" is one of them.


2018

Bluebird


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"Bluebird" is an album track off of Paul McCartney and Wings' "Band on the Run." It appeared as the B-side of the "Mrs. Vanderbilt" single in continental Europe. As with many of Paul's songs, its creation is lost in murkiness, with some sources claiming it was written during a Jamaica vacation, other sources stating it was written long before that vacation. Most agree that "Bluebird" is a post-Beatles composition, probably in 1971.

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Paul has a certain fondness for "Bluebird." He recorded a version in 1980 with Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English to include with his apology to Japanese fans for his drug bust that January which prevented him from appearing there. Paul also sang it on his "Wings Over the World" tour in the 1970s, gathering Denny, Linda, and the other into a circle on stage and making it a bit of a sing-a-long. While Paul later added others to Wings, at the time of "Bluebird" the group was down to Paul, Linda, and Denny Laine, so they are the three that appear on the single sleeves.

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Listening to tracks like this really hammers home how important Linda was to the Wings sound. Maybe not the most polished singer, but Linda did contribute.


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LATE AT NIGHT WHEN THE WIND IS STILL
I'LL COME FLYING THROUGH YOUR DOOR.
AND YOU'LL KNOW WHAT LOVE IS FOR,
I'M A BLUEBIRD,
I'M A BLUEBIRD, I'M A BLUEBIRD, I'M A BLUEBIRD, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.
I'M A BLUEBIRD, I'M A BLUEBIRD, I'M A BLUEBIRD, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

TOUCH YOUR LIPS WITH A MAGIC KISS
AND YOU'LL BE A BLUEBIRD TOO.
AND YOU'LL KNOW WHAT LOVE CAN DO.
I'M A BLUEBIRD,
I'M A BLUEBIRD, I'M A BLUEBIRD, I'M A BLUEBIRD, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.
I'M A BLUEBIRD, I'M A BLUEBIRD, I'M A BLUEBIRD, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

BLUEBIRD, (bluebird) AH HA,
BLUEBIRD, (bluebird) AH HA,
BLUEBIRD, (bluebird) AH AH AH.

FLY AWAY THROUGH THE MIDNIGHT AIR
AS WE HEAD ACROSS THE SEA.
AND AT LAST WE WILL BE FREE.
YOU'RE A BLUEBIRD,
YOU'RE A BLUEBIRD, YOU'RE A BLUEBIRD, YOU'RE A BLUEBIRD, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.
YOU'RE A BLUEBIRD, YOU'RE A BLUEBIRD, YOU'RE A BLUEBIRD, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

AT LAST WE WILL BE FREE,
BLUEBIRD, LIKE ME,
AT LAST WE WILL BE FREE.

ALL ALONE ON A DESERT ISLAND
WE'RE LIVING IN THE TREES.
AND WE'RE FLYING IN THE BREEZE.
WE'RE THE BLUEBIRDS, WE'RE THE BLUEBIRDS,
WE'RE THE BLUEBIRDS, WE'RE THE BLUEBIRDS.

SINGING:
BLUEBIRD, (bluebird, bluebird) AH HA

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2018

Some People Never Know


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Paul and Linda McCartney in the early 1970s, during his "nature boy" phase.



"Some People Never Know" is an album track on "Wild Life," the debut album of Wings. "Wild Life" was released on 7 December 1971 and was met by indifference by most of the record-buying audience. The album peaked at No. 10 in the United States and No. 11 in the United Kingdom, easily the worst performance for a Paul McCartney studio album until "Press to Play" in 1986. Paul recorded this at home as a demo for "Ram" in May-August 1970, but it didn't make the cut for "Ram." It did, however, find a place on "Wild Life."

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There are nice harmonies on "Some People Never Know." If performed by a less legendary figure, this would be a well-remembered, if somewhat bland, tune. For Paul McCartney, it is nothing special, and basically has disappeared except for pressings of "Wild Life." Paul and Wings played it in ten concerts in 1972, and then it disappeared forever. Of course, "Wild Life" itself is largely forgotten except for Wings completists, but it is a solid album that just needs a little more energy. The line-up of the group at this time was Paul, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, and Denny Seiwell on drums and percussion.



No one else will ever see how much faith you have in me,
Only fools would disagree that it's so,
Some people never know.

Like a fool I'm far away,
Ev'ry night I hope and pray
I'll be coming home to stay and it's so
Some people never know.

Some people can sleep at night time,
Believing that love is a lie.
I'm only a person like you, love,
And who in the world can be right
All the right time,
I know I was wrong,
Make me right, right.

Only love can stand the test,
Only you outshine the rest,
Only fools take second best, and it's so,
Some people never know

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2018

Bip Bop


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Paul and Linda McCartney sing "Bip Bop."



"Bip Bop" is an album track off of Paul McCartney and Wings' first album in 1971, "Wild Life." It is kind of a throw-away song, though, as with just about any Paul song, there are those who claim this is one of his top compositions. "Wild Life" is a fun album, not full of big hits but with interesting sounds. It is Paul's "forgotten album," if that is possible with such a legendary figure.

The grainy music video for "Bip Bop" - not intended as a "music video" as we know them now, but simply recorded as a promotional film - was recorded in the garden of Paul's Scotland home circa June 1971. The bluegrass-styled "Bip Bop" features Paul and Linda, with Linda's daughter Mary giggling in the background.


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2018

Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)





"Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)" is a classic album track off of "Band on the Run." It was one of those rare songs that resulted from a bit of a dare. Another famous example of this sort of "inspiration" was the 1968 song "Mony Mony" by Tommy James and the Shondells. The story with that one goes (there are several different versions of this story) is that someone dared Tommy James to write a song about the first thing that he saw after they left lunch. Well, he got out into the street and saw a sign for a bank, Mutual of New York. So, James wrote "Mony Mony," which became another in a string of hits for him. This probably an apocryphal story, at least in part - but it's a good story.



Anyway, the story behind "Picasso's Last Words" is something along those lines. Paul McCartney later recounted:
On one of our Jamaican holidays we had heard that Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen were around, shooting the film Papillon. We were invited to visit the set and Dustin asked us back to his house for dinner. He was asking me how I write songs; I explained that I just make them up. He said, Can you make up a song about anything?' I wasn't sure, but he pulled out a copy of Time, pointed to an article and said, 'Could you write a song about this? It was a quote from Picasso, from the last night of his life. Apparently, he had said to his friends, 'Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink anymore,' and then gone to bed and died in his sleep. So I picked up a guitar, started to strum and sing 'Drink to me, drink to my health...', and Dustin was shouting to his wife, 'He's doing it! He's doing it! Come and listen!' It's something that comes naturally to me but he was blown away by it. And that song became Picasso’s Last Words.
Dustin Hoffman himself has verified that this was the genesis of "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)." However, the song is credited to Paul McCartney and Wings' sessions in Lagos, Nigeria, so exactly how much of the song came about in Jamaica and how much in Nigeria is a bit unclear. "Picasso's Last Words" itself was recorded at former Cream drummer Ginger Baker's home studio in Ikeja, Nigeria. You can hear Baker banging a tin can full of gravel in the background.



2018

Mamunia


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"Mamunia" is an album track on Paul McCartney and Wings' "Band on the Run" album. It was the B-side of some copies of the successful "Jet" single released on 28 January 1974. Paul McCartney (it also is credited to Linda) wrote "Mamunia" in Marrakesh and its inspiration was the name of the hotel in which Paul was staying - "Mamounia." Paul pulled it out in Lagos, Nigeria during the recording sessions for "Band on the Run" a few months later.

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"Mamunia" is one of the most under-rated songs in the entire career of Paul McCartney. If you like light, fluffy, bouncy pop songs without much deeper meaning, it is a great listen. The music video was produced by Jim Quick in July 1974 and appeared on the 2007 video set "The McCartney Years."


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

You are My Sunshine


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Paul McCartney was in Stefano, London, UK on 7 September 1988 for a documentary. Paul breaks into an a capella rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" at the 1:09 mark of the above video. He notes afterward:
As a kid, whenever I was a bit depressed, I'd always reach out for a guitar. I still do. That's how I discovered music can heal. It can do more than just ease the pain. It can throw a lifeline to kids who can't be reached any other way. That's the power of music.
Not the best recording, but it shows Paul singing with kids, which is relatively rare for him. There also are versions of "Every Day," "Rave On," "Martin Can Sing" and "Give Me Your Love." This is a nice clip for anyone who wants to see a slightly different side of Paul beyond the big rock star who only sings his own pop music hits.



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Monday, April 23, 2012

Classic Paul Interviews.


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Paul McCartney on the BBC, 1967.

Just for something different, here are a few classic and fun Paul McCartney interviews. Paul McCartney very well may be the most interviewed person in history - at the very least, he is a contender for that title. If you look at them carefully, you can see certain patterns developing over time.

The first with Michael Parkinson, the second with a local reporter in Quebec. Paul sings some great old tunes in the first clip. It's interesting to see him without his usual band, which he didn't hire until a few years later. The second interview is from VH1 in 1995.




And here's another, from 1984, with Johnny Carson. It practically defines the word "awkward."



Next up is an interview from 1982 in which Paul discusses, among other things, the first song that he ever wrote.




Here's one from a 1967 BBC interview with Paul not looking nearly as polished as he does in his many later interviews. Paul's accent is still quite thick and he sounds a bit like John Lennon circa 1970, a bit rebellious and confined by his image and situation. These early interviews (relatively speaking) are fabulous for seeing what Paul McCartney is really all about before he learned to hide it behind the "peace and love" persona. He's obviously working hard at this time to improve, but at the same time hasn't outgrown his roots.



Below is one with Paul and Linda on a morning chat show hosted by Noel Edmonds during the promotion of "Broad Street." Kind of an awkward interview, Linda particularly seems very stiff. However, Paul gives some interesting observations about working with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. It's amazing to see how may interviewers Paul McCartney has outlasted in his career - virtually all of them, in fact.



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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Back in the USSR - Red Square


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Paul McCartney plays Red Square, 24 May 2003.



Paul McCartney performed in Red Square on 24 May 2003. Paul wrote "Back in the USSR" at the height of the Cold War as a sardonic play on the Beach Boys' "California Girls."

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The Beatles took a fair amount of heat for the seemingly pro-Soviet song, but it was a standout on the White Album and all done in fun.

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The Beatles were banned in the USSR for many years, but their music did seep across the border regardless. Often, this was at some risk to both the seller and the buyer.

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I bet that when he wrote "Back in the USSR," Paul never imagined he would get the chance to play it in Red Square.

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With the Soviet Union gone and some Russians a bit wistful about it, the meaning of "back" may have switched a bit for some listeners.

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"Back in the USSR," in fact, now may have a very different meaning for some listeners than it did in 1968. The contacts that Paul built up during this appearance in Moscow, during which he personally met with Vladimir Putin, came in handy years later when Paul helped to secure the release of some Greenpeace activists captured while interfering with whaling operations.



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Thursday, April 19, 2012

It's Not True from Press to Play


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"It's Not True" is a track from Paul McCartney's "Press to Play" that also was the B side for the "Press to Play" single. The single was a minor hit for Paul, hitting No. 21 in the United States and No. 25 in the United Kingdom. Two versions are included here for your delectation, one the final cut above, the other a rough cut demo version that is sort of a stripped-down mirror of the album track.

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"It's Not True" isn't one of my favorite McCartney recordings. It is repetitive and long at 5:35, a deadly combination. After a few minutes you may be prone to go, "Okay already, I believe you, it's not true, shut up already." However, "It's Not True" is nicely done anyway and has a nice sax part which isn't something Paul incorporates in his songs very often. It was recorded at Hog Hill Studio, Rye, the United Kingdom in March/May 1985 and released in 1986 (and reissued in 1993). "It's Not True" apparently has appeared only on its original album and various bootlegs and never been performed in concert. So, we may assume from those two facts that Paul considers "It's Not True" to be mediocre album filler without much popularity. However, inevitably, you will find someone who just loves it, so it is worth a listen - at least once.



The lineup for "It's Not True":
  • Paul McCartney: Backing vocals, Bass, Electric piano, Vocals
  • Eric Stewart: Electric guitar
  • Jerry Marotta: Drums
  • Carlos Alomar: Electric guitar
  • LaBouche: Backing vocals
  • Lenny Pickett: Saxophone
Paul produced "It's Not True" with Hugh Padgham.

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It's not true
It's not true
It's not true

Some people say she's a bad girl
Some people think she's a fool
Some people tell me she's no good
But I'm telling you, "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true"

They say that my girl's a mad girl
No saying what she might do
Some people tell me she's crazy
But I'm telling you, "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true"

It's not true
Ooh, ooh, ooh, they've been talking to the fellas
Ooh, ooh, ooh, have they never heard of jealousy?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, if she helps me write the melody
I'll let the words take care of themselves

It's not true, it's not true, it's not true

It's not true
Ooh, ooh, ooh, they've been talking to the fellas
Ooh, ooh, ooh, have they never heard of jealousy?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, if she helps me make the memories
I'll let the words take care of themselves

Some people say she's a loser
Some people tell me that she's through
Some people say I don't love her
But I'm telling you, "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true
What they're saying about her isn't true"

Don't you know it isn't true?
Oh no, no, no, no
Ooh, it isn't
Oh, it's not true

It's not true
It's not true
It's not true


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Man We Was Lonely


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"Man We Was Lonely" is an album track from Paul McCartney's first solo album, "McCartney." Paul took a lot of criticism about his 1970 first solo album, "McCartney," but who wouldn't if they were being compared to the Beatles? George Harrison and John Lennon were all too quick to criticize "McCartney." However, "Man We Was Lonely" was a fine song.

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"Man We Was Lonely" is better appreciated now, I think. Paul is in fine voice, he's not trying to prove anything and is simply being mellow, and Linda chips in some nice backing vocals. This is Paul being homespun and simple, something that John (into social issues) and George (into his own spirituality) couldn't appreciate at that time.

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Paul had this to say at the time:
The chorus ("Man We Was Lonely") was written in bed at home, shortly before we finished recording the album. The middle ("I used to ride...") was done one lunchtime in a great hurry, as we were due to record the song that afternoon. Linda sings harmony on this song, which is our first duet together. The steel-guitar sound is my Telecaster played with a drum peg.
Linda does make a fine contribution, her first.

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This sounds like it could have fit in nicely on the White Album, next to "Rocky Raccoon," "Bungalow Bill," "Martha My Dear," "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and pretty much everything else on it. It has a folksy feel that also complements Paul's later "Monkberry Moon Delight." Comparing anyone's first effort, even Paul McCartney's, on his own to another act's culminating masterpiece "Abbey Road" was completely ridiculous and petty at the time and still is.

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2018

I've Just Seen A Face Wings Live 1975


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Paul McCartney singing "I've Just Seen a Face."



"I've Just Seen a Face" is an old Beatles classic, and Paul wasn't in the habit of playing them during the 1970s. Some classic Wings, with Linda proving that she can sing without studio tricks if given the proper presentation, preparation, and material. No autotune, no isolated mic, and a difficult harmony amidst a raucous crowd, I'd say she did fine.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Valentine - featuring Natalie Portman & Johnny Depp


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"My Valentine" is a single from Paul McCartney's February 2012 "Kisses on the Bottom" album. It is an original McCartney composition, one of only two on the album (the other songs are American standards). The black-and-white music video features the second appearance by Natalie Portman in a Paul McCartney video. Apparently, Paul and she are fans, she's had dinner at his place, etc.  Johnny Depp also appears in the music video - he later appears in the "Queenie Eye" music video.

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In any event, you don't get better talent than Portman and Johnny Depp in your music video! While not a big favorite among many McCartney fans because it is another of his oft-mediocre steps outside the pop genre in which he became famous, "My Valentine" did relatively well for Paul on the charts in various countries. It peaked at No. 23 in Japan, made the Adult Contemporary Chart in the United States at No. 19, and appeared on the United Kingdom pop chart at No. 136. As usual with Paul's commercial offerings, the album did much better: "Kisses on the Bottom" peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and at number 5 on the US Billboard 200.

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2018

Blue Sway


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"Blue Sway."



Paul McCartney wrote a melody during the first "McCartney II" sessions in June/July 1979. However, Paul did not use the track and shelved it for about thirty years (when you are Paul McCartney you can shelve things for 30 years and eventually get back to them). Ho hum, another melody that went nowhere.

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Finally, McCartney decided to use the old track. In 2010, he used footage from award-winning surf filmmaker Jack McCoy to create a music video (actually, it may have been the other way around) for his previously unreleased track.

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Now, the tune is called "Blue Sway." McCoy's footage provides nice underwater imagery to accompany the easy-listening tune. The footage is shot off Tahiti's Teahupoo reef.

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McCartney released the music video on the bonus DVD included in the McCartney II album released on June 14, 2011, by MPL and Concord Music Group. "Blue Sway won "Best Music Video" at NYC BE FILM Short Festival.

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"Deeper Shade of Blue."

McCoy, for his part, included the "Blue Sway" video on his film "Deeper Shade of Blue."


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