Former Beatles member Paul McCartney has responded to the current coronavirus pandemic in the only way he knows how to deal with a crisis; turn his attention to music.
McCartney, who recently announced the release of his brand new album, McCartney III, which arrives on December 18th, explained that he converted his current situation into a “rockdown” in order to keep himself going during the period on isolation.
The forthcoming project arrives as McCartney’s first album since 2018 effort Egypt Station and sees him finally complete the trilogy of records which began with his debut solo album, McCartney, in 1970. He then followed it up a decade later with 1980 effort McCartney II. The iconic musician recorded both previous albums at his home studio and featured additional vocals from his late wife Linda, who passed away in 1998. Now, Macca has confirmed the final effort in the trilogy.
“Well, I am an optimist,” McCartney said during a new interview with The Sunday Times in regards to the current situation. “Generally speaking I do believe things are good, and we screw them up. In fact, a lot of people during lockdown would say, ‘Oh God!’ And I’d say, ‘Yes, but there’s a silver lining.’ It was a phrase I used a lot. I was loath to say it because a lot of people had it bad, but suddenly we saw more of the family than ever, and I was able to do recordings. That was my silver lining.”
Adding: “It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking things are bad and getting worse. Which, I don’t know, may be true, but I know I’d then be bummed out by that, so I say to myself, ‘Well, it’s not that bad. Think about the other day. That was good!’ I am always trying to find the good in things.”
His new album will be his eighteenth solo release, which he recorded and self-produced on his farm during the lockdown. “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day,” McCartney previously said in a statement confirming the release.
“I think it’s similar [to ‘McCartney’ – thematically]. It’s to do with freedom and love,” McCartney said. There’s a varied lot of feelings on it, but I didn’t set out for it to all be like, ‘This is how I feel at this moment.’ The old themes are there, of love and optimism. ‘Seize the Day’ – it’s me. That’s the truth,” he added.
McCartney also opened up about an illness that he suffered at the start of the year in Japan which resulted in doctors advising him to take up to six weeks off, which he thought he’d find difficult. “I like doing stuff, I must say. I like the idea of, ‘Ooh, I can do that.’
“All my mates said, ‘You’re never going to be able to stand that,’ but in actual fact I loved it. I think I read every book, every script, watched every bit of telly I’d missed – I surprised myself that I actually enjoyed it,” he concluded.
McCartney III is due to be officially release on December 18, 2020.