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Paul McCartney ‘Really Came Through’ for ‘Arctic 3D’


IMAX moviegoers who see Greg and Shaun MacGillivray’s spectacular new “To the Arctic 3D” not only have breathtaking visual treats in store, but some musical ones as well. Paul McCartney songs are used in the movie, and according to producer Shaun, “He really came through for us. This is the first time that he ever sent out his original recordings, done on 48 tracks, to have them mixed in a way that he doesn’t control completely. Our composer was able to get those tracks and mix them beautifully for the six-channel IMAX system. Of course, when McCartney mixed them, they were all for two-channel. He saw the wisdom of remixing for the magnificent sound in IMAX theaters.”

Considering McCartney’s well-known love of critters and ecology-mindedness, it’s not surprising that he’d do his bit for the MacGillivrays. Greg is the two-time Oscar nominee whose films include “Everest,” “The Living Sea” and “Dolphins.” Shaun’s credits include “Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk.” And their history of supporting nature extends to educational outreach and much more.

The “Arctic 3D” film’s central focus is an extraordinarily cooperative polar bear mother and her cubs, but the movie also shows what’s happening as the ice melts up North. MacGillivray Sr. insists there is hope to restore the Arctic.

“Of course I have to admit that I’m an optimist, always, and I think when people are given the choice between two options, they’ll choose the one that is better for humanity. In the case of the Arctic, obviously the choices that we can make that will help are in the area of conserving energy — at home, by turning off the lights, and at the pump, by driving more fuel efficient cars. Conserving energy in all ways. People will save money by doing so as well, so it’s a double win for everyone. You can always make things change,” he continues. “There are wonderful success stories — the anti-littering campaigns, the ozone layer — all kinds of conservation efforts that have changed the world.”

Paul McCartney Film Recalls Post-9/11 Unity, and Magic of Music

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Paul McCartney’s “The Love We Make,” debuting tonight  (9/10) on Showtime, does more  than capture the music icon’s journey of a decade ago — from being grounded on the tarmac on Sept. 11, to spearheading the memorable Concert for New York in Madison Square Garden the next month.   It also brings back the feelings of unity and of caring people striving together toward healing that became the best part of those dark days

Directed by the legendary rock documentarian  Albert Maysles, the film also includes concert performances and backstage encounters.

McCartney recently recalled that by the time he took to that stage — along with David Bowie, Elton John, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and many others — he could almost feel “We were emerging from the fearfulness of the immediate impact” of the terror attacks.  “And now you were seeing the emotion releasing through music, which I always think is a great thing.  It’s one of the reasons I love music and I’m in it.  You could see, particularly the firefighters and the volunteers and their families, and the victims’ families were able to release this emotion that has been so sort of pent up.  It was a really great feeling.  We actually felt like we were doing a bit of good.”

Speaking before a rapt audience of critics, McCartney went from chatting about his first visit to NYC — when Beatles fans sounded like “a billion seagulls screaming” at their landmark Shea stadium concert — to recalling how he wrote “Let It Be” after dreaming of his mother saying those words.  He then enthralled listeners as he shared his views on the transformative, healing power of  music:

“I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s magical,” he declared.  “You know, there’s so much — what is it Shakespeare said, ‘There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio, than are dreampt of in your philosophy.’  There’s so much that we don’t know about.  When you get down to the scientific thing about music, it’s vibrations.  And you can actually measure them….The fact that it’s vibrations working on people, I think that’s part of the answer.”

McCartney believes science will eventually provide information as to the impact of music on the human body and psyche, “but the fact remains that whether or not we discover how it works, it works.  It can bring you to tears, it can make you smile, it can make you flash back to a memory.  People often say to me, ‘Thank-you for the music.  You know it’s the soundtrack of my life.’ … I think the first word I used is what I’ll end up saying:  it’s a magical thing.  And I do mean that.  Do you believe in magic, really?  I do.  I have to.

“For instance, just a story to quickly sum up:  One of my most famous songs is ‘Yesterday.’  And like ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Yesterday’ came to me in a dream,” he went on.  “But this time, it wasn’t just my mom saying a phrase.  This time it was a whole tune in my head.  I have no idea where it came from…This song that was to become very famous throughout the world — I just dreamed it.  So there’s no way out of it for me — I have to believe that’s magical.”