“We were writing songs that were memorable because we had to remember them.” – Macca
This is just a brief advisory note to let you know that there is a cool new limited series on Hulu called McCartney 3,2,1. (Personally, I would have called it McCartney 1,2,3,4!) It is, for whatever reason, filmed in black and white and if cinematographer Gordon Willis who did Manhattan was still amongst us, I’d swear it was his work.
This is essentially just two people – a producer and a musician – sitting down and talking about the latter’s work. They listen to songs from The Beatles and McCartney’s solo career, bringing the bass up here, dialing the vocals in there.
Sometimes McCartney jumps on the piano and explains how he learned to play it or picks up the guitar. All the while, Rubin reacts to every lick, every lyric, every fart as if it is Moses coming down with The Ten Commandments. (I am every bit of a Beatle fan as Rubin is but not every happy accident is genius.)
The series runs for six 1/2 hour episodes and is only occasionally marred by Paul’s ego when he talks about his bass playing as if that were the only thing that mattered in a given song. Interestingly, he talks about making Band on the Run in Nigeria where he went to see Fela Kuti – about whom we were just talking on Aphoristical’s site – whose music was so good it made him cry.
Anyway, if you are the kind of person who still wears your Beatle wig, carries a Beatle lunch box, and wears go-go boots, please get professional help. For the rest of you, if you dig seeing inside the creative process from a guy who lived it, this series is worth checking out.