Just when you thought Paul McCartney was unredeemably old school comes the news that the former Beatle has teamed with award-winning surf filmmaker Jack McCoy to create a music video for a previously unreleased track titled "Blue Sway," that will be on both the bonus audio and DVD included with McCartney's upcoming disc McCartney II. Written almost 20 years ago, it's a jazzy, symphonic dreamscape that sounds like it belongs on a movie soundtrack, with very few lyrics and instead studded with some uncharacteristic moans and groans that seem a little unseemly for Sir Paul.
But no matter, the 5:14 minute video is distracting enough to make you forget Paul's moans. Using a high-powered underwater jet ski, the filmmaker was able to travel behind a wave, creating a flurry of undulating turbulent water that makes you feel like you're drowning in the azure blue.
So where did the light bulb go off for McCartney to use a surfing auteur to make his next video?
It seems when McCoy was working on one of his surfing masterpieces, A Deeper Shade of Blue, he put one of his surfing sequences to a song from McCartney's Fireman album. Chris Thomas, a mutual friend, happened to see the footage while visiting McCoy in Australia and convinced him to let him take a copy back to the UK for Paul. "Paul was pretty stoked with what I'd created. He immediately thought my images might be suitable to go with his unreleased song 'Blue Sway' and asked if I would like to have a listen. When I heard it, I started dancing around the room because I could imagine editing my shots to the song," said McCoy.
McCoy spent the next six weeks creating the music video, while also working full days on making A Deeper Shade of Blue. McCoy compiled and edited footage that he filmed off Tahiti's Teahupoo reef to create what became the "Blue Sway" video. The final result was magic. "When I saw Jack McCoy's underwater surfing footage put to the soundtrack of 'Blue Sway' I was blown away," said McCartney.
He wasn't the only one. "Blue Sway" won "Best Music Video" at NYC BE FILM Short Festival this past May, and will be featured as part of Surfrider Foundation's summer PSA campaign. Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves, and beaches.