My Valentine

It’s one of many higher singles by McCartney on this century: the piano ballad My Valentine. Written on Valentines Day in 2011 and launched a 12 months later because the main single of the jazz album Kisses On The Backside.

My Valentine is likely one of the two new McCartney songs on Kisses On The Backside, the 2012 album consisting primarily of covers from The American Songbook. It’s due to this fact not shocking that My Valentine has the identical jazz really feel as the remainder of the CD. McCartney didn’t write many jazzy songs, only a handful. Suicide is an early effort from his early years, as soon as provided to Frank Sinatra, but it surely was by no means formally launched. Then there’s Distractions, from Flowers In The Grime, and Child’s Request, from the final Wings album Again To The Egg. Child’s Request is the one personal cowl that additionally might be discovered on Kisses On The Backside.

Macca wrote My Valentine, an easy love tune, whereas on vacation with Nancy, his then fiancée. The title refers on to the date on which it’s written: Valentine’s Day. The lyrics are impressed by a brief dialog the couple had concerning the persevering with dangerous climate:

We had been having a pleasant vacation but it surely was raining reasonably rather a lot. I stated, ‘A pity it is raining’ and she or he stated ‘It does not matter, we are able to nonetheless have time.’ And I am like that, too, I do not thoughts in any respect.

Video: My Valentine


One other supply of inspiration was the Irish pianist on the lodge, who managed to entertain the company with previous songs from the time of Paul’s father, the identical style that was the supply for Kisses On The Backside. He tried to seize the identical temper when writing the tune:

So there was an previous piano, barely out of tune, within the lobby of the lodge. And there was this beautiful Irish man who knew a lot previous stuff, actually deep stuff like Stunning Dreamer, If You Have been The Solely Woman In The World… Once more, stuff from my Dad’s period. I used to get pleasure from listening to him within the evenings and he put me in thoughts of that style. One afternoon, when it was raining, I used to be in that lobby, and with out anybody noticing besides a few waiters who had been cleansing up, I sat on the piano and began knocking round with this little tune, form of within the model that I knew he performed in: ‘What if it rained? We did not care. She stated that some day quickly the solar was gonna shine…’ And there was my Irish buddy sitting behind me, he’d been listening to me on a regular basis: ‘Ah that is nice!’ A pleasant little vote of confidence within the tune.”

The tune is accompanied by an ideal music video, one of many higher from McCartney’s profession and the primary one he directed himself. Within the fashionable black and white video, the actors Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp portraying the lyrics in signal language. Though, they made a couple of errors. Deaf music followers famous that each actors made some unlucky errors with their translations. Depp makes the gesture for the phrase “enemy” whereas making an attempt “valentine” and each he and Portman make the movement for the phrase “tampon” as an alternative of the phrase “seem.”
The concept for the video got here from daughter Stella:

I wasn’t positive that I wished to do the massive, million greenback music video factor,” McCartney defined about his hesitation to movie a big-budget manufacturing. ”Stella advised that I do one thing actually easy. ‘You already know Natalie,’ she stated. ‘Ring Natalie up and simply ask her if she’s going to signal to your tune.‘ She agreed after which I spotted that I wanted [another person] so I requested Johnny and he was sort sufficient to conform to do it. Per week after Stella had talked about the concept, I used to be again right here in L.A. filming it with the good cinematographer Wally Pfister.

Video: Making of My Valentine


Within the video Johnny Depp additionally performs the guitar solo. He did this so nicely throughout the filming classes that McCartney determined to switch the unique, so Depp might be heard as nicely.
The unique solo was performed by Eric Clapton. That marked the primary collaboration between McCartney and Clapton within the studio since recording The Beatles’ Whereas My Guitar Gently Wheeps in 1968.

Later in 2012, with the discharge of the stay model of Kisses On The Backside, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh takes the solo half on his behalf. And since its launch My Valentine has develop into a everlasting a part of McCartney’s stay setlist, in a extra ‘pop’ model. 

Video: My Valentine (Dwell Kisses)