Paul McCartney says that his new marriage to Nancy Shevell is the reason for the positive spin on his upcoming album, New. The album, which is the former Beatle's 24th mainstream solo studio set, will be released on October 15th, and reflects McCartney at ease after a turbulent and ill-fated marriage -- followed by a very public split from second wife, Heather Mills.
McCartney, who married Shevell on John Lennon's 71st birthday -- October 9th, 2011 -- told NME.com that New spotlights a good time for him: "This is a happy period in my life, having a new woman -- so you get new songs when you get a new woman. But in actual fact there is a lot of sadness mixed in on the record -- the more you listen to it you'll find pain getting changed to laughter -- there is quite an undercurrent of that. But generally I'm having a good time so I hope that's made it onto the record."
McCartney who's enlisted the help of some of the hottest young rock and pop producers for the set -- Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Ethan Johns, and George Martin's son Giles Martin -- explained that he needed the producers to be honest with him to get the best possible results: "I say 'tell me if you don't like it or I'm doing it lousy' and I will refer to them and say 'was that any good?' So they do have a voice and I encourage the voice. I say 'please don't be frightened just because I've done that or I've done that, don't worry about it let's just start fresh and you tell me.'"
When asked if any of the producers could challenge him as much as John Lennon did, McCartney said: "No. We were just kids that had grown up together, so any of the guys in the Beatles just could tell each other 'I don't like that' and then it meant it had to go."
Paul McCartney maintains that the loss of writing with John Lennon when the Beatles split was an insurmountable hurdle for his future works: "You can't deny when you lose someone like John. You can't just get on and say, 'Well, it wasn't that big a deal.' You really can't, it's just stupid."
McCartney says that throughout his life, whether it be while mourning the loss of his mother when he was 14, the murder of Lennon in 1980, or most recently during the breakup of his second marriage, music has been a constant positive outlet for him: "I think one of the great things is that music is a great healer. And it's a great therapy, and often when you're going through something difficult, and as you can imagine without me laying too fine a point -- this last year's been pretty difficult -- to get into your music is a great thing. So I think the last couple of years, I've been very glad that to have my music. And I think consequently I've just been putting stuff into it that seems to have added up to something."
Paul McCartney will appear live on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon tonight (Monday, October 7th).