Working with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios on the music for Bungi’s electronic game DESTINY was rewarding. Both his musicianship and humanity were refreshing. After conversations about the Beatles, family, the concerts he was doing, USC football, various Beatles songs, Paul put his arm around me and told my composer friends Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori “We’re mates!” I admire this man for more than his music. He loves people and has absolutely no air of self importance. When I asked how how it felt to have such a legacy he said: “Sometimes I wake up in the morning and tell myself “Hey, I did pretty good getting into that band called The Beatles.” Always quick to laugh, no wonder we love him and his music so much.
Composer Mark McKenzie with Sir Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
Thank you to the courageous and selfless medical and science community, grocery store workers, postal workers and so many others who risk their health keeping things going while we stay in our homes. Last week I gathered up my photos, some favorite quotes and some music I composed for MAX AND ME called “Triumph Over Fear” to remind myself that we’re not the first generation to face challenges. We always overcome. With my wife “Zoomed” into teaching her 6th grade class from home, I’m working in the studio, reading biographies of Churchill, Iger and Musk taking breaks learning something I never thought I’d have time to do; Tschaikowsky’s Piano Concerto #1. There is much to be grateful for and I know good will come from this. Enjoy inspiring quotes by world leaders, poets, philosophers and the Bible on fear, courage, faith and hope. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ3Kx5uqp7s
Music and photos by Mark McKenzie. The music “Triumph Over Fear” is available on the Sony Classical soundtrack “Max and Me.” Photos taken from the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Banff Canada, Mount Rainier, Arches National Park, San Pedro, CA, Lake City, Mn, Santa Monica, CA, and Crystal Cove, CA.