McCartney May: No More Lonely Nights Under Waterfalls


We’ve touched on just about every aspect of Paul McCartney’s life a bit; The Beatles, Wings, his solo songs, his personal life, etc. but there’s another huge aspect of his life we haven’t touched on just yet, his activism. Since we’re closing out McCartney May tomorrow, I did want to include more of this. While I do occasionally eat meat, Mr. Richard is a vegetarian and we both believe in rescuing abandoned animals, much like Dawson and Daria were and these values are in line with Paul’s.

Since 1975, McCartney has been a vegetarian; he and his wife Linda were vegetarians for most of their 30-year marriage. They decided to stop consuming meat after Paul saw lambs in a field as they were eating a meal of lamb. Soon after, the couple became outspoken animal rights activists. In his first interview after Linda’s death, he promised to continue working for animal rights, and in 1999 he spent £3,000,000 to ensure Linda McCartney Foods remained free of genetically engineered ingredients.

McCartney is a supporter of the animal-rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has appeared in the group’s campaigns and, in 2009, he narrated a short factory farm exposé titled “Glass Walls” which was harshly critical of slaughterhouses, the meat industry, and their effect on animal welfare. McCartney has also supported campaigns headed by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, World Animal Protection, and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

Following McCartney’s marriage to Heather Mills, he joined her in a campaign against land mines, becoming a patron of Adopt-A-Minefield. He wore an anti-landmines T-shirt during some of the Back in the World tour shows. In 2006, the McCartneys travelled to Prince Edward Island to raise international awareness of seal hunting. The couple debated with Danny Williams, Newfoundland’s then Premier, on Larry King Live, stating that fishermen should stop hunting seals and start seal-watching businesses instead.

McCartney has participated in several charity recordings and performances, including the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea, Ferry Aid, Band Aid, Live Aid, Live 8, and the recording of “Ferry Cross the Mersey”. In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2008, he donated a song to Aid Still Required’s CD, organized as an effort to raise funds to assist with the recovery from the devastation caused in Southeast Asia by the 2004 tsunami.

In 2009, McCartney wrote to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, asking him why he was not a vegetarian. As McCartney explained, “He wrote back very kindly, saying, ‘my doctors tell me that I must eat meat’. And I wrote back again, saying, you know, I don’t think that’s right … I think he’s now being told … that he can get his protein somewhere else … It just doesn’t seem right – the Dalai Lama, on the one hand, saying, ‘Hey guys, don’t harm sentient beings … Oh, and by the way, I’m having a steak‘”.

PMcCartneyWaterfalls

Side One

Waterfalls

Side Two

Check My Machine

PMcCartneyNoMoreLonelyNights

Side One

No More Lonely Nights

Side Two

No More Lonely Nights (Playout Version)

This Is How You Remind Me


Usher and I go way back. We first started back in the days of You Make Me Wanna when I was 11 and my love for him has come and gone and come back over the years. He seems to fade from the spotlight now and then but emerges with hit after hit again and again.

Usher Terry Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor.

He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first number-one hit, “Nice & Slow”. The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His follow-up album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 number one hits “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad”. Many more albums and hits followed, with him on the charts again just last year.

Usher’s 2004 album, Confessions, established him as one of the best-selling musical artist of the 2000s decade. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one hits and has been certified diamond by the RIAA.

The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23 million copies in the United States alone. Usher has won numerous awards including eight Grammy Awards. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, and at number six on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one hits (all as a lead artist) and has attained eighteen Hot 100 top-ten hits.

Usher You Remind Me

You Remind Me

Usher

Side One

Radio Edit
Instrumental

Side Two

LP Version
A Cappella

McCartney May Meets Rainbow Wednesdays


Well, look at what we have here! Some white discs in the Paul McCartney section of the collection. These two discs kind of just got mixed into the pile and I didn’t even notice them until I pulled them out to photograph them. The color is very opaque and you can’t see through the disc at all.

PMcCartneyThingsWeSaidToday

Side One

Things We Said Today

Side Two

Biker Like an Icon

PMcCartneyCMonPeople

Side One

C’Mon People

Side Two

Down to the River

McCartney May: Paul McCartney’s Brave Face


With a legendary career spanning decades , it’s only expected that Mr. McCartney’s picked up some awards along the way:

Academy Award winner (as a member of The Beatles)

21-time Grammy Award winner

  • 12 as a member of The Beatles
  • Six as a solo artist
  • Two as a member of Wings
  • One as part of a joint collaboration

Two-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Class of 1988 as a member of The Beatles
  • Class of 1999 as a solo artist

Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Planet 4148 named “McCartney” (International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center)

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music in 1997

2008 BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music

Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University award in 2008

2010 Gershwin Prize for his contributions to popular music

2010 Kennedy Center Honors

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarded in 2012

2012 Légion d’Honneur for his services to music

2012 MusiCares Person of the Year

PMcCartneyBraveFace

Side One

My Brave Face

Side Two

Flying to My Home

Youssou N’Dour Is Undecided


Since I’ve been dedicating a lot of time to my Special Olympics fundraiser (you can donate $10.00 or learn more HERE), I figured I’d use this Youssou N’Dour post to speak about his own activism and fundraising efforts.

In Senegal, Youssou N’Dour became a powerful cultural icon, actively involved in social issues. In 1985, he organized a concert for the release of Nelson Mandela. He was a featured performer in the 1988 worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour and has worked with the United Nations and UNICEF. Giving back to his own country, he started Project Joko to open internet cafés in Africa and to connect Senegalese communities around the world.

In 2009, he released his song “Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)” under a Creative Commons license to help IntraHealth International in their IntraHealth Open campaign to bring open source health applications to Africa. The song was remixed by a variety of artists to help raise money for the campaign.

UndecidedYoussouNDour

Undecided

Youssou N’Dour

Side One

Undecided (Deep 12″ Dance Mix)
Undecided (12″ Dance Instrumental)

Side Two

Undecided (Album Version)
Undecided (Deep Radio Mix)

Doomstarks


We should be looking for to the actual album from MF Doom and Ghostface soon, it was said to be coming out this year. I’ll need to set aside some cash now so I can scoop it up as soon as it hits the shelves.

Victory Laps Doomstarks

Victory Laps

Doomstarks

Side One

Original
Instrumental

Side Two

Madvillaninz Remix
Madvillaninz RMX Instrumental

Straight Up…


…now tell me
Straight up now tell me
Straight up now tell me
Straight up now tell me

Straight up now tell me
Do you really want to love me forever oh, oh, oh
Or am I caught in a hit and run?
Straight up now tell me
Is it gonna be you and me together oh, oh, oh
Are you just having fun?
Straight up now tell me

Do do you love me?
Do do you love me?
Do do you love me?
C’mon now, do do you love me?

PaulaAbdulStraightUp

Side One

Straight Up

Side Two

Cold Hearted

The Way That Paula Abdul Loves Me, I’m Spellbound


My love of animals is no secret. I’d rescue hundreds if I could. I guess that’s why, despite her antics in the last decade or so, I’ll still have a soft spot for Paula Abdul, since she does work for animal rights and people with disabilities. We considered getting Mr. Richard a service dog when he got sick, but he ended up recovering a little faster than we thought.

Paula Abdul is a dog lover who raised awareness about National Guide Dog Month in May 2009, and she teamed up with Dick Van Patten to help people with blindness to have more independence through the help of guide dogs. She does not wear real fur.

PAbdulTheWayThatYouLoveMe

Side One

(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me

Side Two

(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me

PaulaAbdulSpellbound

Side One

Spellbound

Side Two

Blowing Kisses in the Wind

McCartney May: McCartney Is So Bad


May is upon us and it just so happens I’ve reached Paul McCartney in the collection. Since it works so well, this month will be McCartney May with featured posts every weekend. From The Beatles to Wings to his solo projects, there’s a ton to cover!

Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer.

With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band’s break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.

McCartney has been recognized as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist. A two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999), and a 21-time Grammy Award winner (having won both individually and with the Beatles), McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr received MBEs in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.

McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education. He has married three times and is the father of five children.

PMcCartneySoBad

Side One

So Bad

Side Two

Pipes of Peace