Sir Paul's new single, From a Lover to a Friend, is being released to radio stations across the United States today and experts in the music world expect that this will be Sir Paul's most promising single in years. According to Jeff Pollack, a programming consultant form top radio and music video channels, "There's much more anticipation of a new McCartney record than there has been in years. Paul being involved in a lot of key upcoming events sends a signal to people that he's back doing relevant things and should be taken seriously."
Music experts believe that the somber, reflective, nostalgic mood of the nation and the world since the tragic events of September 11 will be reflected in this bittersweet romantic ballad which speaks to closing a chapter in one's life and bidding farewell to lost love. Beatles scholar and ICE magazine editor Pete Howard says, "The single probably will be received with open arms by the radio community, much more than just another McCartney single would have been in the last few years. I hate to say it, but it's a good time for a new McCartney single like this. Obviously, the most important thing is the song itself. Paul still writes great melodies, and in view of the events of past few weeks, there may be more reception at radio to a mellower song."
Meanwhile, the debate continues over who inspired the song, Linda or Heather? To whom are the lyrics directed? "From a lover to a friend, Take your own advice, Let me love again. Now that you turned out to be, Someone I can trust, Someone I believe." According to spokesman, Geoff Baker, Sir Paul himself doesn't really know: "He said he was not sure exactly what it means. But he admitted the more he hears it the more he is aware that it does have a meaning."
As reported earlier, the song will be featured in Cameron Crowe's new film, Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz. The release date for the film has been postponed until December 14.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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