According to Vanilla Sky writer-director Cameron Crowe, "Music always establishes the tone of something before I ever write or make it." When he started to work on Vanilla Sky, a remake of Alejandro Amenabar's Spanish-language "Abre Los Ojos" (Open Your Eyes), he said, "I was listening to folk songs a lot. I thought Alejandro's movie was like a folk song -- a simple tale that's a fable." He decided to end his version of the film with a pleasant tune and made it known that he wanted Sir Paul to write it. And Sir Paul responded! After viewing about 40 minutes of the film in Crowe's editing studio in Los Angeles last summer, Sir Paul invited Crowe to his recording studio across town to listen to some cuts from the Driving Rain album he was working on at the time. Sir Paul McCartney drove himself, and Crowe followed in his own car, calling his wife on his cell phone to tell her that he was being led by Paul McCartney to go to hear some new music. After hearing what Sir Paul had to offer, Crowe got up the nerve to ask him if he would possibly write something original for the movie - something with more of a folk song feel to it. Sir Paul responded, "Cool, man, cool" and showed up a few days later saying, "I've written a song called Vanilla Sky, and if you don't like it, I'll call it Manila Envelope." Apparently, Cameron Crowe liked it!
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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