As a former Beatle, a successful solo musician and someone that’s been knighted, Paul McCartney probably doesn’t feel like he has much to prove. But it must be feel pretty good to release an album on the same record label that said the up-and-coming Beatles had “no future in show business,” as Rolling Stone points out.
As silly as Decca Records must have felt, McCartney is showing there are no hard feelings by releasing Ocean’s Kingdom, a score for his first crack at a ballet, on the label. Ocean’s Kingdom will make its debut at New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala on Sept. 22. The score will be released on Oct. 4 on vinyl and CD.
A press release for Ocean’s Kingdom says the score is an hour long and divided into four movements that are inspired by the “purity of the ocean.” The ballet, which has a storyline that sounds a lot like James Cameron’s Avatar, is a love story based in an underwater world which is threatened by humans.
“What was interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just writing a song,” McCartney said in the release. “Trying to write something that expressed an emotion—so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with—and I found that exciting and challenging.”