Recording "In The Blink Of An Eye"

July 2016 • For Various Artists

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Ethel & Ernest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Official album.
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Songs recorded




Paul McCartney:
Drums, Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, Harpsichord

Production staff

Eddie Klein:
Recording engineer
Keith Smith:
Recording engineer
Steve Orchard:
Recording engineer
Jamie Kirkham:
Recording engineer


Paul McCartney contributed “In The Blink Of An Eye“, an original song to the an animated film titled “Ethel & Ernest“.

From the liner notes of the soundtrack album:

[In 2016,] as we neared completion of the film we made contact with Paul’s office again. By this time Carl Davis was on board and by coincidence rather than design this proved to be an excellent opportunity to revive a collaboration that had begun twenty five years previously. In 1991 the first performance of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio was conducted by Carl Davis in Liverpool Cathedral. Carl and Paul had collaborated on the oratorio to celebrate the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 150th anniversary. Now in 2016, Paul and Carl met up again to work on the string arrangement of the Mum and Dad theme. Paul was touring in 2016, playing to sold out stadiums in the US and Europe, but in July he had a small window in his busy schedule. He wrote and performed some lyrics, recording them at his Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex. The string arrangement was conducted by Carl and performed by the Chamber Orchestra Of London. It was recorded at Angel studios under the music direction of Chris Egan. […]

The recordings took place in May 2016 at Angel Studios in north London. Carl conducted the Chamber Orchestra Of London in two sessions with Chris Egan as musical director. The first used a classical ensemble for the main theme, the mood setting passages, and the cinematic war time sequences. The second was a jazz ensemble who recreated the authentic sound of a 1920s jazz band.

Roger Mainwood, Director

It therefore seems that the string arrangement for the song was recorded before Paul’s recordings at Hog Hill Mill.

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