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"Actually, Chappell Music was a little more impressed with my songs than CBS," McInally says, half-listening to the tape, "but CBS took more than an hour to tell me what was wrong with my stuff. I felt kind of disheartened, but then they called me back and said they wanted me."
Snap! A sentimental soft-rock, bass-drums-piano number: "This one is all mine. We're trying to get it to Anne Murray." Snap! Forever Yours, Forevermore, which was played at the McInallys' wedding. "I wrote it for Leslie," he says, "when she went away to become a stewardess."
For every word that needs an ear/For every pain and every tear/For every doubt and any fear/I'll be yours, I'll be here.
Leslie, who has come upstairs with glasses of Perrier, says, "That one is our favorite."
"Clive really liked that one, too [Clive, in the music business, means Clive Davis, record mogul and president of Arista Records], but he said it's got to be a little ballsier."
It takes only a few minutes of music-biz conversation to deduce that songwriting is a collaborative enterprise, with the songwriter's opinion regarded the least. "This is out there," McInally says. "It doesn't connect like everything else."
McInally's column, on the other hand, draws more naturally on his Harvard background. He blends library research with expert advice from psychologists, doctors, trainers and exercise physiologists before sitting down at his portable computer every Thursday night to write. McInally is also working with an Orange County physical therapist, Mike Hairston, on a series of books called Athletes for Life—"which is what we all are nowadays." One volume will be for boys 6-17; another for girls and women; and the last for men over 17.
If his dad was the motivator behind McInally's athletic career, his mom probably inspired his diversity...his music, his writing, even his decision to go to Harvard. "My mother always pounded it into me to have options," McInally says. "Being an athlete does not preclude your being intelligent...or sensitive, either."
But Peggy refuses credit for nurturing his creative skills. "We don't know where that came from. Not from us, certainly. I think the biggest thing was, Pat didn't want to get a job. He said, 'Mom, I know there's got to be a job in this world where I don't have to work nine-to-five.' "
The closest McInally has come to a nine-to-five existence was during an off-season tour of duty several years ago as a California sand-volleyball beach bum—"My secondary addiction," he says with a rueful laugh. "I would play nine-to-six at Laguna Beach. Talk about being humbled. I'm 26, supposedly a world-class athlete, and I'm out in the sand getting pummeled by those guys." Actually, McInally's volleyball rating is AA (AAA is highest); he has played with and against world-class players, including Olympic star Dusty Dvorak. "To invade someone else's area like that and to do well is really gratifying," he says.