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John Lennon always his said his son, Sean, felt “more like a twin” considering that they both shared the same birthday.

In the below clip we catch a glimpse of their relationship as the pair shared a few notes. The footage comes from a home recording and sees Sean as a young child. On the tape, he starts singing the Beatles song.

In an interview dated in 1980, John once famously said that down to Sean’s apparent ability to channel his father’s emotions, John was now forced to shake himself out of “artistic depression” for the sake of the child. It’s a father-son relationship that is crystalised in this short clip.

Beginning with the unmistakable tone of a happy child, Sean belts out the lines: “Do you need anybody / I need somebody to love,” with a gleeful smile across his face. “That’s my favourite song,” confirms the toddler. “Very good,” replies John. The inquisitive Sean asks: “Who’s singing? You?”, his father replies: “No. Ringo, but Paul and I are singing it with him.”

After being asked what the song is called and trying to run through the lyrics for the title, like so many pub quiz teams have done before, Lennon concedes: “Oh, I’ve forgotten what it was called.”

Sean continues the song and messes up the lyrics the way only a small child can, after quickly correcting the lines, John then has a eureka moment and remembers, “Oh, ‘A Little Help From My Friends’, that’s what it’s called.”

The audio… H E R E .



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Sean Lennon just unveiled his most ambitious, eccentric album to date, South of Reality, his second with Primus’ Les Claypool as the Claypool Lennon Delirium. With its jabberwocky sound and references to rocket science, amphibious life and ritual magic, South of Reality betrays his tutelage at the feet of Ono. And the Claypool Lennon Delirium may be his most lovably left-field co-creation to date.
Today, we’re sharing a conversation with Sean Ono Lennon about South of Reality and being schooled in outré culture by one of its most famous practitioners.

What do you get out of making futuristic, outside-the-box music?

I’ve been doing that my whole life, as I see it. I come from a musical background that includes my mother as well as my father, so I’ve always had a natural affinity toward non-tonal instruments, including soundscapes and sound design.Some of my mom’s songs were just crickets, field recordings or the sound of a heartbeat. For me, that was always natural. I was raised in an environment in which music was inherently experimental.

It seems like you were raised to understand that the world is making music all the time.

That’s so interesting you say that, because my mom used to tell this story all the time when I was young. When she was studying avant-garde composition in Japan, her music teacher would make her notate the sound of everyday objects.If something fell down the stairs, she’d have to [makes percussive sounds] get the rhythm structure of it. If a bus squealed around the corner, she’d try to notate it. That was a good exercise for her to transcend the confines of Western music.

You and Les seem to approach your music less like craftsmen than spelunkers, or explorers. Do you two map out your textures in advance, or do you like to throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks?

A bit of both, to be honest. Les is somebody who loves to work with a lot of improvisation and spontaneity, but he likes to have that within a framework. He wants to do homework so that we’re not relying on the success of our inspiration.So, we always come prepared. He says, “Shiner, why don’t you come with five or six ideas, and I’ll come with five or six ideas?” We have to flesh out six songs individually at least, so we have something to bring to the table.If we were just improvising, it would be a jazz album. But if we were just preparing and structuring, it wouldn’t be us either. It would be boring as hell. So, I think we like to do both. We like freedom and spontaneity within constraints and structure. The structure has to do with doing homework and having methodology.

South of Reality is full of references to fishes, crickets, fleas and a creature known as the Toadyman. Does something draw you to the subterranean world?

Totally, man. People have phobias of animals, but I love the animals that most people hate. I love rats, and I love mice, and I love spiders. I even like cockroaches.I don’t have anything against most animals. It may seem that I have a morbid attraction toward the less-loved critters of the planet, but I just like animals in general. I’m a dork in that way. It’s hard for me to hold anything against an animal.One of my more mystical views might be that consciousness is more of a spectrum. It’s not binary. It doesn’t get switched on at humans, or chimps, or whatever. It must be fluid. The degree to which animals are self-aware is relative. It’s not that they aren’t and we are. I think that’s too simple.We’re outnumbered by the microorganisms in the crust by far. They call it the Weight. The greatest mass of living cells is in the crust. Time is slower down there, too, because it’s closer to the center of the Earth. There’s time dilation. So the microorganisms that are closer to the core would be younger, or less time would have passed for them.Even your head is older than your feet, if you’ve been standing on the planet your whole life. Gravity bends spacetime.

The track “Blood and Rockets” was inspired by Jack Parsons, the famous rocket engineer who joined a ritual cult. Why did he spark your imagination?

I read his autobiography called Sex and Rockets, thinking that it’d be a movie or a musical or something. It never panned out, so I was like, “Well, I’ll just write the song.” But it’s one of those stories that is stranger than fiction.

No one has the imagination to think of how it even ends. I mean, he belonged to a magical cult, including sex magic. He wound up blowing himself up in a chemical experiment. There’s all sorts of nefarious relationships he had with his mother that were discovered by the police.That story was just epic, and it was a kernel of an idea I brought to the Delirium writing sessions because I wanted to flesh it out as a song.

He worked in a rational field and indulged in extrascientific beliefs with equal zeal. Are some aspects of reality only explainable through a mystical lens?

Arthur C. Clarke said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If something is real, then it’s not magic by definition. Let’s say magic was real and I could shoot fireballs out of my hand. If that’s really happening, then it’s not magic. Then it’s some physical phenomenon that’s indistinguishable from magic.

So, are there things that are indistinguishable from magic in our understanding of science and nature? Yes. Spooky action at a distance. Quantum entanglement. We don’t really understand those things.

“Cricket Chronicles Revisited” takes aim at Big Pharma, and “Easily Charmed by Fools” explores lies and manipulation. You’ve mentioned that your father avoided processed foods and flicked off television ads because “everything in there was a lie.” Were you trained early on to be skeptical of the modern age?

I remember him saying, “Everything ever said in a commercial is inherently a lie. That’s why it’s a commercial. A commercial is a group of lies about something, so you’re not allowed to watch it, because it’s all lies. It’ll influence you negatively.”I never thought how it would come into play in terms of my proclivity toward certain subject matter. But I’m sure you’re right. You’d be a good therapist. I’m sure that the origin of my disdain for Big Pharma and Monsanto is in my dad teaching me early on that advertising is a construct made of lies.

Your mom’s influence has only grown, from specifically going out as Sean Ono Lennon in 2019 to veering into uncharted musical territory with the Delirium. How does she teach you to embrace the weird?

My dad is my greatest influence, and his absence was so imposing that it pushed me toward a preoccupation with understanding his work and his life. Whereas it’s the opposite with my mother. I grew up physically in the same house with my mother. The first album I made with her was when I was 17, called Rising.Her influence on me is the opposite. It’s palpable. It’s physical. I grew up with this person. So, my entire worldview, not just in art and music, but in everything else, is certainly filtered through the lens of her personality and her opinions. Arguably, though my dad’s my biggest influence, she’s a more palpable influence on me.When I was young, I’d try to get my mom to listen to Human League or Depeche Mode. She’d be like, “Turn that off! Listen to Schoenberg! Here’s a John Cage performance!” Then, when I was old enough to have interesting conversations with her, the first thing she laid on me was the art that influenced her, like Bertolt Brecht, Marcel Duchamp and all sorts of stuff that might be off the beaten path for certain people. Everything I do comes from growing up with my mom in that house. For example, I’m one of those people who believes that I don’t have to choose genres, or media. I can do sculpture or drawing or music or painting or directing. Not because I think I’m talented at them, but because I don’t see them as separate things. The medium is secondary. People assume that because I have obvious influences from my dad, that’s all there is. But the truth is that the artist who is me was birthed from the crucible of the Yoko Ono universe.



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Singer Miley Cyrus told Howard Stern this morning (December 12) that she and Sean Ono Lennon will sing John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The singing star is the musical guest on the Dec. 15 edition of the sketch comedy series, which will be hosted by Matt Damon.
Cyrus told Stern that she and Lennon were planning on recording a studio version of “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” this week.

Of “Happy Xmas,” Cyrus told Stern: “It’s just so magical every time we sing it… goosebumps all over the place.”
The Stern show tweeted a portion of his interview.
“Happy Xmas (War is Over)” was first released in 1971 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. It has since become a holiday standard.



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Today marks John Lennon and his son Sean Taro Ono Lennon’s joint birthday. John would have been 78 today and Sean is celebrating turning 43.

Sean was born on 9 October 1975, on John’s 35th birthday. Around that time John and Yoko decided that raising Sean, and having a more traditional family life, was the most important thing for them so John decided to cut back on work and dedicate himself to Sean’s early years. During this time John and Sean developed a very close bond.

“I’ve been baking bread and looking after the baby. Bread and babies, as every housewife knows, is a full-time job.” John, commenting on his domestic life, Playboy, 1980

  John and Sean at home in New York

John was thrilled to share his birthday with Sean, particularly because nine was a meaningful number for him as a believer in numerology. The number nine, or numbers which add up to nine, appeared at many significant times throughout his life. For instance: the first home he lived in was at 9 Newcastle Road, Paul McCartney has nine letters in his second name and John and Yoko’s first apartment in the Dakota Building was at number 72 on 1 West 72nd Street.

“I don’t know if it’s because he was born on the same day as me – which, that in itself was quite strange – he was born on October the 9th – which I was – so we’re almost like twins.” John, talking about Sean and the number 9, RKO Radio Network, 1980

The pair spent a lot of time together at home and aboard. In 1980 John sailed to Bermuda for a holiday with Sean. During their visit John asked local artist Nancy Gosnell to paint a portrait of the two of them as a present for Yoko. You can view this touching portrait (as well as other personal objects drawn from Yoko’s own private collection) in Double Fantasy – a ground-breaking exhibition telling John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s story in their own words. Double Fantasy is on at the Museum of Liverpool until 22 April 2019.

The exhibition features several objects connected to John and Sean such as Sean’s ‘Snugli’ baby carrier which was worn by John to carry Sean when he was a baby and original Lyrics for Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (John Lennon 1980), a love song that he wrote for 5-year old Sean. Its lyric is often quoted: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”




John and Sean sailing near the island of Bermuda.

Lenono Photo Archive ©Yoko Ono 1980.

To celebrate John’s birthday, on the 9 October 2018, the Museum of Liverpool is hosting a free showing of the restored, remixed and remastered films Imagine and Gimme Some Truth.