Julian Lennon sings “Imagine”
Assuming the legacy of an icon like John Lennon is not easy. Thus, Julian Lennon swore for a long time never to sing his father’s anthem of peace “Imagine”. But now it has – given the war in Ukraine.
Julian Lennon, son of Beatles legend John Lennon, sang his father’s iconic song “Imagine” in public for the first time. The 59-year-old explains his motivations on Instagram. It was the “unimaginable tragedy” that happened with the war in Ukraine that made him perform the song of peace for the first time.
“I always said that I would only think about singing ‘Imagine’ if the world were to end,” writes the musician of the video, in which he sings the lines in a sea of candles and accompanies by a guitarist his father sings. “As a person and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most meaningful way possible. So today, for the very first time, I performed my father’s song ‘Imagine’ in public.”
The text reflects “our collective desire for world peace”, he said. “Because in this song we are transported to a space where love and unity become our reality, if only for a moment. The song reflects the light at the end of the tunnel that we all hope for.”
“Rise up for Ukraine”
Julian Lennon posted the cover of the song on his Instagram page for his 59th birthday on April 8. The performance is part of a ‘Stand Up for Ukraine’ social media campaign which raises funds for the invaded country and refugees. “I call on world leaders and all who believe in the spirit of Imagine to stand up for refugees everywhere,” writes Julian Lennon.
The musician is the son of John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia Powell. His first album “Valotte” was released in 1984 and he has since released six studio albums.
The original “Imagine” was released in 1971. The song was one of John Lennon’s first hits after the Beatles broke up. As a peace anthem, the song has had cult status for as long as its original performer, who was shot in an assassination attempt in 1980 at the age of 40.