Julian Lennon did a Q-and-A with radio legend Dennis Elsas at a New York City Barnes & Noble while signing copies of “Love The Earth”
Julian Lennon is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, photographer, documentarian, philanthropist, and New York Times bestselling author of Touch the Earth. Born in Liverpool, England, Lennon is an observer of life in all its forms developing his personal expression through his artistic endeavors. In 2007, Lennon founded the global environmental and humanitarian organization The White Feather Foundation, whose key initiatives are education, health, conservation, and the protection of indigenous culture.
Q: You had a regular routine of recording, releasing an album and touring. What’s ahead?
A:Moving forward, I’m not sure I’m gonna do an album. Albums, for me, were really a journey. A collection of songs that were connected in one way, shape or form. A lot of heart and soul went into those. With the way things are today, I’d be much happier—I’d be able to live emotionally more stable—if I’d just release a song or an ep. I can feel that I can just let certain things go that way.
Q: You were the first guy out of the next generation. Your brother has had a great musical career but he’s sort of kept out of the spotlight. James McCartney is kept out of the spotlight. Dhani Harrison has kept out of the spotlight. Zak Starkey has a prominent career but it’s behind [The Who].
A: You have to find your own way. They’re all strong, young, smart lads. They’re true artists. They love their work. They love writing and going on the road.
Sean’s an amazing guitarist. He’s coming along fantastically as a singer and songwriter, too. That excites me. We’ve talked about working together; I’m sure we will. One day. I can’t give too much away! I’d love to work with him; I think we have the same sensibilities in many respects. There’s certainly a love of music and melody and interesting chord changes, which is my cup of tea. We’ll do what just feels right. I’m looking forward to it.
Q: What was your experience like performing on stage in your early twenties with many of your father’s peers, for Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday celebration and documentary, Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll?
A: I was shy… so shy… I was terrified. It was an honor. I had to push myself to do this kind of stuff. Most of the lads took me under their wing, for which I’m forever grateful, because there were some great players in that band. My experience with Chuck was very interesting because we had rehearsed one thing but I didn’t know this about Chuck… we only had two runs at the show for the film. The one that was the most energetic and the craziest one.
Chuck and I had rehearsed particular harmonies but you can see in the film, as we come into the second verse, he’s gone off on a different key. And I’m a young performer. I don’t even know what the hell I’m doing there! I’m being filmed… with this band… in front of several thousand people, and I don’t know what I’m doing!
Now Ringo was doing the All-Starr Band thing as a big event on the last night. I hadn’t seen him for 20 years, 30 years. I ran into him way back when in London in an old club called Tramps back in his drinking days. And we didn’t have the best communication skills at that point and I walked away from that feeling a bit disheartened and down.
He didn’t remember that—which is fine and I understand that. It’s all been cleared up now. Joe, in fact, got Ringo to come over after his show and he didn’t know I was there and we actually looked at each other and it was like long-lost family, in fact. We just hugged and embraced. Everything that I had felt bad about… it was out the window and that was that. It was great to see him again.
About the Book:
The final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, following Touch the Earth and Heal the Earth. by Julian Lennon, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, philanthropist, photographer, and bestselling author.
Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go anywhere on Earth! This time, Lennon’s book immerses children into an interactive and unique journey where they can:
- Plant milkweed gardens and soar with the butterflies.
- Build schools where girls and boys will be safe to learn and follow their dreams.
- Clean the oceans and beaches and help endangered dolphins, turtles, and whales.
- Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place!The Flier’s mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet. Just press a button printed on the page and use your Imagination Power to make the Flier glide through the air or transform into vehicles that will help those in need.An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon’s life and work, Love the Earth is filled with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children. The book includes words to a special poem written by Julian Lennon, specifically for Love the Earth.