(Introduction: Here is the conclusion of our recent phone interview with Julian Lennon, who talks here about the song "Someday," his musical influences and touring. If you missed it, you can read part one here.)
The song “Someday” will get the attention of listeners right away because, in addition to featuring Steven Tyler, it features some lyrics people might recognize: “How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?” Julian Lennon, in a recent interview, said that line happened almost by accident, and even then, almost didn't make it to the final version.
“That was a last-minute thing that came on just because I heard it in my head," he said on the phone, "and then (Steven) Tyler heard it in his head. It wasn't done to garner attention to the song because most of the performances that I'll be doing of 'Someday' and the acoustic will not have the Beatles tagline on it. And for the most part, I have got to say, I have had to pray to the gods that Sony, who owns the rights to the Beatles catalog, considered me being able to use it. They had to authorize it.”
So, we asked, what songs would be on his jukebox? What music influenced him?
“I'll mention artists, but not songs because there's too many songs,” he said. “They've always been the same. Groups I've always loved have been, obviously, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Beach Boys, Steely Dan, Keith Jarrett and Blue Nile. That's about it really.”
When we expressed our surprise that Keith Jarrett was a favorite, he explained he loved his solo work.
“His Clone concerts (are) one of my all-time favorite listens. And before I started writing songs, three to five minutes songs for albums and singles, I used to write by ear instrumental pieces on the piano that would last anything up to 20 minutes. And then I discovered Keith Jarrett. So you can imagine I went, 'Wow! There's other people that do that.' And then when I heard his stuff, I was just blown away.”
Can we look forward to any tour or live performances?
He said he hopes to do some American TV shows, “like Letterman, Arsenio, 'Chelsea Lately,' 'Ellen' (or) 'The View' with Whoopi who is our host for the White Feather Foundation event.”
But he's also considering some concerts, too.
“If I ever go live live again (and) tour in any way, shape or form, it would be with sponsorship and it would be a one night only in major cities around the world for charity with a full or partial orchestra. That's my bottom line. And the reason is I did a show on the last tour … in Hong Kong with Boys 2 Men in front of 10,000 or 20,000 people with a full orchestra, the first time I'd ever done that.
“And I absolutely fell in love with it because a lot of the work I've done previously is orchestral and filmic. And so being able to perform live with an orchestra is mind-blowing for me and was probably the happiest time I've ever been on stage.
“So I'd like to recreate that, but for a purpose, for charity and in conjunction with (his charity) White Feather so that we help people along the way and it's not just about pennies in the pocket.”
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