The story of John Lennon’s infamous trip to Bermuda in the summer of 1980 sheds incredible light on how he spent the last few months of his life. His time in this beautiful place has been memorialized in an app called “John Lennon: the Bermuda Tapes,” which can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhone and iPad. It was created last fall by director Michael Epstein and Bermudian producer Andrew Banks. Since becoming available last fall, it was reported today, February 27, 2014 that the popular app has now nominated for two South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) awards including “Best Music App” and the “People’s Choice Award.”
In truth, John’s life might have ended while on the tumultuous sailing journey to the tropical island, as a storm nearly capsized his boat. Once safely in Bermuda however, he got some much-needed sunshine and rest, and regained his muse. He began to write music again, and the result was the album “Double Fantasy.”
(See our review of "Double Fantasy Stripped Down", released on his 70th birthday.)
You can vote for the “People’s Choice Award” online at the SXSW Interactive site. The Bermuda Tapes are among seventy-five other nominees, so if you love John Lennon, love his Bermuda story, and want to see it win, you have until midnight Sunday, March 2, 2014. The site explains that this voting will narrow the winners to five finalists, and they will choose the winner on March 11 during the festival.
Bermuda was a special place for John, and you can learn about his sailing experience on the app, his songwriting, and the renewed partnership it inspired with his wife Yoko Ono. The name “Double Fantasy” was inspired by a freesia flower with the same name at the local Botanical Gardens.
The Why Hunger campaign has been the recipient of all proceeds from sales of the app, an initiative that has so far provided 7.2 million meals for children in more than 20 countries around the world.
Also read about the Bermuda tribute concert held in his honor on September 21, 2013 on International Peace Day.
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