John Lennon’s journey to Bermuda during a storm in June of 1980 has made for a legendary story in musical circles over the years, not least of all because it lead to the so-called “Bermuda Tapes,” a collection of demos recorded on the island as he collaborated remotely with his wife Yoko Ono, who remained at their home in New York.
Now, thanks to an upcoming interactive album app, fans of Lennon’s music will be able to take that journey with him even as they support WhyHunger’s “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign.
Months before John Lennon’s life tragically ended, he spent the summer of 1980 living and working in Bermuda.
One Bermudian locale in particular that had a profound effect on Lennon was the Botanical Gardens, which he visited several times. While exploring the gardens, the former Beatle came across a species of freesia called “Double Fantasy,” and took the name for his album.
The idea of one living thing incorporating the ideas of two minds struck him as symbolising his relationship with his wife, Yoko Ono. Subsequently, Double Fantasy became the name of the album that he recorded upon his return to New York from Bermuda.
All of those adventures, along with the songs that they inspired, will be available to via the app, which will tell the story of Lennon’s travels and songwriting, along with the recording sessions with his wife that later blossomed into the album Double Fantasy.
All proceeds from sales of the app, to be available via Apple iTunes for the iPhone and iPad, will be donated to the aforementioned Why Hunger campaign, helping to educate those in need in the ways of agriculture, an initiative that has already provided enough food for 7.2 million meals for needy children in more than 20 countries around the world.
John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes, an app for iPhone and iPad, will be available for purchase on November 5, 2013.