John Lennon, the enigmatic singer for The Beatles, always his said his son, Sean, felt “more like a twin” considering that they both shared the same birthday. The pair assimilated one another’s moods and often peaked and troughed in unison and, with Sean going on to have his own wonderful career as a musician perhaps, there’s some truth to it.
In the below clip we catch a glimpse of their relationship as the pair shared a few notes. The footage comes from a rare home recording and sees Sean as a young child. On the tape, he starts singing his “favourite” Beatles song, but it’s not one of his father’s creation.
Sean Ono Lennon may well be an acclaimed musician on his own terms—such has been his mission from an early age—but he stills pays homage to his father’s undeniable influence on him. While much of that may have come from later in life, as Sean began to explore his work both with The Beatles and the Plastic Ono Band more intently.
Moments like the ones below are not only sparks of inspiration nestling into Sean’s consciousness for later use but are glimpses of their uncanny relationship. In an interview dated in 1980, Lennon once famously said that down to Sean’s apparent ability to channel his father’s emotions, John was now forced to shake himself out of “artistic depression” for the sake of the child. It’s a father-son relationship that is crystalised in this short clip.