October 9 2015 would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday and to commemorate the landmark event Canadian pop/rock trio Blurred Vision have released a single entitled Dear John which celebrates the late Beatle’s musical legacy and his contribution towards world peace.
“We just wanted to write a song dedicated to someone who played a great role in our lives as artists,” Blurred Vision lead guitarist and vocalist Sepp Osley told Andy Howells earlier this week. “To speak about this concept of peace in a time when our world needs it most, especially in our generation with what we’re facing, it’s so important to use music as a tool rather than a background thing.”
Blurred Vision which also features Sepp’s brother Sohl on bass and Ben Riley on drums are currently based in the UK. The band noted for their psychedelic rock influences rose to prominence with an updated version of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall which met with approval from Roger Waters. Their debut album Organised Insanity was released earlier this year.
“We’ve had a phenomenal response from critics and fans from around the world,” says Sepp of Organised Insanity, “Dear John was part of that album and we’re excited about getting that song out to the world now.”
Dear John is accompanied by an extraordinary video featuring signs, cards and birthday wishes for John Lennon from across four continents, plus some of Lennon’s iconic Imagine lyrics, will accompany the video release. “Yoko Ono gave us the permission to use the lyrics of Imagine which people will see in the video, which was incredible because we got the go ahead from her camp,” reveals Sepp, “we’ve incorporated those iconic lyrics with our own song and it’s our sort of play on what John Lennon wrote about.”
Sepp thinks that Lennon’s music and most importantly the message behind it is timeless. “John’s music and what he stood for inspired us as this generation’s artist. The Beatles transcend time really when it comes to how many people they’ve inspired around the world and how they keep inspiring our generation and the next to come.”
Dear John is available to download from iTunes now, proceeds from the release of the single go to benefit whyhunger.org
- Keep up to date with news about Blurred Vision by visiting their official website blurredvisionmusic.com
- A version of this interview by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on October 9, 2015