This year has been a seminal one for [lastfm]John Lennon[/lastfm] in terms of public exposure and demonstrations of fan admiration. His 70th birthday has been continually commerated in the last couple of months, including becoming the new face on the Britsh Royal Mint. Now Steinway & Sons has come out with commerative piano for John Lennon called the Imagine Series Limited Edition.
Shown in the background of the picture above, the piano is modeled after the white Steinway grand piano that Lennon gave to [lastfm]Yoko Ono[/lastfm] on her birthday in 1971.
The music desk on each piano has one of four original John Lennon drawings. These drawings are:
1) Come Together reflects John Lennon’s desire to bring people together.
2)Grand Piano is a drawing that captures the songwriting process — as musician and piano become one.
3)Freda People exemplifies John Lennon’s passion for using music for the benefit of mankind.
4)Self Portrait is perhaps John Lennon’s most famous drawing — as just a few marks on the page and it’s unmistakably John.
The special piano also includes the lyric “You may say I’m a dreamer” on the bass side of the rim, the opening bars of Imagine printed on the gold plate of the piano, a medallion on the inner room that includes Lennon’s Japanese chop mark/signature and the series name and number, and a replica of Lennon’s signature on the treble side of the fallboard.
Ron Lusby, president of Steinway & Sons says : “I am very excited about the launch of this truly unique piano. John Lennon was a visionary in so many ways. It is an honor for Steinway & Sons to have been chosen by Mrs. Lennon to create this remarkable piano.”
Todd Sanders, Vice President, Sales & Marketing agrees: “Anytime you expose a new audience to our handcrafted pianos, it’s a very good thing for Steinway. With John Lennon, you are talking about someone whose music and philosophy resonates around the world and across generations.”
We couldn’t “imagine” a better way to celebrate John Lennon’s life than a piano that both symbolizes his love of art/music and his love for Yoko Ono.