The city of Liverpool will mark what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday by launching a worldwide contest to find another great songwriter.
The city will be hosting the Liverpool International Song For Kindness Contest, which was announced on Friday October 9, the anniversary of Lennon’s birth.
The winner will have no small task as the contest will seek to find an anthem that will follow the example of Lennon’s masterpiece Imagine.
The city council has launched the contest in association with youth charity tuff.earth and the world-famous Cavern Club, and the search will take place across the next 11 months.
The winning song will be announced on September 9, 2021, the 50th anniversary of the release of the Imagine album.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: ‘Liverpool needs a positive and uplifting story in these current days, so we are turning to what this city does best – making music.
‘This contest will help to unify the people of Liverpool, encourage acts of kindness in the city and inspire the songwriters of both here and around the world.
‘It is fitting that we are launching this initiative on the 80th birthday of John Lennon, the songwriter who was one of this city’s greatest sons.’
‘The songs that John wrote with Paul in The Beatles, and the classics like Imagine that he created as a solo artist and with Yoko, changed the sound of music and uplifted the world. Now we need to be uplifted again.’
Co-founder of tuff.earth, Dr Shamender Talwar said: ‘Songs and music in all and any styles and genres can be entered in the contest.
‘It can be your song or a cover, it can be rock ‘n roll or rap or classical and orchestral, and the contest is unique in that it is open to every musician on the planet, unknown or famous, from buskers to Beatles.’
If you would like to try your hand at taking up the monumental task of trying to follow up Imagine, head over to tuff.earth’s Facebook and upload a video performing the song.
Alternatively, contestants can also upload their song to a Dropbox.
The winning song will be chosen by public vote on Facebook, with the most likes deciding the winner, and it will be given its premiere performance at The Cavern Club.
Lennon was shot dead aged 40 by Mark Chapman in New York in 1980. However, the Beatle has long continued to have an endearing influence on popular culture to this day.
Lennon’s former The Beatles bandmate Sir Paul McCartney has been remembering the legend on his birthday today, expressing gratitiude between the bond between the two friends – even 40 years after Lennon’s passing.
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