Come October he’ll also reach a milestone. That’s when Lennon turns 40 – the same age his father was when he was murdered in 1980. Small wonder then the approach of middle age finds Sean Lennon thinking less these days about legacy and expectations and more about the direction of his life and the kind of art he wants to put out into the world.
‘I think the thing about getting older is it’s made me more aware of the finite nature of time on the planet’ Lennon says. ‘I think when you’re in your early 30s or late 20s time feels more abstract. I think there’s something about facing mid-life that makes time very – well – the opposite of abstract. It makes it real and observable and you see how many years you have left – at best’.