Writings About Music

John Lennon's Musical Intuition

Riveting to hear John Lennon in 1968 give the nitty-gritty about the Abbey Road album. Especially enjoyed hearing his thoughts about a new synthesizer the Beatles used on the album, anticipating the meruvina concept. Lennon prophetically felt a related new instrument would make for a great band by itself; a synthesizer that played everything on its own with just one person to switch it on. I found myself in confluence with John's concept some years later, beginning to explore this new musical realm.

As stated here, Lennon is my favorite singer along with Laura Nyro and Frank Sinatra.

For John, here are some early compositions of mine, Foreign River, followed by Winter Fantasy. The latter composition was inspired by and named for Johnny Winter. When I confessed to George Harrison that Winter in his prime was my favorite guitarist, he gave me a sharp stare having previously stated that Jimi Hendrix was the top.


- Michael Robinson, February 2017, Los Angeles


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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer, programmer, pianist and musicologist. His 199 albums include 152 albums for meruvina and 47 albums of piano improvisations. Robinson has been a lecturer at UCLA, Bard College and California State University Long Beach and Dominguez Hills.