Wayne Furbert, Minister of Business Development and Tourism, stopped by to talk about Bermuda.
Bermuda's proximity many people don't realize that it is the closest island destination to NYC at less than a twohour flight with service on American Airlines and JetBlue from JFK and Delta from Newark.
Bubba Watson, Open Champion Ernie Els, US Open winner Webb Simpson and defending Grand Slam champion Keegan Bradley (who is subbing for PGA Champion Rory McIlroy who is unable to attend).
Interesting fact about Bermuda it served as the inspiration for John Lennon's final "Double Fantasy" album. The Lennon-Bermuda story is a remarkable chapter in the singer's final year. In June 1980, Lennon embarked on a five- day sailing voyage to Bermuda that would change his life. Prior to his adventure to Bermuda, fans the world over had begun to worry about Lennon, as his drive for writing and creativity lacked vigor. The pressure to produce quality music, the pressure of his family and troubles got the best of him and his creative energy for songwriting suffered. Eventually the pressure and the reclusive lifestyle led to a self-imposed hiatus--a period he chronicled on Double Fantasy songs like "Watching the Wheels."
After agonizing days at sea with twenty-foot thrashing waves, forceful winds and ultimately facing the threat of life or death, Lennon arrived in Bermuda a different man. From seasickness to being the captain at one point and the uncertainty of life, Lennon later cited the journey to Bermuda as a life altering and inspirational experience that was a major part of the catalyst for the end of his five year song writing block.
Double Fantasy was named after a flower he observed in Bermuda. He returned home not only with new songs but with a new vision and enthusiasm for life itself. Now, 32 years later, the island celebrates the late legend's enduring spirit and vision with the "John Lennon Double Fantasy Bermuda Tribute," an all-star charity concert named for that landmark recording.
The show, which takes place at the Bermuda Botanical Gardens on Friday, September 21 at 8 p.m., will feature a wide array of performers, including Heather Nova, Maxi Priest, Biggie Irie, Judie Tzuke, Roy Young and many more. The event also marks the release of several commemorative multi-media items, including the star-studded Lennon Bermuda CD and launch of a Lennon Bermuda book.
The double CD includes 32 Lennon and Lennon-McCartney classics by many of the artists participating in the concert, in addition to Paul Carrack and Lennon's widow Yoko Ono. The project, which retails for $20.00 and will also be available on the Lennon Bermuda website (www.doublefantasybermuda.com), includes a bonus video of "All You Need Is Love."
Bermuda recently unveiled a new Lennon sculpture (also called "Double Fantasy") outside the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. It was created by Bermudian artist Graham Foster. The sculpture was unveiled recently as part of the museum's "Imagine The Art of John Lennon" art exhibit.
In addition to John Lennon, Bermuda has served as inspiration for many other artists and writers from William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" to Mark Twain (who famously said, "You can go to heaven if you want, I'd rather stay in Bermuda", to Georgia O'Keeffe and Winslow Homer who painted here and whose works can be seen in Bermuda's Masterworks Museum of Art, it is a place that stirs people's passion and creative juices!
Bermuda recently embarked on a campaign called "Bermuda So Much More" which will communicate to visitors that we are much more than pretty pink beaches. Bermuda has a strong arits and cultural scene, world-class restaurants, history, and among the most highly educated, friendliest people in the world.
Bermuda is the wreck diving capital of the world and was the setting and inspiration for the famous Nick Nolte Jaqueline Bissett movie "The Deep".
Fun Facts About Bermuda, And Why You Should Visit
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