Yoko Ono has allowed the use of John Lennon's song "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" for Glee producer Ryan Murphy's other show, the NBC comedy, The New Normal, according to Artistdirect.com. The song, written about John and Yoko's then five-year-old son, Sean Lennon, was featured on Lennon's final album, 1980's Double Fantasy.
Murphy explained how he got the song at a recent panel discussion at Paley Fest in Los Angeles, saying, "We reached out to Yoko Ono to get permission to use that song for an entire act with no dialogue and she said yes." The series is based around a gay couple hiring a surrogate to carry their baby. The one-hour season finale of The New Normal will air on April 2nd. Check your local listings for stations and times.
Upon the release of John Lennon's 1980 Double Fantasy album, he was excited to spread his positive message to the baby boomer generation: "When I was singing and writing this and workin' with her, I was visualizing all the people of my age group; I'm singing to them. I'm saying, 'Here I am now, how are you? How's your relationship going -- did you get through it all? Wasn't the '70's a drag (laughter)? Here we are, let's try to make the '80s good, y'know?' It's not out of our control. I still believe in love, I still believe in peace, I still believe in positive thinking. Where there's life, there's hope. Because I always consider my work one piece and I consider that my work won't be finished until I'm dead and buried and hope that's a long, long time."