On starwars.com, I interview musician Sean Lennon about his favorite Star Wars
childhood collectibles and why the films will always be special to him.
Sean Lennon was so affected by seeing The Empire Strikes Back
that he couldn't help but test his Jedi powers as a child. "I used to stare at my mom's station wagon for hours on end trying to levitate it with my mind," the singer/songwriter laughs. "It took me some time to stop believing in the Force literally. In fact, I'm not sure I've really stopped. I just don't try to levitate things with my mind anymore. Well, not that often anyway."
Of the six films in the saga, The Empire Strikes Back
remains Lennon's all-time favorite. "The scene where Yoda describes the Force to Luke is the closest thing I can remember to a religious experience in my childhood," Lennon says. "Star Wars is more than a series of films to me, it is the mythology of a generation. It is the Iliad, The Odyssey, The Bible, Hamlet, Ulysses
, and all the other hero myths the world has ever produced. Joseph Campbell says it best in his book and interview series with Bill Moyers -- The Power of Myth
-- that the Star Wars
story is a timeless hero's journey that has been told and reinterpreted by countless generations in order to communicate important ideas about what it takes to be a human being."
"My favorite scene by far is Luke and Yoda in Dagobah," Lennon says. "Isn't that everyone's? Yoda demonstrates the nature of the Force, passing on his ancient wisdom. Then Luke must deal with his second mentor's death. Now he has lost his parents, Obi-Wan and Yoda. He knows the meaning of life and is ready to face his destiny. And I suppose I identify with Luke too because of the whole having lost his father."
FULL INTERVIEW HERE:Sean Lennon: Star Wars Memories