Imagine by John Lennon – My Solo Piano Version

What this post is about

I love the song Imagine by John Lennon; not only because it is a musical master piece, but the lyrics are so deep and inspiring!

So I thought I’d make it into an instrumental version for solo piano, and attach a little message to it. That’s how the idea of the video was born. John’s lyrics are the perfect message for Donald Trump. I explain it in detail below, but you may want to first watch the video. It is pretty self-explanatory.

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Learn how I arranged the song Imagine for Solo Piano

In case you are a keyboardist who wants to learn how I arranged this song I have good news for you: I posted an article on my blog at with the sheet music where I show you the arranging techniques I used to creat my piano solo version.

But before you head over there, please read on if you are at all interested in the political context I put this song in.

Imagine – A Message for Donald Trump

Why this song is more relevant than ever today

John’s song (written almost 30 years ago) could have been written today as a message to Donald Trump.
Because the world John invisions in his song “Imagine” couldn’t be more different from the world Donald Trump represents. John sings about his vision of a unified peaceful and all inclusive world “No Possessions…, …No Countries (no country = no boarders)…, Sharing All The World…, about Brotherhood and Peace”.  
Contrary to that Trump is all about possessions and isolationism, strongly focused on creating a disconnected world ruled by self-centered leaders who all fight for themselves while taking advantage of the less privileged.

 Thank you John for this wonderful and timeless song!
And peace to all of us!

By Thomas Gunther

Thomas Gunther (known in Germany a Thommy Günther) is a jazz pianist and contemporary keyboardist, composer & song writer, arranger & orchestrator, music producer, and educator of contemporary music genre and styles. Originally from Germany, he lives in Chicago IL, USA. He has been an active member of the Chicago music scene for over 20 years, a professor of music at Columbia College Chicago, and creator of,, He is an expert in music notation using Finale (by Makemusic) and produces and records music with Logic Pro x (Apple, inc).

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