In both love and songwriting, it's hard to find the perfect partner. So you might say the musician Sean Lennon, got doubly lucky when he met Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

(Soundbite of song, "Lavender Road")

Mr. SEAN LENNON and Ms. CHARLOTTE KEMP MUHL (Singers-Songwriters): (Singing) Where does the time go? Down Lavender Road...

KELLY: Lennon and Muhl have been dating for four years, and now they've started a band. They call it The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Their debut album comes out today.

(Soundbite of song, "Lavender Road")

Mr. LENNON and Ms. MUHL: (Singing) Here we go, pulling up the curtains on the magic show...

KELLY: It's a pretty acoustic record, filled with wild surrealistic imagery. Lennon and Muhl co-wrote all the songs. And they recorded them alone in their living room studio.

Mr. LENNON: We wanted to do it really stripped down because we started the band, just the two of us, you know, writing songs in our bed and it was really kind of an important moment for us.

(Soundbite of song "Jardin de Luxembourg")

Mr. LENNON and Ms. MUHL: (Singing) Though you can't intimidate the trees, snow that's sweating in the terrible breeze...

KELLY: Like father, like son. Lennon is of course the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and a serious musician in his own right. Muhl is a model with a penchant for poetry. So it was not immediately apparent that they would find a connection in music. In fact, Lennon says Muhl waited a year before revealing her talents.

Mr. LENNON: She was my girlfriend and I thought I knew everything about her. And she was very secretive about the music thing. And then she - her friend from her childhood in Georgia came to New York and they played me three songs that they had written when they were 14. I was like how did you manage to keep this from me?

I knew she was a writer, but I didn't know she could play and sing.

(Soundbite of song)

Ms. MUHL: (Singing) Unlike that day, it started to rain.

KELLY: Since then, the two have written dozens of songs together. Lennon taught Muhl music theory and several new instruments. Muhl has helped Lennon focus on the words.

Ms. MUHL: I think Victorian science is sort of our favorite aesthetic. You know, right when the world was still sort of crafted of leather and wood, but they were discovering atoms and electricity.

(Soundbite of a song)

Mr. LENNON and Ms. MUHL: (Singing) Aluminum and paperclips, refridgerator parts, microchips. (Unintelligible)

KELLY: Sean Lennon says he never set out to find a songwriting partner. He just fell in love.

(Soundbite of song, "Schrodinger's Cat")

Mr. LENNON and Ms. MUHL: (Singing) Like a tree that falls alone in the woods without a sound...

KELLY: And you can watch a video of Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger on our web site at

You're listening to Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.


And I'm Steve Inskeep.

(Soundbite of song, "Schrodinger's Cat")

Mr. LENNON and Ms. MUHL: (Singing) Like a tree that falls alone in the woods without a sound...

Copyright © 2010 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from