This past week marked 37 years since John Lennon died Dec. 8, 1980. I often think about what more he could have done if he were still here.
It’s a sad thought, tempered only by the enormous contribution he left behind.
His bestselling and most popular solo song, “Imagine” is packed with simple but powerful lyrics. Its message is as relevant today as it ever was.
I hope you enjoy this timeless song,
“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one …”
I’m still in NYC and the other night, I watched a biography about David Geffen. He is a business magnate, producer, and film studio executive. It was his record company that produced Double Fantasy, John Lennon’s last album.
I have read that Double Fantasy was not well received initially, that it was a step back by an artist who had already retired. Of course, fate intervened.
The record released November 17, 1980, less than a month before John Lennon was killed.
NYC will always connect me with John Lennon, and among the noise and turbulence of the past week, both here and in the rest of the world, I’m slowing it down, as I imagine Lennon would have when he wrote this song.
Enjoy and have a peaceful week,
I’m finishing September and the Britpop series with one of the biggest hits for the band, Oasis.
“Don’t Look Back in Anger” received its title inspiration from David Bowie’s song “Look Back In Anger.” You might also notice the piano intro resembles that of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and “Watching the Wheels.” Both Bowie and the Beatles were heavy influencers for Oasis.
Hope you enjoy the song, and like it says, don’t look back in anger. 😉
Have a terrific week,
It’s Canadian Thanksgiving, and yes, I love turkey even when it’s cold.
To those celebrating today, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
To everyone else, enjoy John Lennon and have a great week,
“(Just Like) Starting Over” means different things to different people. Though I always feel a bit melancholy when listening to this song, I’m forever grateful that John Lennon once walked amongst us.
When I think about musical artists who instill compassion, his name rises to the top. I wrote about John Lennon on the 30 year anniversary of his death back in December.
“Stand by Me” is a song with a compassionate message, and though I like the Ben E. King version, I really love this one.
John Lennon is gone, and so is my favorite Beatle, George Harrison, but Paul McCartney is still going strong. On the popular SNL show this evening, he danced a skit in a cowboy outfit, played a mini-harmonica, and did a segment on “Weekend Update” with Seth Meyers where he mimicked Camilla Parker-Bowles. He was funny without even trying.
Sir Paul also performed (and looked svelte and sexy doing it) several musical numbers, two from his band Wings—”Jet” and “Band on the Run,” a medley of “A Day in the Life” and “Give Peace a Chance,” and closed out the show with “Get Back.”
Though his voice was noticeably weaker than it used to be, I still got a warm and fuzzy feeling watching him. In my opinion, he’s one half of the greatest song-writing duo in modern music, and I’m so inspired to see he’s still rocking after all this time—46 years after he first performed in New York with the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Maybe I’m amazed.
I won’t normally blog twice in a day, but I couldn’t let today go by without writing about someone who has meant so much to so many, including me.
John Lennon—murdered Dec. 8, 1980. I’ve been watching shows about him for the past week. Today, the radio station played George Harrison’s song “All Those Years Ago.” It was his tribute song to John Lennon, released the year after Lennon’s death. I was in the car at the time, and although it’s an upbeat song—I cried.
I am older now than John Lennon was when he died. That seems so strange to me. I feel so inferior in my accomplishments compared to what he did in his short life. I will always see him as the brilliant songwriter, the sage, and the peaceful warrior. Someone like him doesn’t come around too often, making his senseless death all the more tragic.
Every December 8th, I wonder what more he could have done for music. How would he have embraced the technology age? What would he have thought about the current state of world politics?
We can only speculate how much more John Lennon would have accomplished if he were still alive today.