Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Lennon and I

John Lennon would have been 70 today.

When I was young, John was never far from my thoughts and aspirations. I wanted to be more like him: Funny, purposeful, searching, talented.

The interesting thing is he still means so much to me. I see him as a true artist, one who could touch millions of people without pandering. I see him as a true human being, one who used his own frailties to reach others. He cared about the world. Imagine is his anthem to the world.

A page from my high school notebook

When John died, Yoko's message included their young son Sean's words: "Now daddy is part of God. I guess when you die you become much more bigger because you're part of everything."

Arguably the last song John wrote was Grow Old Along With Me:

I wish John could grow old along with Yoko. I wish John and all of us could have grown old together. We need him more than ever.


Anonymous said...

I agree. I used to have a Beatles poster in my room and when he died I wrote the date on that poster...kept it for many years...It was the first time I cried when someone famous died. I was 12 years old.

Dimitri Zafiriou said...

Fabulous...absolutely fabulous...

Lizzie, The Vintage Traveler said...

"You say you've got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We are doing what we can
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is, brother, you'll have to wait."

If only we all were so wise. Thanks for the lovely tribute, Maggie.