A Day in the Life

So this is Christmas

And what have you done

Another year over

And a new one just begun

As a protest against the Vietnam War, John Lennon sang these words in 1971.  9 years later he’d be dead.

Although it felt far removed from me at the time, I distinctly remember the fateful news of his death on December 8th, 1980.  However, growing up I’d always been partial to Paul’s soothing vocals and soft features.

In fact, it wasn’t until listening to “Mother” from his first post-Beatles solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band 30+ years after it had been written that I made a real connection to him and his music.

I was completely flattened by the sheer rawness and power of his words as he screamed them out.  The unfiltered pain and honesty.  I still am.

To my mind there has never been a better example of a figure in pop culture with the courage to do and say what he believed was right – protesting a war or professing his love for the woman people blamed for the break-up of the beloved Beatles.

Written 5 years after he’d laid down his guitar and decided to live deliberately after most of his life in the spotlight, nothing illustrates this better than his lyrics to “Watching the Wheels” released shortly before his death:

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round

I really love to watch them roll

No longer riding on the merry-go-round

I just had to let it go

To honor John Lennon on the anniversary of his death, I’d like to share “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” with you.  Take a few minutes to listen and see if you can feel the power and emotion in his words and music.

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A very Merry Christmas and Happy 2015 to you and your loved ones!

Tim

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6 thoughts on “A Day in the Life

  1. Nice one mate. it’s even better than “Do They Know It’s Christmas! Seriously, no one gets genuine sentiment over better than the great man. Talk about the genuine article.
    Merry Christmas.

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  2. Hey Tim,
    I am not sure if I can remember the day of John Lennons death. But I can remember that I really loved Imagine and Just like starting over, when they played it on the radio, back then in December 1980. And the best thing is: I still love those songs…
    Have a great christmas time!
    Josef

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  3. Thanks for tribute to John on the anniversary of his death. I was also pretty young on the day he was shot, but can still remember the headline the next day in our local newspaper, “We loved you, yeah, yeah, yeah.” Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year to you as well.

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