Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Celebrating John Lennon

I was a Beatlemaniac....40+ years ago....I guess you could say that I am still a Beatlemanic because I have a poster of all four of the Beatles and the John Lennon Imagine Poster hanging at my desk. I also have Beatles art in my home, posters and memorabilia as well as a wonderful lithograph done by John of John and Yoko under a tree. Its called Family Tree and it has given me hours of pleasure as I go about my days, seeing it as I come in the front door and remember....

John Lennon's 70th year hits hard for two reasons...One--- its hard to believe that I am old enough to have seen the Beatles play twice, once at the Cow Palace ( They played "Can't Buy Me Love"! and "If I Fell") and their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco (They played "Day Tripper" and "Paperback Writer")...and Two.... we have missed 30 years of his wonderful music, art, literature---a huge loss to the world.

So we celebrate John's 70th Year...His art and music live on. I have been to the Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park in New York across from the Dakota where he lived. There is a round mosaic with the words "Imagine" in the middle of it. Imagine...all the people....John was one of the original Beatles, one of the most successful bands of all time. He was part of one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. He had 27 #1 hit singles and Rolling Stone called him the 5th greatest singer of all time. In 2002, a BBC poll voted him 8th of the 100 Greatest Britons.

John played many instruments, including the guitar, banjo, harmonica, flute, and the piano. He created a band with his wife, Yoko Ono called John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band that was formed after the Beatles and began to expose more of who John really was. Lots of experimental music during that time, but he also came out with "Imagine" and "Starting Over, two of my favorite John Lennon songs. He was a very talented musician, an author, an artist, and a singer. He used his fame and popularity to make the world a better place. There are so many great Lennon songs, check here to see some of my favorites......

"In My Life"
"Don't Let Me Down"
"I Feel Fine"
"Norwegian Wood"
"I Am the Walrus"
"Strawberry Fields Forever"
"A Day in the Life"
"You Got To Hide Your Love Away"
"I'm So Tired"
"All You Need is Love"

Browse through all John Lennon sheet music here.

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