Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday Song Selection - John Lennon: How?

Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.

This week’s Saturday Song Selection is particularly special. On the occasion of what would have been his 70th birthday, we commemorate the life and legacy of John Lennon.

John Winston Lennon was born on October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool Maternity Hospital, Liverpool, England to Julia and Alfred Lennon. His life was taken on the evening of December 8th, 1980 in his beloved Manhattan, New York. In those tragically short 40 years he lived a life that was remarkable, renowned and best reflected in his own words.

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

It was like being in the eye of a hurricane. You'd wake up in a concert and think, Wow, how did I get here?

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.

You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

One of my first and clearest childhood memories is actually of the Beatles. Although not quite yet five, I do recall sitting in front of the big black and white television watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Even now, in my mind, I can still see the camera panning from Beatle to Beatle pausing just long enough for each one’s name to come up on the lower portion of the screen. Yes, there was actually a time when people did not yet know the names of the Beatles.

For our generation, the Beatles were far more than just a rock group, they were a mammoth cultural phenomenon - they influenced the way we dressed, the way we cut our hair, the things we cared about, the things we thought about and, of course, they completely changed the face of popular music. So, if you have any memories or any thoughts at all that you’d like to share about John Lennon or the Beatles, I very much want to encourage you to do so. This is a celebration of an extraordinary life, please feel free to leave a comment

John Lennon
October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980
The more I see the less I know for sure.


  1. Five? and you remember? Were they singing ,"I want to hold your hand?" on that Ed Sullivan Clip? Extraordinary musicians!

  2. Good question. I can picture parts of the appearance but one thing that I can't recall is the song, or songs.