(not our great poet Flanagan)
“Imagine there’s no heaven,
it’s easy if you try.
No hell below us,
only sky. . .
Imagine all the people,
living life in peace. . .”
Being an avid fan of music, I have read a lot of biographies of phenomenal figures in the industry. Interestingly, they all have unique stories to tell the world. But among them all, no one intrigues me like John Lennon does.
And I mean DOES, ‘cause up to now, I am still “squeezing” my brain; and, I am still pulling my imagination, in trying to figure—as to what’s the story behind his hallmark song, Imagine–
For it touches religion, politics, dreams, and life
in general in intriguing ways. Although Beatles manipulated the airwaves for consecutive years, and that most of their songs topped the Billboards in the late twentieth-century, but Imagine—has nailed Lennon’s legacies—both as a composer and a singer.
He passed away in 1980, in New York City, and at the age of forty.
Indeed, decades have gone by, yet he is never forgotten even in this twenty-first-century. Perhaps it’s because, no one can write as fiercely as John, who is candid, brave; radical, bold and far more than liberal in scribbling his musing about the world, about love, and everything under the sun and above the moon. What is more mind-blowing, he put them in melodies, and the world still sing them ‘til now.
Furthermore, there are lots of people who are imagining what if John have live longer? What if he’s still with us? How would his presence impact the music industry? How would his stature pose threat(s) to politics and the governments of both Britain and America? Would radical thinking have its own genre? Let’s hear some “Imagining-John:”
“Lennon’s death still reverberates with stunning force; it has lost none of its impact over the past decade. For anyone who cared about the Beatles and Lennon’s individual vision and political activism, his impulse to experiment and his willingness to speak the unwelcome truth, the world is simply a less enjoyable, less engaging place without him. For those inclined to speculate, it is easy to imagine that his presence could have blunted the hard edges of the Eighties, that his humor, intelligence and sense of integrity could have proven a strong tonic for the spirit in those cynical times,” A. DeCurtis.
“Jacqueline Edmondson, a Lennon biographer, lauded him as ‘an incredibly creative and brilliant man. I don’t doubt that he would have pushed boundaries in music and art. Lennon was instrumental in redefining music in the 1960s and 1970s, but he also engaged with film, art, social protest and writing. My guess is that he would have continued to explore new genres, push boundaries and experiment with different art and music forms,’” Bucky Fox.
“The visual legacy of John Lennon is in Christchurch and Beatles fans will have the chance to secure their little slice of pop history. . . Imagine the Art of John Lennon is a collection of original sketches, fine art prints and handwritten song manuscripts,” Abbie Napier.
“Just when it seemed as if love was all you needed, Lennon’s legacy took a body blow in 1988 when Albert Goldman published his poisonous book “The Lives of John Lennon.” Even if the conventional image of the singer’s final years–years said to have been spent baking bread, romping in Central Park with Sean and in bed with Yoko–always seemed a bit cloying and sanitized, the picture that Goldman painted was appalling. Goldman’s Lennon was a gay, schizoid, anorexic heroin addict. Ono he liked less. As John Lahr put it in The New York Times Book Review, ‘Obviously, Mr. Goldman feels that the wrong Lennon was shot,’” Giles et Al.
There are many more others. . .
Some are good, and some are bad. . .
I Am Not a Fan
Personally, I was only eight, when he passed away. Although at that age, I was scribbling poems already, I didn’t know much of the facts. And no matter how I research, I still couldn’t find answers to my questions.
Regardless, if one ask me, how I imagine Lennon–I’ll say, “I believe: he was a good musician. He was a very good lyricist. Most importantly, he was madly in love with love,”
just like me. That although, I am not one of his fans, but those (mentioned) and all of his invaluable contributions (be known or not) to music, are more than enough for me to say: May he find heaven. May he not be in hell. May he truly rest in peace!
Abbie, N. (2014, March 19). JOHN LENNON RETRO Imagine all his artworks. Press, The. p. A10.
De Curtis, A. A. (1990). The legacy of John Lennon. Rolling Stone, (593/594), 122.
Fox, Bucky (2014, April 3). Imagine If John Lennon Had Lived A Longer Life. Investors Business Daily. p. A03.
Giles, J., Chebatoris, J., Lyle, G., & Saito, S. (2005). LENNON LIVES. Newsweek, 146(22), 60.
Thank you Almighty One!
Thank you everyone! Enjoy your weekend and the coming week without a frown: Have fun!