Sunday, December 04, 2005

December 8, 1980



I was 14. I was a fan of the Rolling Stones. My cousin Alex was the Beatles fan. I was all about the emotion of rock and roll. Alex was into the heady side. He called me that night to tell me that Lennon had been shot. I'm sure we both went back to our rooms and turned the stereo to the local rock station. Beatles/Lennon songs filled the playlist. Fans called remembering John. The next evening, there was a tribute show on the radio. Alex recorded it. I bet he still has it in a closet somewhere.
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

At the time, I suppose I didn't see Lennon's death as anything more than a celebrity of the recent past meeting a cruel and untimely death. I know I watched all the tv specials. But as I've gotten older, I've paid more attention to the man John Lennon. Here was a gentle soul with a platform to do just about whatever he wished. Yet, he used his platform to try to make the world a better place. Sitting here in 2005, I'm pretty certain the world isn't a much better place than it was back in the early 70s. The more I think about it, the scarier the parallels. The world may not have changed much, but I know we're better off having heard the songs of John Lennon.

All we are saying is give peace a chance

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Give peace a chance as we are hit and loose 3,000 lives. Peace through strength. I only hope we can stop them before they can hit us again. We have to be on guard always.

Milo said...

perhaps you missed the 9/11 commmission report that gave the government Fs for homeland security. 270 billion wasted in Iraq could have gone a long way in fixing that. Before this is over, W will have killed as many in Iraq as died in the WTC.

Anonymous said...

homeland security is a joke. I'm not on the 9/11 comission and I would give them an F. We are not anymore secure than we were before. Searching a 90 year old grandma for bombs.... look at the people from the Muslem countries. Racial Profile and do a good job. That will help in securing our borders and protectinig us..

Milo said...

there is nothing you can do to stop a maniac with an explosive belt. Just ask the Israelis.