John Lennon (1940 – 1980)

8 12 2008

I can’t possibly tell you how much John Lennon’s music means to me, or to the world.  He broke so much new ground, and opened so many eyes and hearts, that mountains of words have already been written about the man and his music.  He was a working-class kid with seemingly limitless talent and compassion, and he stayed true to that in his life and in his music.

For me, Lennon is as significant a figure in human history as Aristotle, Benjamin Franklin, Copernicus, and anyone else notable in the textbooks.

I also can’t possibly pick one track of his, so here are a few to whet your appetite.  I’ll let him speak for himself:

“In My Life” by The Beatles (1965).  Tender and breathtakingly beautiful.

“Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles (1966).  Years and years ahead of its time.

“Come Together” by The Beatles (1969).  Some of his last work with The Beatles, and brilliant.

“Jealous Guy” by John Lennon (1971).  One of the best love songs ever written.

“Imagine” by John Lennon (1971).  A truly great gift John gave to the world.

(The music starts about 45 seconds into the video)

Yes, I’m okay.  I just got something in my eye.  Both eyes, actually.

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