Google as well as other media giants have honored what would have been the 70th birthday of John Lennon on October 9, 2010. Google drew a doodle to commemorate Lennon’s birthday. CNN’s “Larry King Live” interviewed the two surviving members of The Beatles to talk about Lennon’s life and career. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sat down with the interviewer for a long chat that included Yoko Ono according to CNN. The Seattle Post Intelligencer explained the Google doodle blog said that this is the “first-ever animated video doodle.” Ono didn’t realize the significance of the date until many people contacted her saying there will be tributes all over the world including concerts, films, and reissues of Lennon’s music.
Lennon’s Work in My Life
As a writer, John Lennon and I may have a few things in common. John Lennon was all about putting feelings to music and few did better to convey social turmoil, sadness, happiness, healing, and compassion than Lennon. The Beatles are still famous even though they haven’t toured together in 40 years. Lennon had a successful solo career until his tragic death in 1980.
My three favorite songs by Lennon speak to social change and using your creativity to make a better world in which to live. “Imagine” is my absolute favorite. The song is a simple take on just thinking about what life would be like if we relied on ourselves, talked to each other, and improved our own lives. It was a powerful message that told us to slow down and think before we act heinously.
“Give Peace a Chance” was an anti-war mantra for those protesting the Vietnam War in the 1960s. This song certainly rang true for me when many of my wife and I’s relatives were put in harm’s way during the early years of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although we supported the troops, we didn’t support the warmongering policies of the Bush administration. “Give Peace a Chance” was a reminder that we are all one and on the same planet.
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is often seen as a drug induced hallucinogenic romp according to SongFacts. However, the song is about a drawing that Julian Lennon (John’s son) had drawn that was inspired by his classmate named Lucy. Other imagery was inspired by “Alice in Wonderland.”
All three of these songs make me stop and think about what’s really important. Thinking and imagining are two things that all great people of society do when they want to change things for the better. Change simply starts with an idea which is what these three songs impart and inspire us to do every day.
Amongst the many tributes for Lennon’s birthday include a tribute concert in Los Angeles with Yoko Ono and Lady Gaga. Many of John Lennon’s recordings will be digitally re-mastered and released for sale in CDs and on the Internet. Tributes are planned for the two months following Lennon’s birthday.
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest will also be judged by Yoko Ono. They invite you to send in your songs about love, protest, and free expression in honor of Lennon’s birthday. The contest ends October 29, 2010.
Browne, David-Lennon’s birthday marked with movies, reissues, more from CNN.com.
Ralph, Amy-Google honors John Lennon’s birth, not his death from blog.seattlepi.com.
Songfacts-Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by the Beatles Songfacts from Songfacts.com.
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest-Happy Birthday John! from www.jlsc.com.