Do You See Him?
Today is John Lennon's 70th Birthday. He is far and away one of the most influential people in recent social history and has done so much for Music, Peace, Love and New York. I consider myself a huge fan of his work and even more-so, his attitude and lifestyle.
There are so many celebrities and especially today most of them are basically created in some Public Relations test tube, ready to change their look, style or sound at the drop of a hat. John came to represent the beauty and necessity in being oneself. Throughout his career, from The Quarrymen, to Mop-Topped Beatles, to the tripped-out, Walrus-era Beatles, to the fur coat-wearing, 'We know this is the end of something big' Beatles, then onto his Solo Imagine Days and then in his later years, his Rockabilly Renaissance (Don't forget his Lost Weekend away from Yoko that actually lasted a year and a half), John said and sang what he thought and never thought twice about it. He claimed that he, and a group of cockney minstrels were "More Popular Than Jesus" and when the records started burning, he didn't even back down from that comment, he just kind of refined it. I would have no problems claiming that he is one of the most talented songsmiths and role models a person could come across. Now I'm not going to make comparisons, but have your heard Jesus' albums... It's pretty much crap (although some of the early stuff is good).
Today I take a small time out on what would be his 70th Birthday to thank him for his contributions to Music and Humanity, my two favorite things.
John Lennon 1940 ~ 1980
Song #304: John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth
BONUS SONG: John Lennon - Steel and Glass