Twenty nine years ago tonight I was at home, safe in my tiny triplex, watching Monday Night Football, lounging on a very ugly, distastefully yellow and brown recliner, recently found near the dumpster at the local Jack in the Box where my girlfriend worked. We lived together, right around the corner on lucky 13th Street in Newhall, California. I worked at a nearby liquor store in Saugus, which explained our extremely diverse bar in our dining room. Anyway, I was drinking cinnamon schnapps, intent on just wasting away another Monday night watching football. The Dolphins and Patriots game had gone into overtime when Howard Cosell announced to the nation that John Lennon had been shot in New York City. (A guy named Smith, I believe, won the game on a field goal for the Miami Dolphins.) Seconds later the phone started ringing off the hook, there was a lot of confusion and tears and lame hopeless jokes.
Anyway, here are some John Lennon quotes:
“Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.”
“I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another.}
"If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it."
“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.”
“As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.”
"Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that
ruins it for me."
“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”
“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.”
"Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem."
“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
“Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.”
“Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.”