Remember John Lennon

Posted by Miss Ess, October 9, 2010 01:45pm | Post a Comment
I think everyone who loves music is probably thinking about John Lennon today, on what would have been his 70th birthday. Though his life was tragically short, I think it's safe to say he will never be forgotten. His songs, thoughts, concepts, will continue to inspire people on and on....

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It's impossible to choose a favorite track. Each of Lennon's best songs, especially over time as his career wore on in the Beatles and beyond, presents a different mood, a tiny world, a personal statement. And I think the thing that endears John to us is his brutal honesty and genuine, plain emotion coupled with the fact that he was clearly and continually grappling with the world and his place in it, just like all of us. That he was taken so tragically and unnecessarily is beyond heartbreaking.

"Look at Me" - Plastic Ono Band

"(Just Like) Starting Over" - Double Fantasy

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" - Help

"Don't Let Me Down" - Past Masters 2

"Mother" - Plastic Ono Band

"How Do You Sleep" - Imagine

Lennon's voice is indelibly entwined with so many of our lives. Pretty much my first memory is of being in my parents' car on a road trip and listening to Double Fantasy's "Watching the Wheels" (yes, I even remember which song was playing in particular), watching my dad drum along on the steering wheel. I can't have been more than 5 years old. The incredibly intense impact Lennon has had over the years on the world comes down to personal moments like that, times a zillion.

For more, you can check out a previous post with several more of his best songs collected together here, and one with a photo gallery here.

Moreover, you can read a review of the latest Lennon reissues by the always-on-target Richie Unterberger here.

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