Seventy five years ago, this bloke was born in Liverpool and …

Seventy-five years ago today, a baby named John Winston Lennon was born in the English port city of Liverpool, the son of an intinerant seaman and his wife Julia.

You know what happened after that. So to mark the day and everything that came afterward, here’s John singing one of his many hits as a solo artist:

“I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round, I just love to watch them roll,

No longer riding on the merry go round, I just had to let it go ….”

I always try to keep politics out of my Friday musical offerings, but listening to those words, I can’t help but think that somewhere in Washington, John Boehner is sitting with a glass of red wine and a cigarette, thinking much the same thing. But that merry go round just won’t let him go quite yet.

Have a good weekend everybody.

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St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

No song, just a deep connection from us native savages to Mr Lennon.

We know better than most, that the only way They can fight the message is try to kill the messenger

But they cant kill us all, and the message will win.

I sincerely hope at the end of this whole civilization thing, his words about him & Jaysus end up being true. I think they will

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@St Simons he-ne-ha 

St. Simons, if you listen to the James Taylor interview, in my link below, about John Lennon, you will see that Lennon's remark about The Beatles' being greater than Jesus was not hubris on Lennon's part but was, instead, Lennon's ironic and lightly humorous way of pointing out the misplaced values of any society which would consider The Beatles to be greater than Jesus.

Your tribute to John Lennon was a thoughtful and sensitive one.  Thank you for making your thoughts and feelings public.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

“It’s better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out. I don’t appreciate worship of dead Sid Vicious or of dead James Dean or of dead John Wayne. It’s the same thing. Making Sid Vicious a hero, Jim Morrison — it’s garbage to me. I worship the people who survive. Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo.”  – John Lennon

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

James Taylor on John Lennon and Yoko Ono:

 "They wanted to be on the cutting edge and not to be slowed down, or bogged down, by the lowest common denominator of what the public pictured of him. . . .He thought that he should do something with his bully pulpit. . . .They wanted to say something that mattered. . . . They wanted to do it their way.  They didn't want to be a news anchor, or a politician, or an academic. They wanted to be artists. . . . Bob Dylan changed his idea of what a public artist could do. .  . .Nothing froze him until he was shot.  I heard him shot."  (8:45 - 20:00)

Please listen to John Lennon's words in his song, which is sung by James Taylor in tribute to John Lennon and who he was, at the very end of the video.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@Kamchak 

She has both the face and voice of an angel, Kam, make that a sexy angel.  :-)

Mick11
Mick11

penses

Nope.

Lennon was imperfect as we all are, his son has made peace with his father's memory and was rightfully envious of his brother's relationship with their father.  He was getting it all together when his life was tragically snuffed out.

Keith richards is still here though, delight in him-


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oChbIwaTo9Q

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Mick11 

Keith Richards on John Lennon:  "He was outrageous. A beautiful spirit.  A free spirit."

Penses
Penses

As I have said before, though the Beatles had almost reached their breaking point by the time I started listening to them as a young kid, I became a huge fan of theirs. They gave us great music. Lennon and McCartney were arguably the best song writing duo in popular music of all time. Even someone as prolific a songwriter as John Hall has said their output was unbelievable.

But as I grew up and grew wiser, I came to see John (and Paul) as who he really was. So I do not now have a high opinion of the man who, for some inexplicable and ridiculous reason, has become for many a prophet of "peace". Yet it was his first son Julian, shunned by his father for years after his divorce from Cynthia and left out of his will, who cuttingly said after his death that John shouldn't have been preaching peace if he never practised it at home, with his family. And, now, a very unflattering book has been published which, even if only half true, makes Lennon out to be a monster rather than a saint:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3258235/A-cruel-greedy-selfish-monster-peace-loving-visionary-No-argues-blistering-book-John-Lennon-nasty-piece-work-epitomised-age-self-obsession.html

Hope I didn't burst anyones' "bubble". 

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@Penses 

Most of us are fully aware that Lennon's chemical spirituality didn't heal his dichotomy but, in fact, made it worse. He had a lot of fans anyway, especially considering the permissive times, but my heroes are those who are doing it the right way - through the power of real love.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Penses 

crass piece of writing, all judgement and gross labels,

thus, for our Penses, the appeal.

Penses
Penses

@MaryElizabethSings

I'm not sure anyone could burst your "bubble", ME - even if armed with great and incontrovertible evidence contrary to what you believe.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Penses 

I never think of anyone in terms of all "saint" or all "sinner" so you have not burst any "bubble" for me.  My opinion of John Lennon remains the same.

Btw, that is a crass piece of writing, all judgement and gross labels, in your link.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TomMiddleton 

Easy on the eyes, too.

I admit I haven't been following contemporary country lately because, well, it sounds like what I called southern rock back in the day.

The sistas are adding a new branch to the country tree and they're bringing it old school with some great vocals and melodies.

Another very talented and attracted young woman bringing it old school:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIYjbCvIX5U

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@Kamchak @TomMiddleton 

Thanks again, Kam. Love this new world we're coming into. There's light at the end of that tunnel in which we were born. I'm seeing (and hearing) it as we speak!!!!

Mick11
Mick11

mary

Yes, a true artist puts it out there like it or not...here is a gem of an interview with lennon upon the release of the abbey road album, he discusses each track, you never would have known that the beatles were at the end-

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moXvDqOp5Ms

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Mick11 

Thank you for this link, Mick.  It was delightful to hear John Lennon and Yoko Ono speaking in such a relaxed and informal manner.  Ringo Starr is amazing in his old age, as is Paul McCartney.

John started out as a visual artist, and his whimsical side came out delightfully in his artwork throughout his life.  I have the print of his "He Tried to Consult the Stars But No One Returned His Calls" in my home, which I enjoy daily.  If anyone would like to preview John Lennon's artwork, go to this link.  You may have to enlarge each picture to see it well.  He did his caricatures in black and white for the most part.  Yoko did the pastel overlays, for marketing reasons, herself, because she did not like the work that the coloring artist (she had hired) had done to Lennon's artwork. Her pastel overlays are sensitive, unobtrusive, and in harmony with John's mind/spirit, coming through his art.


http://www.fascinationstart.com/john_lennon_private

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Mick11 

 Lennon:  "Once the doors open, the floodgates open.  I can't help writing about things and I think that applies to all of us (The Beatles). The songs just come out."

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

My God! Can you imagine John (if he were alive) walking out on stage at the age of 75?


It is easy to imagine Paul doing it--he still is!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Mick11 

I hear a man who hungered for truth, declared, regardless.
In other words, I hear an artist.

straker
straker

@Mick11


But...but...but...but...but....all the fundamentalist cons here just KNOW that Jesus is their personal savior.


Why, he even wants them to keep almost all of their earnings and give as little as possible to the poor.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Mick11 

I do not have to believe spiritually as John Lennon believed (and I don't) to appreciate his artistry and the brutal honesty of his truths stated boldly, and with deepened sensitivity.
He went for it, down to the core, and he will last.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

Old Engineer

Didn't know you played the bagpipes. Wow! Ever heard of these folks - the Tannahill Weavers? Here they are playing a reel coupled with an early Gordon Lightfoot song - "Marie Christine." What an awesome group. Been a fan for years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ryrOtoN0II


OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@TomMiddleton Never heard tell of them before, but thanks for the pointer - great sound. I've always said that I'd not put such a thing (the bagpipe thingie) in my mouth while wearing a skirt in public, so no, no musical ability here. I can barely play a radio, EE degrees and Ham Radio licenses since the 60’s notwithstanding.

Please come and find us at Stone Mountain. We'll be the only artisan vendors with lights (hint). We used to travel a lot more than we do now, but shortly we'll be opening a major new "first of its kind" business in Gwinnett County and will be significantly reducing that schedule. See ya there, hopefully!