Friday, December 08, 2006

John Lennon, 26 Years Later

So play the game "Existence" to the end,
of the beginning, of the beginning...
image: (beatlesuk)

I was sitting in a dorm room -Anderson Hall at Miami University - 26 years ago today with some pals watching Monday Night Football when Howard Cosell broke the news about John Lennon's murder. At the time, I was deeply saddened and actually pissed that I had to listen to that old blowhard tell me about the importance of Lennon. WTF did he know from John Lennon?

I went through a phase in high school when I morphed from having no interest in music at all to discovering the Beatles (and Steely Dan, to be honest). I bought a knock-off violin bass (Univox) and a crappy old bass amp with a bad tube that would fade out after around 10 minutes, just because I wanted to be Paul McCartney.

I had a pal in college and flight school who I used to debate whether Paul or John was the greater Beatle. Was the melody more important or the lyrics? I was a Paul guy. I still dig the melody and rhythm more than the lyrics to most tunes.

But the Lennon songs remain the most edgy and adventurous- Strawberry Fields and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, and the two versions of Revolution, just to name a few. If you are not a Beatlemanic, you may not know the song, "Tomorrow Never Knows" from Revolver. To me, it is the quintessential John Lennon Beatles song. I don't think Beatles songs are available on ITunes, and it looks like you can't even sample it on Amazon or B&N, but you all may know of another way to get the song or the whole album via the Web.


PB said...

Of all the acid trip type of songs that the Beatles constructed, "Tomorrow Never Knows" is my all time favorite.

It's one of John's finest.

I had a conversation with one of my students today about his favorite genre: Heavy Metal. He started off the conversation with, "Do you know what today is? The death of the Pantera guitarist. It should be a national holiday.

I responded, "Only if they give us a holiday for John Lennon first."

He didn't get it.

Yep...getting older we are...

Bill Purdy said...

Hey Scott, here's a good Beatles-related blogpost I think you'll enjoy reading: Good Beatles Post.

Keep up the good work.

CasonBlog said...

Use to be you couldn't escape the Beatles influence in music. I think we are getting old if kids starting point is urrgh, Pantera.

Great link Bill. I just sent a note to JP describing how much I dug Ringo's drumming on Tomorrow...