Thoughts on John Lennon

Like a lot of other people recently (given that we just passed the date of his 70th birthday), I’ve taken a bit of time to think about John Lennon. I just can’t imagine what the world would be like with him in it at the age of 70 … though I would have liked the chance to find out. Aside from his rather obvious musical achievements, I always appreciated his passionate intensity and enduring commitment to the pursuit of both art and peace.

And look at this wonderful photo of him … just a young man pouring himself a cuppa! A nice reminder that no matter how great we may become, we all share a few commonalities and simple pleasures.

While first and foremost I’ll always be a ‘George’ girl … like any Beatles fan, I know that ‘The Beatles’ just wouldn’t be ‘The Beatles’ without all four parts of the whole. Are you a fan? Or perhaps you’re a George Harrison girl (or boy) too? … Should we even dare to open up the whole Rolling Stones vs The Beatles debate?

8 Comments

  1. Gabrielle Bryden

    Love the Beatles (more than other bands who shall remain nameless but who you have named – haha). Paul McCartney, I suppose, is my favourite, but really it’s the band as a whole. I tried to comment on the previous post but there was a problem with it! So here are some favourite words: luscious, aqua, peppermint, marshmellow and cantelope (many of my favourite words appear to be food related 🙂 )

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I was figuring that as I loved the Beatles, then you would too (we’re taste ‘twins’ after all) 😉

      I think I used to like Paul the most earlier on, but maybe because he was my mum’s favourite I felt as if I had to find another … but yes, it’s the whole band that I’m a fan of too! 😀

      Sorry you couldn’t comment on my ‘favourite word’ post (silly blog glitches). Your favourite words are lovely … I particularly like luscious (sounds so rich and succulent) and cantelope (it’s such a sing-song kind of word). Food related words are A-OK by me (I love food!).

  2. Rol

    When I was younger, I was much more into the Beatles than I am now. I kinda burnt out on them in my 20s. There’s no denying their contribution to music, but the older I get, the more I find myself annoyed by Lennon’s legend and McCartney’s increasingly chirpy old age.

    George, though, can do no wrong.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – I wonder if it’s a natural evolution for a lot of people … to go through a stage of REALLY loving the Beatles, before kind of letting them fade a bit into the background. Perhaps they act as a musical stepping stone for many??? (I’m just thinking out loud).

      Your thoughts on favourite Beatles made me laugh – I too find McCartney’s ‘super happy-always smiling’ persona grates on me from time to time. However, I’m glad to see that George passes the ‘Rol’ test … in fact, I don’t think I know anyone that doesn’t love him.

  3. Sara

    Hah – I like Rol’s comment!

    John was my first favourite beatle, then Paul but I finally settled on George. it’s been that way for over a decade now so I think I’ve finally made up my mind.

    I do often think how sad it is though that John didn’t get to reach old age and hear the music made by musicians after his time that have rocked the world. I often wonder what he would have thought of Kurt Cobain, Thom Yorke and Bjork. I wonder what sort of old man he would have grown into. Sigh.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sara – It’s funny how so many of us seem to work our way through a few Beatles until settling on a ‘keeper’. I’m glad to hear that George is your favourite too … his music is wondrous! I don’t see myself ever changing from him either!

      It is a great shame that John didn’t get to grow old in the world … I would love to know what he thought of the kinds of musicians you mentioned (especially Thom Yorke) … I wonder if he himself would have continued to make music, or whether he would have moved into a different art form?

  4. Piper (DailyDivaDish)

    Such a loss. I personally am a Lennon girl. My husband is a member of the Paul club…and claims he was the biggest talent of the group. But then, we rarely have the same opinion on anything. lol! We are a constant reminder that opposites really do attract. 😉
    XO Piper

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Piper – I love that you and your husband have different views on your favourite Beatles … it sounds like me and my husband (I like George most, while he love Ringo!). We rarely agree on anything either … but I suppose that’s often what makes a perfect match! 🙂

      xx

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