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?


  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! 🙂


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