Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Message

"I don't like his music and I sure don't agree with most of what he said, but anyone should be able to walk down the street in this country without being shot."

This is what said my father 27 years ago upon hearing about John's death.
(Of course I told him that he most likely heard John's music every day and started naming some songs. He decided that he did like the music after all as long as someone else was doing it.)

I have to marvel at the irony that so many of our most peaceful people have such violent departures from this planet. I think that may be one of the ways in which they go on teaching us. John was certainly a great teacher/messenger. His message continues to be heard even though he physically left long ago. Maybe it still rings so clear because he left after he had stated it as clearly as he could and, having no more to say, exited in a way that put a big exclamation point at the end.

It is up to us to imagine the world the way he did.

No need to name the soundtrack to this post.

4 comments:

Sienna said...

.....and it is one of my all time favorite songs.

I have a much older brother and sister that introduced me to The Beatles, long after they disbanded. I thought their music was simply amazing (and still is!).

I followed, with interest, and bought all their solo music from there.

I don't think I'll ever get to the understanding of why they are taken so early, but like you I appreciate their teachings even long after.
Such a huge contrast isn't it?
The man that wrote and sang Imagine should be murdered.

Long live his music and message.

Pam

konagod said...

Reminds me of my father. He hated the music I listened to. He favored "easy listening" radio station which I despised. It was crappy instrumental "elevator" music completely ripped off from other artists. And I used to always call his attention to the fact when one of the songs on the radio was actually a watered-down version of something I liked -- by a real band. And often it would be a Beatles song.

Yep, there was a lot of animosity between us on that front.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

John is still quoted and missed nearly every day in this home.

seventh sister said...

My father and I did not have much anomosity regarding music, just about how loud I listened to it.

I'm sure, Heart. In my house, too.