Saturday, October 9, 2010
John Lennon would have turned 70 today. I have said that The Beatles were the closest thing that I ever got close to as a religion, and that John has always been my hero. The Beatles were not just another rock group, from Rubber Soul through Let It Be, The Beatles explained their thoughts on life, love, politics and philosophy while being the most innovative rock band of all time.
I did a philosophy project in college on The Beatles. I received an A+ from my philosophy professor at Emerson College. The project was on the psycological influence of The Beatles' lyrics on a generation we now call Boomers. Emerson is a premiere arts college with broadcasting, theater and speech as its specialty. I will share just one nugget of what will be a book that I am bound to write.
The Gospel according to St. John:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was good.
On The Beatles' song The Word John sang:
In the beginning I misunderstood but now I've got it, the word is good. Spread the word and you'll be free. Spread the word and be like me. Spread the worda I'm thinking of, have you heard the word is love? It's so fine, It's sunshine, It's the word, love.
From that point of the word love became sunshine with The Beatles. From Good Day Sunshine through Here Comes the Sun, the word “sun” became the word love.
I never met John Lennon. But he was my friend and mentor. So, I will just say “Happy Birthday, John.” Thank you for coming along and touching our lives. You taught us a great deal. We learned to Imagine.