Wednesday, December 8, 2010
All You Need
It's cold outside and it's December 8th which means that John Lennon's been gone for thirty years and it's also the anniversary of my first marriage which has been gone for about thirty years as well.
"John Lennon, Shot, Killed," was the headline of the article in the paper I pulled out of my newspaper box on the morning of my anniversary after I did my run and I didn't stop crying for about a year.
Jessie and I were recently talking about how every generation discovers the Beatles and how everyone knows Beatles songs. You can't help it. They are a part of our consciousness now, like knowing that the sun comes up in the morning, it gets cold in winter.
I read the news today, oh boy.
I was a kid when John Lennon made the big mistake of saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.
Although he was, at that point in time, correct, it enraged a huge segment of the world's Christian population.
He went on to apologize, saying that the Beatles weren't better than Jesus, just more popular.
Bless his heart.
Bless his heart.
I have always considered it one of the blessings of my life that I was there when music exploded and every musician could dip his brush in whatever form of music had ever been made or played or done and made it his or her own and it was amazing.
There were no rules.
People look back at what we call The Sixties and think of that time as a bit of a goofy departure from reality.
Let me tell you something- it was far more than that.
It was a world-wide shift in consciousness. It was a coming-together and a forming-of-a-tribe and it was a movement and instead of being invested in war or territory or possessions it was invested in the idea that there could be peace, there could be love and that those words had meaning and instead of having a leader who raised armies, there was music, there were people raising their voices in song.
It was the music that joined us all.
And the best, the most important, the most magical, the most pure, on-message music of it all came from the Beatles and well, okay, if you weren't there, you can't understand and that makes me so sad.
John wasn't a hero in the commonly known sense of the word. He didn't fight in a military battle, he was in no way, either self-proclaimed or observed, perfect.
He did not walk on water or change water into wine.
But with his mind, he changed the world.
With his music and his bandmates, he changed this world.
Here. I've posted this before but let's do it again. This was what the Beatles did on the very first global television link on June 25, 1967.
What more could I add to that?
Not much, but I will say that if you take the time to listen to that you might be lucky enough to have the song playing in your head all day and that would be a lovely thing.
And remember this- it may sound corny and it may sound cliche to say that all you need is love, but if you understand what the true meaning of love is with all of its obligations and power, you'll understand that it is as true as the sun coming up in the morning.
With love...Ms. Moon