John Lennon’s “Imagine”: Still A Source Of Inspiration

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Today is anniversary of the death of John Lennon, one of the world’s most gifted songwriters, who was senselessly killed in 1980.

While Lennon wrote countless classics, the song he will always be most associated with it “Imagine.” While Fox News would probably say that “Imagine” advocates godlessness and lawlessness were it to come out today, it’s amazing how such a philosophical, yet essentially simple song has engaged the planet for the last 40 years.

A recent episode of the hit show Glee ended with a performance of “Imagine,” in which a school of deaf students taught the kids of Glee the true meaning of togetherness.

What’s your take on “Imagine?” Is it truly Lennon’s best work?

Let us know.

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  1. john was my lifetime hero………………he passed 1 day b4 i was 10 i allways said he will marry me some day i was up all night crying, my mom was there for me i have john tatoos, i will meet up w/ him some day i love and miss him allways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. John Lennon!
    The name associated with love and peace; yet who sings:
    “Hatred and jealousy going to be the death of me.”
    The man who stood for honesty and wisdom; yet who admits:
    “Wasn’t I the greatest pop seer? Hadn’t I written, ‘The dream is over’? Was I not the great John Lennon who could see through all the world’s hypocrisy? The truth is I couldn’t see through my own.”
    There certainly is something uniquely special about the man; otherwise how would so much of the world admire – or fear – him as a person of consequence:
    “I represent the human race.”
    The musician who sang for us to “change your head,” to “free your mind,” to “feel your own pain”;
    The revolutionary artist who set out to change our culture:
    “I’m trying to do something different. I’m trying to change people’s minds, to change their attitudes to things.”
    For insight into this remarkable duality in his makeup, look no further! For the first time available, a boxed set of Lennon’s edited interviews showcasing his close personal ideas and ideals!
    What are we to make of this multi-dimensional man and artist? Of what value besides his music can we expect of him for our self-understanding and self-transcendence? You might want to visit our facebook page for some answers at “Lennon’s Ideas and Ideals”.

    Best wishes,
    Joseph

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