Today, we’d like to honor the legacy of John Lennon, who on this date in 1980 was fatally shot outside of his home in New York City. That the day will forever fall during the holiday season seems endlessly uplifting and sad at the same time.
Today, Ron played “Watching The Wheels” on his morning program, and who among you was able to keep it together listening to that song, whether you were driving into work, getting the kids to school, or just going about your normal business?
In 1980, Lennon was just getting back into recording music, and Double Fantasy, his final album, has aged extremely well. The 1980 release features some of his most optimistically-minded songs, and it seems that time off with his family had served him well. Watching this video, and revisiting Double Fantasy this week, one wonders how many great albums Lennon had in store?
Which will make this day a sad one each year, music lover or not. Lennon would be 77 right now, around the same age of Bob Dylan. He might be touring with Paul and Ringo, or winning a Nobel Prize in Literature; the possibilities are endless. Lennon famously said, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” Alas, we can all dream what was in store.
His passing was crushing, on par with the loss of JFK, given the influence he had on society. And who doesn’t remember where they were when Howard Cosell told us on Monday Night Football the news that the incomprehensible had happened?
You’re going to hear “Happy Christmas” a lot in the coming weeks. So in the words of John, and in his honor, “Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.”
Thank you, Mr. Lennon.