Tag Archives: The Beatles

John’s Been Gone 30 Years…

It’s hard to believe John Lennon has been gone for thirty years now.  Well, to be exact, thirty years and one day.  Yes, how could I have neglected to pay tribute to him on the exact day, December 8th, that he was murdered thirty years ago.

Following is an excerpt I wrote in a blog post in September about the Beatles.  This was my personal reflection about the event:

I was sad when John Lennon was murdered in December 1980.  I was living in Fairfield County, Connecticut at the time, which is very close to New York City.

I feel like I have a unique connection to all of that.  The public defender who was assigned to Mark David Chapman, was a schoolmate of mine from Moravian College in Pennsylvania.  Because Moravian is a small school, we all pretty much knew everyone.  Jonathan Marks, we all knew, was a very smart person and we knew he had a bright future when we graduated in the middle 60’s… How did we know what would be in his future?  Some ‘claim to fame’!

Because I am writing this on the actual day of his murder, I am able to link to an interesting article about the tribute to John Lennon at a section of Central Park known as Strawberry Fields.  It is situated directly across from The Dakota, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived in New York City.  It was in front of the Dakota that John Lennon was shot.

Lots of tributes on YouTube, but I’ve chosen this one to share.  Interesting pictures of the life of John Lennon.

What’s your favorite John Lennon song?

Best Motivation Video Ever? What Do You Think?

This is titled the Best Motivation Video Ever.  I’d seen this before and just found it on YouTube.   Wanted to share it with you, as it is rather astounding and thought provoking.  Pass this along to someone you know who may be inspired by it at a time they can use the inspiration…  Perhaps a young person in your life.

Do you agree that this is the best motivation video ever?  What do you think?

Here Comes The Sun

As I grew and matured in my late teens and early twenties, The Beatles were on their path to music history.  We didn’t know then that their persona and their brand would live on for so long.

All I knew was that I always liked the Beatles and enjoyed their music.  I’m not a professional and didn’t know the real deal about how they evolved throughout the 60’s, but all I knew is I remember that night when I was a sophomore in college, and we hovered around a t.v. in the basement of the dormitory to watch The Ed Sullivan Show on a Sunday night in February 1964 to see the Beatles perform.  It showed how they landed in the States and were pummeled by young girls with various signs of endearment and some who I believe threw underwear as an indication of their affection for these guys…

Who else remembers this?  Did we know how historic it would be?  I don’t think so!!!

But it was and the rest is history.

I was sad when John Lennon was murdered in December 1980.  I was living in Fairfield County, Connecticut at the time, which is very close to New York City.

I feel like I have a unique connection to all of that.  The ‘public defender’ who was assigned to Mark David Chapman, was a schoolmate of mine from Moravian College in Pennsylvania.  Because Moravian is a small school, we all pretty much knew everyone.  Jonathan Marks, we all knew was a very smart person and knew he had a bright future, when we graduated in the middle 60’s… How did we know what was in his future?  Some ‘claim to fame’!

I loved the Beatles in my own way.  I certainly never showed any signs of overt behavior like the type shown on newsreels at the time.  But I always liked their music.  The Beatles in the Sixties were an evolution of all of our lives.  It was a wonderful era.  I look back to their music with fondness.

It was a wonderful time and the music was great.  This group transformed so much of what is the norm today.  What a wonderful time!