Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Lennon..then something a little lighter...

It was 25 years ago today that John Lennon was shot and it seems to be the trend while bouncing around the radio today that people are talking about where they were when they heard the news. I was in 6th grade and we used to have to wait outside the school before it began (that would never happen I was a "walker"). We were all just hanging out waiting to be let in when one kid mentioned it. I said "who?" he said "John Lennon". I said "Who is that?". I kid you not. I had no idea who he was. Its odd to think back to it now since I am such a music fan but I am being honest, I had no idea who he was. When I got home I asked my parents about it and they didn't really emote one way or the other. My mother said "I was too old when they were popular" and my dad probably said something like "Damn hippies" or something. I can't say that after the news I was thrust in to trying to buy or listen to the Beatles, it came later. Times were different, I couldn't surf the web on his name, I couldn't download a song and we didn't have cable so we were stuck to 3-4 channels and 99% of the time it was what mom or dad wanted to watch. There is no denying the joy he gave to millions and I too have become a fan. Hopefully he is at peace and his family will stop bastardizing his legacy.

***update*** the u2 link is dead and I can't even find it now on ebay to update it..
U2's backdrop from the Boy Tour is one of the fun finds I had on ebay recently. Its fun to put in something "random" then when the selections come up sort by "highest first". Its also fun to do with Ferrari, Miles Davis and of course, the beatles.


At Friday, December 09, 2005 8:57:00 AM , Blogger ChristinaDahhhling said...

on Lennon...I am your age but I was never a fan either. I found out about the Beatles because my grandfather ("Pepere") had just retired his reel to reel track player to us and he actually had the entire Beatles collection "greatest hits" on reel tapes - not because he was a fan - he was too old for that - he probably picked them up at a yard sale or something! I'd sit in the living room listening but never knew who they were - like you said nowadays you can search the internet like crazy and learn endless amount of trivia about a band! I also remember my best friend and her older brothers "mourning" over the death of John. I thought it was nuts and didn't understand. He was just a musician. But only now do I understand the significance of their grief. She was the "wierd" friend who quoted John Lennon in my middle school year book. Its funny, if it wasn't for her and my grandfathers reel to reel - I'd be sayign "John who?" My parents - well, there was no mention of John, however, my Dad could tell you the entire life stories of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw! ~C ~Good Job Toddie!


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