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Sunday, December 06, 2020

Sunday Morning Post (V.2, #48) - Sad Anniversary

This coming Tuesday will mark 40 years since John Lennon was murdered.  I’m sure we all have our favorite memories of him, but for today I will post a few of his performances which give us a chance to contemplate what we had, and what we lost.

The video images vary in quality, but much like these images some of our own memories are fading as well.  It is what it is, and sometimes that is sad in and of itself.





Thank you for reading.  Ja guru de va-oooom….)

10 Comments:

Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Forty years already? Hard to believe. I remember being stunned by the terrible news. I was in university at the time, studying for mid-term exams.

December 6, 2020 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Travel said...

40 years, seems like just yesterday. I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard that Elvis was dead.

December 6, 2020 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

I concur with the two previous comments; it is hard to swallow that this was forty years ago.

December 6, 2020 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Hi Debra, and yes it is still a shock after all this time.

Thank you, Travel. I heard about Elvis from my brother several hours after the fact, but it didn't hold the same significance with me as Lennon's death. Elvis did die young, but it wasn't from an act of violence.

Hi Spo. It is hard to believe that much time has passed.

December 6, 2020 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Dave R said...

I was working as a night auditor for Marriott at the time and in the morning on my way home they interrupted the song on the radio to announce he was shot and suddenly I felt so hollow. It was a terrible moment.

December 6, 2020 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

40 years. Crazy. Such a loss.

That said, thanks for 'Across The Universe,' which is one of my all-time favorite tunes.

December 6, 2020 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

Adding to the poignancy of the event was that the last track Lennon ever recorded was ironically, I understand, this '[Just like] Starting Over'.

I don't know what Lennon made of Phil Spector's added ethereal choir to the 'Let It Be' track of 'Across the Universe' - as he also did on 'The Long and Winding Road' - but it really is a most sublime song, one of John's very best.
And thanks for enticing me finally to resolve the meaning of 'Jai guru deva om' which is now done, it having been a mystery to me for these last 50 years.

The time is strongly evoked by these sounds for me, a moment in my life when I was just 'discovering' Amsterdam - and which I was then to visit no less than 35 times over the next 10 years. Ah, the allure of those tulips! ;-)

December 7, 2020 at 5:10 AM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Hi Dave R. I also got the news on the radio, but I was coming home from a Christmas party.

Thank you, Bob. "Across the Universe" used to be my "go to song" that I had to hear if I was really in a deep funk. I that one and "In My Life" are my favorite Beatles songs.

Hi Raybeard. Thank you for your thoughts. Is there a meaning to "Jai guru de va oom?" I thought I read somewhere that Lennon said it was just nonsense.

December 8, 2020 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

I only yesterday found the meaning of 'Jai guru.....'. Easily found, and not 'nonsense.

December 8, 2020 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

I meant to insert the words 'by googling it'!

December 8, 2020 at 10:43 AM  

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