Wednesday, December 8, 2010

30th Anniversary of John Lennon's Death

Don Mclean wrote American Pie and intended the protagonist to be Buddy Holly. At least that is how I understand it. So the phrase "The Day The Music Died" refers to Buddy Holly's tragic plane crash. Many people of my generation still remember the cover of Time Magazine that you see above. 30 years ago "When The Music Died". Yes I am a dinosaur.

The first video below is how I found out about his death. Watching Monday Night Football as an 8th grader. Witness the glory of Howard Cosell.

Many writing about John Lennon today will play you music by the Beatles or solo John Lennon like Imagine or Give Peace a Chance. But for those of you who really know me, you all know I hate being cliche. I want to give you a much different experience yet connected to this tragedy.

It's all about the second video. Though I rather you ignore video and go straight to the song. It is way more important that the song be good than the video be good. I have a Mediafire link below of you can download from the attachment in the Multiply version of this post. I have known this haunting song for about 28 years and only now have I seen the video. I did not miss much. Download the song and then either put it on headphones or loud in your speakers in a dark room, alone. Before you start that though just think of what it was like just finding out John Lennon had died. That is the circumstance this song was recorded. The band had many great songs after this, but this is the first one I remember. I hope you will find it as atmospheric as I did.

(original with song in the attachments )

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