Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s untimely passing. Shot dead at the age of 40 outside his New York City apartment building. If you are like me, you can recall the night it happened like it was yesterday. I was watching football with my dad when Howard Cosell made the announcement at the end of the game. For huge fans the news hit with a devastating blow.
He was a brilliant musician and an advocate for peace. The world lost someone very special on December 8. 1980 but fortunately for us John Lennon will live on through his songs, writings, videos and artwork. And after a very long wait, I’m really looking forward to downloading iTunes Beatles songs to my iPod having never switched my vinyl to CDs.
People remember John Lennon best from his years he as a Beatle. His sound as well as his style evolved with the times. The British Invasion started in 1964 and there was John and the gang on the Ed Sullivan show all dressed in gray suits. As time went on we fondly remember the St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Costumes. Shortly thereafter came the hippie look. All the while, and until his death, John wore his trademark round glasses.
Finally, John Lennon is remembered as a guy who believed that good times were ahead of him. He didn’t get the chance to see it through but instead, inspired many of us to live, love and make a difference as if each day could be your last.