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December 08, 2004

John Lennon, RIP

I guess non-fans of the Beatles wonder why we go through this every December 8.

Sure, his politics were barmy, but then, he wrote She Said, She Said, Sexy Sadie, Hey Bulldog, and I'm a Loser. Plus all the more obvious ones that will get played like crazy today on classic rock stations.

Lennon had one of the funniest quotes. He said he was sitting around as a fourteen year old, wondering, "Why the hell hasn't anyone discovered me yet?"

I guess he had the confidence to admit that, having been discovered in a very big way by age 19, but I think a lot of us have, or have had, that feeling, embarassingly enough.

Heck, I've had that feeling for going on 30 years now. Sad, but true.

At any rate, he is still missed. Even after the peak of his creative powers, he could still pen songs like Jealous Guy. He never quite had Paul McCartney's knack for writing melodies, as one critic said, that seemed to fall from the sky directly from Heaven, but still, many of us who were awed by McCartney's song-writing still give the edge to Lennon, for some reason.

Farcical History Tour Update: Unpopulist claims that Lennon wasn't the Walrus after all, and neither was Paul.


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