It was 30 years ago today.
The above line can be sung to the tune of the opening theme of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The irony of the above phenomenon is lost on a culture focused on relentless self-pity and proving that anything is snark-able – or who are as certain as Evangelicals are of going to Heaven that they are better arbiters of taste in good music and the right way to do politics than all those stupid Baby Boomers.
They (those dumb-assed Boomers), apparently, would (and still do) listen to and think about The Beatles with reverence and awe when it’s clear to those who really know that The Beatles are a) overrated; b) old fashioned; c) less visionaries than clever imitators with access to world wide distribution of the ideas they stole from others….
And their leader, John Lennon, was a pseudo-intellectual poseur with a penchant for cruelty – and bad taste in women. After all, he committed the ultimate wrong in this more knowing culture’s estimation – he chose someone he loved over someone hot….
Nothing that I or any other Boomer can write or say will change these opinions. They are sacrosanct with the bulk the current culture – not unlike Boomers’ silly admiration of John F. Kennedy who was, after all, just a rich kid who got the presidency by questionable means as later George W. Bush is claimed to have done.
Lennon did write some songs with silly titles. Here are a few that I’m sure commentators will find snark-worthy:
“All You Need is Love”
“Give Peace a Chance”
And he once paid a princely sum to put up a billboard in Times Square that said “War is Over if You Want It.”
These are all things for which he should probably be mocked. He’d be much more heroic to later generations if he promoted racism, misogyny or greed or any of the other cooler, more admirable behaviors of the current culture.
But John was just an old fashioned guy who thought people should try to love one another and live in peace with each other.
So we old fart Boomers fondly remember his silly ideas on this anniversary of his murder – and try to be mindful that he told us “we all shine on/like the moon and the stars and the sun….”
And we miss him….