“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.” John Winston Lennon

John Lennon stood for peace, only to be killed 26 years ago today, in a violent manner by a crazed fan.

Many people don’t mark a day someone died, preferring instead to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other “joyous” events. I don’t see today as a day to be celebrated so much as I think it’s a day for reflection. The Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park was dedicated as a shrine to tranquility, both inner and outer. Even though the majority of us cannot visit the Park today, take a minute wherever you are to sit quietly and calmly, and give peace a chance.

The song I picked for today is not one of the “meaningful” Lennon songs, like “Imagine” or “Give Peace A Chance.” Rather, I picked my favorite from his last album, Double Fantasy. To me, this song's message of hope is as strong as anything Lennon wrote.

(Just Like) Starting Over.mp3

I also want to direct you to WFMU’s Beware of the Blog blog, which has MP3’s of Lennon’s 1971 interview with Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner, a dial scan of New York City's FM dial from Dec. 8, 1980, and a link to an article about that dial scan recording.


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