“Where were you when . . .?”   3 comments

John Lennon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Where were you when . . .?”

I first asked this question ten years ago on the thirty anniversary of John Lennon’s death. 

Whether asked the question or thinking to yourself, we often recall years later what we were doing when we first heard of a sad happening. With today being the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, thoughts on time and place are reviewed.  I was in my small apartment on a rainy, cold night, just off the campus of Western Kentucky University, where I was teaching. If I had a TV, I don’t recall because I was usually listening to music on the radio.  Then, as now, music is a part of my daily existence, and the beauty of Lennon’s music is its ability to make you think and help you answer questions.

In December of 1980, Lennon had only recently turned forty, and I was about to reach the same age.  We shared little besides years of life and his music. Now, forty years out, I wonder what John Lennon would be like if he were still a part of our existence.  We both would be fifty years into the age Lennon, as a young flower-child rebel, famously labeled, “Never trust anyone over thirty!”


Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

May the spirit of John Lennon always be with us.

— kenne

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right.
It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”

3 responses to ““Where were you when . . .?”

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  1. We were living in the UK in the tiny village of Hasketon, East Anglia in our rented 80 year old “New Rectory” next to the twin American air force bases – Bentwaters AB/Woodbridge AB – which hosted 6 squadrons of A10s. – and we were still asleep at 4:00 am UK time on a Tuesday morning. The 2 BBC TV stations did not broadcast in the AM in 1980 and it was later in the day that we eventually found out.

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    Phil "Bulldog" Bentley
  2. It was in the same year that my father, Lennon and Fox passed. 1980 was a year to remember

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