I visited the John Lennon Wall while in Prague, in the Czech Republic in Eastern Europe a few years ago while on a magazine assignment. John Lennon to me was a world-culture poet and a liberator of malignant colonial mindsets with his lyrics and music. The Wall areas is a place of contemplation and not a commercial area. It was considered by the Czech Republic a must see and enjoy tourist and it was certainly a local “favored place” in the highly musical and cultural mecca of Europe. Prague is also a film and motion picture capitol.
As a poet in a nation led by a poet, I felt pretty cool knowing that a part of Europe had feeling for Lennon’s poetry, had feeling for Jazz, had a Black Ma Donna at Five Points and remembered how even our Civil Right Movement impacted the country’s fight against Communist rule to become a Democracy.
John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool, England. Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), transformed the world with their music as the Beatles in 1960.
According to a report by NBC news Sean Ono Lennon on remixing father John Lennon’s music said, “It was therapy Sean Ono Lennon’s first experience re-working his father’s catalog was terrifying and intimidating, but he had two main goals in mind to keep him on track: Preserve his father’s message in the songs and help the late icon’s music reach a younger audience.”
On October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, “GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES” will be released and includes 36 tracks hand-picked by Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon, who serve as executive producer and producer on the project. The duo worked closely with engineer and mixer Paul Hicks to maintain the essence of the songs, which were completely remixed.
Ono Lennon, who shares the same birthday as his father and turned 45 on Friday, came out stronger at the end of the at-times heavy process.
“I knew that it was going to be kind of introspective for me, obviously. I was scared going into it to be honest. I had a fear of messing everything up or not being helpful or it being too emotionally difficult to just listen to my dad’s voice over and over again,” Ono Lennon said. “Especially ‘Double Fantasy,’ it triggers a whole period of my childhood that was tough because that’s when he died. I had a lot of resistance working on that record actually.”
NYC Has a Living Memorial called Stawberry Fields
According to NYC Parks Strawberry Fields is a living memorial to the world-famous singer, songwriter, and social activist John Lennon (1940–1980). This area of Central Park was named in 1981, and the re-landscaped Strawberry Fields was dedicated in 1985.
This is a great recording series of John’s talent-driven friends and a priceless gift to remember his transformative lyrics and music.
Oh… Happy Birthday Sean O Lennon and thanks for being a feeling and dutiful Son of all of us!
NBC News segment please see link below: