In My Life

“Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more”
John Lennon
John Lennon

There’s a Beatles song that was written by John Lennon that is one of my all time favorite Beatle songs. The song is In My Life and was released in 1965 on the Rubber Soul album.

John Lennon wrote the original song but Paul McCartney contributed to the final version. Later the pair disagreed over the extent of their contributions (specifically the melody). George Martin, who produced the recording, contributed the instrumental bridge. It is ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone‘s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” as well as fifth on their list of the Beatles’ 100 Greatest Songs.

According to Lennon, the song’s origins can be traced to when the English journalist Kenneth Allsop made a remark that Lennon should write songs about his childhood. Afterwards, Lennon wrote a song in the form of a long poem reminiscing on his childhood years. The original version of the lyrics was based on a bus route he used to take in Liverpool, naming various sites seen along the way, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.

In a 1980 interview, Lennon referred to this song as his “first real major piece of work” because it was the first time he penned personal lyrics about his own life.

Here’s a YouTube video with Bette Midler performing the song accompanied by ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro.

Shine On

 

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The Day John Lennon Died

“The Beatles are over, but
John, Paul, George and Ringo go on.”
John Lennon

John Lennon

John Lennon on Dick Cavett Show, September 11, 1971

If you grew up listening to the Beatles, no doubt you remember the day John Lennon was gunned down. The evening of December 8, 1980 I was at a record store buying an album when everyone in the store heard the news.

It’s been 35 years since that awful December 8th day. John Lennon left us with his music that crossed generations. He left us one of his most poignant albums of the 1980s.

By the end of December 1980, the album he hadn’t released yet when he died, Double Fantasy was his best-selling solo album. Plus one of the songs on the album, (Just Like) Starting Over hit number one on the Billboard charts.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono filmed a video to promote his new album, Double Fantasy, in the City of New York, November 26, 1980. Filming began in Central Park, then moved to a gallery in SoHo. The song chosen for the video promo was, (Just Like) Starting Over.

Unfortunately, John Lennon never got to experience the success of his album. He was robbed of that. I feel, we were all robbed the day John Lennon died.

Shine On