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December 8, 1980

Just wondering if other people remember December 8th the way I do. For me, December 8th will always be the day that John Lennon died.


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Dec. 8th, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
Me, too.

It sucks.
Dec. 8th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, Hope, I remember it for the same reason. However, in response to something you wrote in Lord Khaos'journal...I didn't do much when I was at Antioch and basically got by the skin of my teeth in some classes! Now, I'm at University of Bradford, geez, it really is HARD work. I find it incredibly hard to motivate myself and the pressure of exams is really immense! I have days when I find myself wanting the "quiet life"...but a part of me knows that I need something there to keep the mind mentally stimulated!
Dec. 8th, 2003 01:53 pm (UTC)
The Day the Music Died
I wonder why he doesn't have a song like Buddy Holly. I guess no one feels they could write one without being corny.
Dec. 8th, 2003 07:26 pm (UTC)
Re: The Day the Music Died
Christine Lavin - The Dakota (http://www.christinelavin.com/00113013thedakota.html)
Ellis Paul - Who Killed John Lennon? (http://www.asklyrics.com/display/Who_Killed_John_Lennon_LYRICS/106986)
Loudon Wainwright III does a song 'Not John' on his 'I'm Alright' album, Rounder Records. I can't find lyrics to it on the web right now.

Dec. 8th, 2003 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I still remember my dad waking me up for school that morning and giving me the news. I was 12 at the time. Things took a downturn in in my life after that. Then I met you some years later, but that's another tale... :)

Dec. 9th, 2003 02:02 am (UTC)
Roxy Music's "To Turn You On" is supposedly Bryan Ferry's tribute to John Lennon, and I think Paul McCartney wrote a song called "Here Today" (or something like that), and I think Elton John wrote one, too, although I can't remember what it was called. But I think that if you are looking for a moment of real poignancy, you should listen to John's own song "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out," from the Walls and Bridges album, which I think is just a wonderful piece of songwriting (and evocative for depressives).

Yes, it was a dark day. On the west coast, we got the news late in the evening, and I remember calling my best friend (who was at UC Santa Cruz)to tell him the news and commiserate. We just sat there on the phone, telling each other that we couldn't believe it had happened.

Today I talked with my older brother, who is old enough to remember when the Beatles were new. he always remembers this day, and always plays some Lennon to commemorate it.

There is a new(ish) book out called "Once There Was a Way," by the photographer Harry Benson (who later worked for LIFE). It contains photos of the Beatles between 1964 and sometime in 1966 (I think). If you live in Santa Fe, NM, there is an exhibit of his work at the Monroe Gallery on Don Gaspar, which includes Benson's photos of the funeral of MLK and the assassination of JFK (not included in his beatles book). It's very moving stuff.
Dec. 9th, 2003 02:05 am (UTC)
Oh, me again, with a correction. Benson's photos are of RFK, not JFK. Forgive my mistake, it's late.
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