December Diary 2011 ~ 8:31
As you already know, the Beatles have been a longtime favorite of mine. While I started out liking Paul, as I got older, John Lennon replaced him as my favorite. I remember so vividly what I was doing the night that he died - putting up Christmas decorations in anticipation of a holiday party while watching Monday Night Football. Howard Cosell (infamous curmudgeon of a sportscaster) announced it somewhat nonchalantly during one of the plays.
I sat down on the floor, stunned as to what I was hearing. This was back in the day when CNN had just been launched earlier that year but I didn't have cable television, I didn't have a laptop or the internet, so the details of the news were slow to arrive.
Fast forward 15 years and I was visiting a friend of mine in San Francisco. We found that an art gallery was showing limited edition artwork of John Lennon's that were approved and endorsed by his Estate and by Yoko Ono. They had John Lennon and Beatles music playing in the gallery, and people had tears in their eyes all the while digging into their wallets to purchase some pieces of musical history.
I chose limited edition silkscreens of John Lennon's handwritten lyrics of "Woman" and "Beautiful Boy", both of which are numbered 576/1000, and carry a plate signature of John Lennon. I also chose a limited edition silk screened portrait of John Lennon, numbered 207/300, from a hand made air brushed portrait. The original photograph was taken by the photographer Nishi and the print has been hand signed by Yoko Ono. [Hit L on your keyboard and then "All Sizes" to see larger]
Having just purchased the CD Double Fantasy just a few weeks before John's death, I was really drawn to both of these songs as a testament of how John's life had evolved into New York domesticity with his wife and son.
♫ - Beautiful Boy
Rest in Peace, John.