How’s it going? Are you watching your legacy from up there?
If only you’re still with us good music wont be on its deathbed and listeners wont be suffering because of the sound of Justin Bieber invading the airwaves. By the way he’s a twelve years old singing and dancing pop superstar with hairstyle almost recognizable as your mop tops.
Going back to your legacy, three decades from that sad day that old sport (I know you wont be proud if I call him psycho) Chapman’s gun stole you from us, the number of you and your bands fans have swollen, but of course I’m not one of the fans, I’m one of the believers. Your photos had been printed on shirts that indie, skaters, hippy kids wore. See, you bind stereotypes. Every kid knows one or more of your songs, partly because most of new bands made covers of them. There’s this crunk core band Never Shout Never that I didnt like but when they made a cover of Yesterday it made them seem awesome. Yeah, it might be Paul’s song but its still your band who originally sung them. Still my favorite cover of your song is Aerosmith’s Come Together, that song is really yours. But dont get me wrong, nothing beats the original still. Your band had been the most popular icon of pop culture. You’re on Rockband too. You’ve been quoted in a lot of movies and books, I tried to keep track of them but its impossible, they’re just gazillions. There’s this movie, Chapter 27, they focused on what was inside Chapmans mind why he hated you, they made it as if your last days were the last chapter of Catcher In The Rye and Chapman is Holden Caulfield. You are literally everywhere, even Google celebrated your birthday this year by changing their logo incorporating your doodled face on it. They say you were overrated, its okay at least they dont call you sellout.
Your music had been celebrated but your causes seemed forgotten. People never gave peace a chance. A lot happened, lots of people took the issues to the streets but there are a lot more powerful people who’s selfish wants opressed the helpless. Its depressing I know. Fortunately there are still a few who never got tired of saying no and still imagines what you have imagined.
Above all of these Mr. Lennon, what matters most is people still remembers not just who you are but what you are. You’re legacy is not with your songs but with their messages, not with the notes but the emotion it creates, not with taking a stand but with making a change. Long live your legacy that will forever immortalize you.
We all love you John.
(posted on another site as tribute, hauled to WP late)