On December 8, 1980, John Lennon died in front of his Manhattan home.
It was the first "Kennedy moment" in my life, a memory that still seems fresh, almost like it happened yesterday. My ritual of falling asleep while listening to an old-school "digital" clock radio (the one with the rotating flat panels for each number), was jarringly interrupted by the breaking news that John Lennon had been shot in New York City. I leapt out of bed, ran downstairs, and stood motionless in front of the TV as Howard Cosell, on Monday Night Football, announced that John Lennon was dead. One of my heroes had been murdered, and it simply did not make any sense. I remember feeling that out-of-body disorientation one experiences when first hearing that a close friend or family member has died.
It's been a long time, and instead of looking at this day with sorrow, I will instead reflect upon John's artistic contributions to the world the way they should be remembered - by listening to his music and feeling grateful for all the wonderful, happy memories they've created in my life.
Favorite Beatles CDs
Favorite post-Beatles CDs
- The Beatles Anthology
- Lennon Remembers: The Full Rolling Stone Interviews from 1970 by Jann Wenner
- Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey
The Cosell Announcement Captured
It was odd watching this today for the first time in 30 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gcdz1IRVoM