WUMB October Program Guide

Imagine John Lennon at 80 Years Old

It seems crazy, doesn’t it?
That John Lennon was murdered 40 years ago.
That this year on October 9th he would have turned 80 years old, and that John was only 40 years old when we lost him.
It seems unthinkable but here we are today, 40 years later. It feels like we lost John just yesterday, it’s still so fresh in so many of our minds. It isn’t surprising that I am not the only one who feels this way. I hear it all the time from so many Beatles fans I speak to. Which nowadays is on social media because of the pandemic.

Ringo turned 80 back in July of this year and he is spry, healthy and before the pandemic hit, he was ready to go back on the road. He was scheduled to play in Boston on June 10th. We all know how that turned out.

Pre-pandemic, Paul was still touring and releasing new music.

I think John would be doing the same if he were here with us today. He would be making music and nowadays to support your music, you have to go on the road.

Knowing the peacenik John was, how would he react to what is happening in this country and the world today? You can bet we would hear all about it. He would be just as vocal as he was during the peace movement back in 1969. He would have embraced social media, he would be marching for peace and certainly he would “loom large” in both his sons’ lives, and certainly our lives.

It’s not surprising that John’s music is just as relevant today as it was back in the 60’s and 70’s; “Give Peace A Chance,” “Power To The People,” “Imagine,” and there are so many other John Lennon songs to inspire us to make the world a better place for everyone!

How should we celebrate and remember John on his 80th birthday?

With the way the world is with this global pandemic, it certainly lends itself to staying in bed for peace, doesn’t it?

What does John Lennon mean to you? I would love to hear your thoughts.

~ Cha-Chi Loprete

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