The writer lost all credibility in my mind when he started off the list with Lennon’s “Imagine.”
Because we’ve had enough caustic rhetoric this campaign season, I won’t make any aspersions relating to this writers inbred heritage or lack of intellect and taste. I’ll just stick to the facts.
First a disclaimer: I love this song and it is part of my cover repertoire.
As noted last month, there is no argument that Lennon was one of the world’s greatest songwriters. And “Imagine” is considered one of his best efforts. It’s certainly his most popular composition as a solo artist.
Lennon asks us to imagine a world where people are living for the day without the beliefs and institutions that divide us. . Especially in today’s climate, a song like “Imagine” is critical in pulling people together. After all, who can argue against peace?
Of course the hippies have always gotten a bad rap for their peace and love agenda. But that’s just the stuff of which most hit songs are made.
Why this writer had to go all the way back to 1971 to denigrate a classic to fill out his list is a mystery to me. Has he listened to anything that has been playing on the radio for the last four decades?
For such a perspective you can check out a list of more contemporary bad tunes by checking out this link.
Of course I understand that musical taste is very selective and that even back when the Beatles were at their zenith there were people who criticized the lads’ singing and musical talent. Even Lennon publicly noted the diversity in opinion.
At a show introducing the song “help” John commented, “Here’s our latest record, or our latest electronic noise, depending on whose side you’re on.
You know whose side I’m on.