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Planning a party to celebrate the life of John Lennon.
18 November 2013
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I'm Catholic (not Roman) and in Catholicism you celebrate a saint on the day they die, because it is the day they go to be with God.  I know John Lennon isn't a saint (far from it), but it seems appropriate. 

So, on December 8 I am having a party to celebrate the life of John Lennon and the fact that even though he's gone, he will never really die.  It's going to last 5 and 1/2 hours and it will be a potluck dinner with alcohol and several friends.

It's going to start with a screening of Good Ol' Freda, then I'm going to play a playlist I've chosen from Lennon's Beatles songs, then a playlist from his solo songs.  Then we'll end with a screening of John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto, 1969.

And each guest will get to choose their own Beatles button (badge) to take home from a set of 17.

Does anyone else have Beatles parties?  I could have done it on his birthday, but it fell on a weekday and there is more time to do what I wanted on Sunday, December 8.

Playlist 1

You Can't Do That

I Feel Fine

I Don't Want To Spoil The Party

Help!

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

Norwegian Wood

Nowhere Man

Rain

I'm Only Sleeping

She Said She Said

Tomorrow Never Knows

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

I Am The Walrus

Strawberry Fields Forever

All You Need Is Love

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Julia

Revolution 1

Dig A Pony

Don't Let Me Down

Across The Universe

Come Together

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

 

Playlist 2

Cold Turkey

Instant Karma (We All Shine On)

Mother

Working Class Hero

Love

Power to the People

Imagine

Jealous Guy

Oh Yoko!

Mind Games

Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)

Bless You

# 9 Dream

Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out)

(Just Like) Starting Over

Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

Watching the Wheels

Woman

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

18 November 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8What a great idea. Partying for John in the Lonestar state. 

18 November 2013
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First: Sounds cool :)
Second: Can I come? I'll bring waffles and cake???

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18 November 2013
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Sounds awesome, ExpertTexpert!  I think it's a great (and original) idea.  I would love to come! :)

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

18 November 2013
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I wish all of you could come, and I would love waffles and cake!

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

19 November 2013
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This is a great idea. I've never been to a Beatles party, though my friends and I had other musician-themed parties when we were teens. Have a wonderful time.

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19 November 2013
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Never thought of doing a musician-themed party before. Great idea - assuming your friends are fans or open to being so, if not. Sounds like you got it well organized, too.

Have a good time, though it'll be bittersweet, I imagine.

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19 November 2013
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fabfouremily said
Never thought of doing a musician-themed party before. Great idea - assuming your friends are fans or open to being so, if not. Sounds like you got it well organized, too.

Have a good time, though it'll be bittersweet, I imagine.

I have a few Beatles and John Lennon fans and fellow fanatics close to my age (who have shared a lot of great Beatles stuff with me), plus I have a Beatles fanatic friend who was a teenager in the 1960's, who will be there with her John Lennon obsessed son.  So far we should have 7 including me and my wife, but 5 more have not RSVP'd yet.  I'm really excited about it.  And yes, I'm sure it will be emotional for me when John walks off the stage at 10:00 o'clock.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

19 November 2013
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Have a great time at your John Lennon party! I do something for John's birthday and the anniversary of John's death each year. I put a lighted candle (electric) in my upstairs window..Yoko lights one every year at the Dakota...and I've released white balloons with messages to John tied to them written by my friends. My best friend and I did a White Album party a few years back on the anniversary of the release of that album. Everyone had to wear white; we only served white food; we had a Beatles cover band (our friends) perform; we showed videos of the Beatles; and we had a table of Beatles memorabilia for people to peruse. We also did a Beatles trivia contest (teams). The winning team got a CD of Anthology songs. It turned out really well. We're working on another party for the spring. Have a wonderful time...you'll be surprised how great it is! It is more uplifting than sad, I found. You feel closer to them. (I also do balloons for George)

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19 November 2013
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mccartneyalarm said
Have a great time at your John Lennon party! I do something for John's birthday and the anniversary of John's death each year. I put a lighted candle (electric) in my upstairs window..Yoko lights one every year at the Dakota...and I've released white balloons with messages to John tied to them written by my friends. My best friend and I did a White Album party a few years back on the anniversary of the release of that album. Everyone had to wear white; we only served white food; we had a Beatles cover band (our friends) perform; we showed videos of the Beatles; and we had a table of Beatles memorabilia for people to peruse. We also did a Beatles trivia contest (teams). The winning team got a CD of Anthology songs. It turned out really well. We're working on another party for the spring. Have a wonderful time...you'll be surprised how great it is! It is more uplifting than sad, I found. You feel closer to them. (I also do balloons for George)

Creative and sweet. Good for you.

 

19 November 2013
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That sounds like a great party, mccartneyalarm.  We should all have Beatles friends to play and do creative things with.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

20 November 2013
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you gotta add MEAT CITY, too the list....

20 November 2013
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breatle62 said
you gotta add MEAT CITY, too the list....

It's not one of my favorites, but I'll play it if you come.

Does anyone else have any favorites I omitted?

...by the way, what I tried to do was only include songs that John wrote by himself, and (for the most part) sang by himself.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

20 November 2013
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Any John party i came to (and you're does sound such good fun) i would be looking to here have the demo of Real Love from John's anthology (not the Beatles version). I occasionally think of here doing one of those mass events where at the same time we all watch one film or listen to a song as others sites have done with various material it but the time differences might prove to be a problem. 

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
20 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said
I occasionally think of here doing one of those mass events where at the same time we all watch one film or listen to a song as others sites have done with various material it but the time differences might prove to be a problem. 

I wonder if that might be easier during the holidays.

parlance

 

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