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35 years - 8th December 2015
8 December 2015
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Rex Marigold
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I was 16 and had been a huge Beatles and Lennon fan since about 12. I was preparing to leave for school and listening to radio, when they broke the news of the assassination. I was just numb, and wouldn't talk about it with my friends who knew how big a Beatles fan I was - I must have been afraid of breaking down.

Now I'm much older than John Lennon ever got to be. I would have loved to hear what kind of music his comeback produced.

Going to listen to his solo career today. Currently playing Plastic Ono Band - so stripped down, so devastating.

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8 December 2015
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^ our new member's avatar is throwing me off with it being similar to the one @Expert Textpert is using now. I was just about to question ExTex's memory on his dates. There was no way he (ExTex) could have been 16 in 1980. I was 12 years old when those fateful shots rang out. However, I had no clue who John Lennon was at that stage of my life.

Anyhoo, welcome to the forum, @Rex Marigold. I'm glad you've joined the BB forum. I hope you become a regular poster here.

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8 December 2015
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John,

I haven't listened to your (and the other three, can't forget about them) music for very long. Since mid-August, I suppose, I finally came to an understanding of the fervent obsession everyone has for you (and your music, can't forget about that). You've taken me on an adventure in these 4 months what most fans experienced over a decade or more. Your music has taken me through the many fazes of life and I feel as if I've grown up right along with you and everyone else. Sometimes, however, the vicarious experience saddens me.

I often feel as if I don't know much about the world, and that the big picture of life is daunting. It's also embarrassing to even pretend I can identify or look up to a musician who I never knew personally and had a cruel streak--but the person behind all the songs is what helps me fall in love with the music. Your music has showed me how multifaceted the world is--scary and wonderful at the same time how the most horrific of feelings can be made into a beautiful song. I know that I am a different person through my music; better than the "reality." I haven't changed in the way I sing: still a bit too loud and forever a soprano, but you taught me how to be a mocker. You've shown me that there is so much more than the intelligence of realizing what those notes on a piece of paper mean. It's humbling to hear the layered talent it takes to play by ear. You've yet to teach me how to be better at that and sarcasm. Both are an art. They actually say that sarcastic people tend to be creative. (No, I don't know who.)

The way I think about music now is different because of you. I haven't even played much of your music on the piano. I can't even reach many of your manly notes. Yet I still feel the need to listen and to sing along. Now when I craft my own melodies, I always consider what you've done with dissonance. I also consider what you would do in today's world. I'm even afraid you wouldn't like me, which is ridiculously petty. (Of course you would. ;))

The last 4 months seem like a long dream of which I haven't woken up and probably will never wake from. I might be doing other things: working, learning, playing other music and singing other songs, but all I ever think about is your music. Just today, I was complimenting your ballad with Yoko and complaining about the vending machine and it turns out about 50 people laughed at me because I was talking so loudly with my headphones in and everyone had gone quiet.

Thank you for filling up so much life in the spare one which you were given. I'm so sorry you didn't have longer. When "Strawberry Fields Forever " came on today, I swear I smelled something fruity. I am suspicious of signs, but it was a pleasant experience. 

Thank you most of all for your music. It makes me realize that I am more than just a speck in the universe. I am a dreamer because I hope that my own music can fill up others some day.

Much love,

More than a fan, but less than a friend

P.S. I love you. 🙂

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Welcome, Rex.

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Rex Marigold said
I was 16 and had been a huge Beatles and Lennon fan since about 12. I was preparing to leave for school and listening to radio, when they broke the news of the assassination. I was just numb, and wouldn't talk about it with my friends who knew how big a Beatles fan I was - I must have been afraid of breaking down.

Now I'm much older than John Lennon ever got to be. I would have loved to hear what kind of music his comeback produced.

Going to listen to his solo career today. Currently playing Plastic Ono Band - so stripped down, so devastating.

@Rex Marigold https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....u-react/ 

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10 December 2015
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Rex, you are more than welcome to copy your thoughts above and put them into a post in the thread SG linked to.

14 December 2015
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We're not long out of the 14th where I am, and in some places it still is, 35 years ago the world stood silent...

http://ultimateclassicrock.com.....ent-vigil/

I do sometimes wonder what John's murder, and more so the response to it, would have been like had we had rolling news and the internet at the time...

What would this site have looked like if it existed 35 years ago?

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Amazing video, @Ron Nasty. The effect on his idealistic thinking is evident in this video and how ahead of its time he was. That video is such a good piece of history.

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