Today, Wednesday, December 8, is the 30th anniversary of the night when John Lennon was shot and killed in New York City, outside the Dakota apartment building on Central Park West which was his home.
Tributes are taking place around the world, in New York City and here in Baristaville.
Tonight, in Montclair, Studio 12 is asking performers at their open mic night to sing a song or two by the fallen musician.
Last year, I was lucky enough to catch the exhibit of Imagine: The Peace Ballad of John and Yoko at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The admission-free celebration of the couple’s famous “bed in,” which took place at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel 40 years earlier, rekindled the philosophy behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s commitment for today’s world.
At the exhibit’s end, there were live “wishing trees” set up — indoor trees on which to hang one’s written thoughts about peace in the world. We would like to offer up this post’s comment space for our readers to do the same. Please share with us any thoughts, memories or visions you have that relate to Lennon’s message, music, life or death. Link to your favorite video, art or quote.
And if you’ll be at Studio 12 tonight (12 Church Street, 2nd fl, Montclair), tell us what you plan to sing, or what you hope to hear. Certainly, this one might be in order, even in the opinion of this Jewish woman who will celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with the lighting of a full menorah this evening. After all, the concept behind War is Over! If You Want it. is non-denominational.