Tis the time to be remembering the music greats who left us much too young. A couple of weeks ago it was the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix‘s passing and Beijing was treated to 3 gigs by our own Hendrix tribute band Purple Smog. (If you were unlucky enough to miss these gigs, they will be playing one more at the end of the month!) Just a few days ago it was the same anniversary for Janis Joplin. I’m sure BD and others will agree, Daisy Sweetgrass does a beautiful cover of Me & Booby McGee, The Redbucks sets will not be the same without that one. And coming up in a few months the trinity is completed by the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison‘s death. Do we have a Beijing Doors tribute band in the works? I hope so, if not, let’s get one happening!
Today marks a difference anniversary, not of death, but of birth. Today John Lennon would have turned 70. They say you’re either a Lennon fan or a McCartney fan. My mother was a huge McCartney fan, so of course I became a Lennon fan. Unfortunately my dad’s dreams of me becoming a concert pianist may have died at age 8, but after 1 year of lessons the only song I could play (or maybe wanted to play?) was Imagine. And I still remember at age 15 visiting the Beatles Museum in walking into that big white room, a white grand piano sitting in the middle with those signature glasses sitting on top.
While chatting with friends about all the anniversaries earlier this week we started talking about who would make it into our personal Mount Rushmore of music. 4 artists/bands that made the biggest impact on you, not music in general or the world – just you! John Lennon is definitely one of my four. And by that I mean Lennon himself and not the Beatles. I’ve found even listening to my Beatles playlist at work today, almost all of the songs I like are written by Lennon; Come Together, Revolution, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Across the Universe, I could keep going. But the songs I love more are his own ones, Imagine, Jealous Man and Real Love to name a few (btw, Regina Specktor does a beautiful cover of Real Love)
So, who would be in your Mount Rushmore of music? Would you include Lennon or McCartney, the Beatles as a whole, or maybe none of them?