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John Lennon Remembered - 2003


Dec 8th, 2003 marks the 23rd anniversary of John Lennon's death. The horrific manner by which he died and his relatively young age still make his death, even after so much time has passed, difficult to accept. These feelings are reinforced as new fans discover his music and learn about the circumstances surrounding his death. They are thrilled to hear classic John Lennon songs like "Imagine" for the first time, only to be saddened upon learning of his death. For those who remember the day John Lennon died and have mourned his loss all these years, it is comforting to see his spirit live on as a new generation of fans discover his music. As long as his music is around, John Lennon will never die.

 

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Dec 8, 2003
Joolz
Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK
I remember. I've just got to work and I'm sitting at my desk listening to "Some time in New York City" and disturbing my co-workers with "Woman is the nigger of the world". Not a bad start to the day, or to the working week! John - here's to you kid. You never went away xxxxxx

Dec 8, 2003
Linda
A little town somewhere in Holland
23 years ago today and still unbelievable.. I woke up this morning and the first thing I heard was "Happy X-mas (War is over)" and for some reason it touched me more than it ever has. You're gone but you left us with so much to remember you by and so much things we can enjoy. You made an impact on the world, we'll never forget you John, here's to you..

Dec 8, 2003
Sharad
Chennai, India
Sometimes I get the feeling that I was born into an incomplete world... I was born four years after Lennon was killed, but like many other post-lennon people like me, I feel like I've known him all my life. I wonder what music today would have been like if John was still around. I wonder what the WORLD would have been like... Anyway Johnny, continue rocking Heaven with George. I hope you're having a good time.

Dec 8, 2003
Josh
I was born 2 years after he died. It was such a shock to hear how he died. I just started listing to his music 2 months ago. He has touched my heart and inspired me so much, and taught me about love and peace. He has changed me in many ways and having a new outlook on life. Hope your enjoying your Everlasting Life with God in Heaven, and say hi to George Harrison for me. This is for you John! Love you man!

Dec 8, 2003
beatlefan
Your music sounds brand new to me still,John.thank you for all you did for this world.I hope you are shining on...........

Dec 8, 2003
John the genius
london england
23 years ago today, the world lost a very special person. No matter how much time passes, for many people it still hurts. It makes me angry that he was stolen away from us too soon, taken away from future generations. But I thank God that we had him, even if it were for a short while. I am thankful that he gave us so much beutiful music that will last forever. Keep on watching over us from Heaven John and we will keep you legend alive.

Dec 8, 2003
Len
Ireland
This is a sad day for all of us JL fans, but also a day to look at our world. Here in this violent turbulent world of war and greed and corruption and death and sadness, we need to look to JL's music to lead us through it all, but we also need to use his message and practise it preach it like a once forgotten gospel. We not need only like his teachings and music but also use his music as a tool to become active in this world, that we CAN make a diffrence, we can bring peace if we wish it, we have to take this message of peace on the streets tell our friends about it educate our family about it, get involved with activism. Peace can't just get here on it's own we have to get up and make peace and live it and breathe it and teach it, that is what JL would want us to do. His message still continues in the hearts of us, but we must listen to the message in our hearts and see it as a wake up call to action, peaceful activism, peaceful protests, and even peaceful disagreements with others, we have to live peace think peace and we can then bring peace it will radiate all around us. John gave us much and continues to give us much, music, movies, poetry, and art, but the greatest thing he ever gave us was compassion, compassion to dream compassion to imagine and compassion to try and correct social injustices.. so when you hear the words "And so this is Christmas and what did you do? think about it, just what have we done, please lets all make a contribution to help this suffering world so peace can flourish Give Peace a chance and thank you John for all you have given us. We still remember you and we still Imagine and Dream and someday we will all be with you in Peace

Dec 8, 2003
Tim Swaddling
Canada
As the biggest influence on my life in so many ways, I offer a humble thanks to your contribution and everlasting spirit. Tim

Dec 8, 2003
Juli
I miss you John!

Dec 8, 2003
Robee
Brisbane, Australia
I was born 8 years after John's death and i have recently discovered George's, Paul's, Ringo's and especially John's music.....and that music my life. It has comforted me, helped me, inspired me, opened my eyes and made me remember. Thankyou John for inspiring me to be a better person and help others my age who don't know so much about everything you did, realise that you wern't just a hippie and the things you did for the world should be remembered, respected, and kept alive! thankyou for changing my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love you and george, all my lovin, Robin xxxxx

Dec 8, 2003
Robert Howard
england
the best songwriter the world has ever heard and his songs will go on forever

Dec 8, 2003
Heiko
Germany
What a sad day...I miss you, John...thank you.

Dec 8, 2003
MP
Always in our thoughts...

Dec 8, 2003
Phillippa Finter
Hi John, I hope you have fun, merry X-mas. I realy hope your watching. I want to (I wish to) know what you think... I love you. love Phillippa

Dec 8, 2003
Ringi
Germany
What a depressive Day for all of us... Youre still everyday in my mind, and I try many days to play your great music. Peaceful Greetings from Germany Ringi (A working class hero)

Dec 8, 2003
4MuLA
I raise my glass to you, peaceful warrior. Always in our minds. You are a timeless hero. Merry Xmas John

Dec 8, 2003
Chuck
New Jersey, USA
Your music still lives within me John. We all miss you, Brother

Dec 8, 2003
STEVIE COCHRAN
John,you are a part of our lives,always. We miss you. Stevie Cochran

Dec 8, 2003
Ferdi
John, you continue to be an inspiration for many. Rest in peace, brother.

Dec 8, 2003
Steve
Plymouth UK
23 years on and we still can't seem to turn your imagination nto our reality. God bless you John, still the greatest....

Dec 8, 2003
sgtlennon
USA
What can I say. "when I can not sing my heart, I can only speak my mind"....This is always a time of reflection for me. Not a day goes by that I don't miss your wit, your talent, and your commitment to wonderful ideals. We are all better off having had you in our world. The possibilities seemed endless. Now, we have had to be content with your memory. Thank you for being you. I love ya, Johnny!

Dec 8, 2003
Carly
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
Every year, it's still hard to believe you're gone..... Love you, John.

Dec 8, 2003
Josh
Tucson
In windows: Record words, numbers and letters in the sound recorder one at a time, be specific, like "7" "I" "the" "God" "am" "Alien" etc. Make a huge list. Then save into a file and load them all into the cd player in media rack, After click the random button and continuous play for messages. Note down each word that is played random on paper or in text. If you really want to find out real the truth about the otherside, you can make a computer random generated weji board instead with just letters and numbers. Just a fun experiment if your bored with life. Maybe you could contact Johns spirit or somethin!

Dec 8, 2003
Justin
New Haven, CT
I was only 3 years old when John passed away, but I was brought up on his music,my parents listened and still listen to his music all the time,and I can't believe it has been 23 years since he left us.Two years ago my parents bought me one of the best Christmas presents I ever got, it was a "Walls and Bridges" picture and artwork of John's, he did it when he was 10 years old, but the best thing about it was that it was autograghed back in 1973 when the album came out.It is my pride and joy.So as we all remember a legend today just take a moment and play one of his albums and just think what he would have to say about all the things that are happening in the world.For his birthday this past Oct.9,a bunch of my friends did a Beatle/Lennon tribute to remember him on his 63rd birthday here in CT.What a great way to just to honnor a great person and musician.I miss him very much and he touched my life in many differnt ways, and could only "IMAGINE" what his music would be like today.John Lennon 4 ever!!!

Dec 8, 2003
Nowhere Man
There are places I remember, all my life, though some have changed. Some forever, not for better, some have gone, and some remain. Lennon remains. He changed the way in which artists were seen. Sure, many have, like Dylan, but no one had such impact as John did. Being a post-death Lennon fan (born '86) I could not experience John live, but at least i was spared the day when he died. It was a great loss but his extraordinary death emphasises that he was extraordinary. He'll be affecting people for years to come, like he did me and i suppose even my children. I admire that he fought for his ideals and that he did not give up. He taught us "how to play the game". Thank you John Lennon. Nowhere Man.

Dec 8, 2003
mar
germany
feelings are hard to describe...love you john

Dec 8, 2003
Owen
Newcastle upon Tyne - England
God Bless you John...

Dec 8, 2003
Mischelle
Australia
The years are flying so fast John but you just seem to be getting closer to us. You left enough of yourself in your beautiful lyrics and music, they keep us wanting to know more of you...and we do just that. You just keep hanging in there for me, you are there when the lights go out in my life and you bring me through it to a brighter place. I don't know why it happened and I hurt inside for the pain you endured. Tonight when I was driving down the mountain to pick up my kids I was listening to a Mind Games tape..just as I put it in to play I looked to my left and saw a big white ute with a 'Peace' sign sticker. You have been big all day for me John. I just wanted you to know that. 'PEACE' *M*

Dec 8, 2003
Josette
Cookeville, TN
No one ever really dies if we keep them in our hearts. And John, you never leave mine. Josette

Dec 8, 2003
Mary - Margaret (Hermione)
Canada
Love ya lots, John and I miss ya so much. Wish you were still here... Love, ~Hermione~

Dec 8, 2003
Haley
Michigan
John, You'll be in our hearts and in our minds for twenty-three more years and on.................Love you John

Dec 8, 2003
Jena
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!! TO HAVE THE POWER TO EFFECT KIDS EVEN 16 YEARS AFTER YOUR DEATH IS MAGICAL. YOU ARE WITH GEORGE NOW. I LOVE YOU.

Dec 8, 2003
Jena
I was born 7 years after you died and you affected my piano playing AND MY OUTLOOK ON ART AND LIFE. I screwed up the year on my last entry - I have been living 16 years without you, eventhough I feel like i know you.

Dec 8, 2003
LuckyFace
You changed everything. And the world's a better place for it.

Dec 8, 2003
Tom
Cape Cod
I remember the 8th of December. Miss you always.

Dec 8, 2003
Karen
John made the world a finer place to live in; amid all of our shared suffering, we can still derive great joy and moments of pure bliss from his music. Remember, above all, to practice compassion everyday towards all beings, and someday, perhaps, the world will be closer to what John would have wanted. Peace Peace Peace Peace Peace we miss you John! Om Mani Pema Hung

Dec 8, 2003
Pavel
Czech rep.
Your music is in me. Always will remember you and your contribution to our world. Miss you John.

Dec 8, 2003
jellyhair
Liverpool
Another year has passed since that terrible day,they get quicker and quicker in coming round.Would you want us to be still sad even now? I doubt it somehow ,yet it's impossible to forget you and your laughs and most important your music. Poor John,you had a tough life in many ways but it didn't turn you inward.Bless you.

Dec 8, 2003
L Rita
Kansas City, USA
Wow! It has been 23 years since you were taken from us. It is so hard to believe it has been so long ago. I hate today because it reminds me how horrible some people can be to others. You have made me a more insightful, happier person by being there and you will NOT be forgotten. Peace. Wherever you are, you are here. L Rita

Dec 8, 2003
TONY TAYLOR
DALLAS, TEXAS USA
Wow! 23 years have passed, its hard to believe. I'll never forget waking up on Dec 9th, 1980 ready to celebrate my 25th birthday. Turning on the radio to hear something good to start MY day. "Imagine" was playing, I thought, what a great song to start my Bday with. But when the song was over, I got the news. I'll never forget.

Dec 8, 2003
j.c.
I had bought and was so happy with the Double Fantasy album - great from the first song, to the last on side 2. I was playing it for my college house mates. It was a cold December; there was snow on the ground. I woke up that morning to the alarm radio, and the DJ was playing one Lennon song after another. I thought, "that's odd, why are they playing so many Lennon songs?". I will never forget that sad day.

Dec 8, 2003
Jim
Bellmore NY
I can remember watching Monday Night Football and Howard Cosell reconfirming what we already heard on local FM radio - that John had been shot and killed. Christmas that year wasn't the same. You didn't feel young anymore and a sense of innocence was lost. I miss Lennon's wit. New York misses him, too. God knows we could have used him after 9/11. I think he could have eased the burden somewhat in his owm inimitable way. Rest in peace.

Dec 8, 2003
Dug Crumley
Richmond, Virginia
23 years and the pain is still so deep that it brings me to tears. 23 years without your wit & wisdom. 23 years with no new music to touch our hearts and help us deal with lifes trials, tribulations and times of great happiness. 23 years...unbelievable. You touched my heart and made me what I am today. My children never had the chance to share the anticipation and subsequent joy of hearing what you would say or play next. Thank God you left so much behind. I love you John. Tell my father and George hello for me, will you?

Dec 8, 2003
beatlebunny
IN, USA
I don't consider this "remembering John." If that's the case, I've remembered him for 7 years. I consider my 7 years as a fan years spent getting to know John. It may not be the in the most personal sense, but I've always thought of his music as a big piece of him. Thanks to John's music, these seven years have been some of the best years in my short life. God bless him. :)

Dec 8, 2003
Dara
New Jersey
23 YEARS? It just seems so weird. I was not alive when you left us, but you still put an impact on my life. We miss you John more and more everyday. :(

Dec 8, 2003
Music Nut
Every year it just feels weirder and weirder, sadder and sadder. Maybe I could write this "song poem" for today. Just think of this, maybe as of the moment Buddy Holly and John Lennon are up there right now, in a music duel to be the "rock n roll guardian angel" of all music, of all rock n roll's fans. If He were here today: What would he do if he were here today? Would he laugh? Would he say Those familiar words of "Give Peace a chance"? I have never met him; But -oh- if I would, I would say "I want to follow in your footsteps". He'd laugh and say I am mad Or he could smile and say "All right" But his death made New York sad And never let the lights out at night. Would he have started his controversy To make that music we adore? Singing, "Tomorrow will be a new day" And will touch my heart -others- forevermore. Has anyone figured who it is yet? What would Lennon do?

Dec 8, 2003
Jason Jones
Cheyenne, WY
Wow, I will always remember that day, as the music and lryics guide me through this messed up world.

Dec 8, 2003
Darden Copeland
Montgomery, AL, USA
Even though I was born 8 years after John passed away I feel as if I was there that tragic day. I've been a Beatle fan since i was one when my day played me "You Really got a Hold on Me" off of thier second album. Then i got into his music and i feel in love with it. It has givein me a reason to believe that good things can happen and his my reason to go out and try and get peace across the world. I cry every Dec 8. "Imagine all the people living life in peace."- John Lennon

Dec 8, 2003
Garrettt Gilbertson
Winona, MN
I almost didn't realize what day it is. He wasn't even alive in my time, but if it weren't for his music, my job as a bar musician wouldn't be nearly as much fun. -- or possibly be nonexistant. I don't think I would have even liked music if I hadn't started out on a healthy dose of Beatles. Today is a day for the Plastic Ono Band album for me.

Dec 8, 2003
PJ Hazuda
I remember the night John was assasinated as if it were yesterday. I was in NYC for the Christmas Tree lighting with on a high school trip and arrived back home after 10:30pm. My Mom called to me and told me I might want to hear what was on the 11 O'Clock news. There it was - ex-Beatle John Lennon had been shot and killed in front of the Dakota by a "crazed fan"(an oxymoron if there ever was one). Crowds began gathering near Central Park West, across the street from the Dakota. The week leading up the moment of silence that Sunday was pure, unadulterated torture. Nearing every radio station in New York played Beatle and Lennon solo tunes, not helping to lessen the pain, only to reiterate the fact that John was gone and his music was all that would live on. I've been told I'm not a 'true' Beatle fan because I am sickened by the crass commercialization of John's legacy by his widow, Yoko Ono. She has shown her true colors over the past 23 years by mass marketing everything John created, most recently the Lennon jewelry line. Peace, Love and the Almighty Dollar are what she's always been about and always will be. Rest in peace, John. I'll always remember you as a friend and guiding force in my life.

Dec 8, 2003
B.CALVET
BARCELONA,SPAIN
Un ao mas te recordamos. Que algn da se haga realidad lo que dices en IMAGINE!!!

Dec 8, 2003
pooryoungcountryboy
long island - ny
"Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup, They slither while they pass, they slip away Across the Universe. Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind,Possessing and caressing me." Will stop by "the Field" later this week - look for me Johnny.

Dec 8, 2003
Ira
Bountiful, Utah
The wind is low, the birds will sing, you are part of everything. Dear Prudence, won't you let me see you smile? Thanks John.

Dec 8, 2003
Debbi
Give peace a chance. Miss you John.

Dec 8, 2003
Lennon318
Your memory will never fade in this world that misses you so much. we are all a little lost without you. I'll see you in Strawberry Fields tonight as we sing your songs and remember all the hope and love you gave to us through your music

Dec 8, 2003
al
As George said all those years ago when John died, 'As long as the person is alive in your heart and memory they are not dead'. All things must pass, None of life's strings can last. Rest in peace John. Thank you for the music and for more than a life time of memories.

Dec 8, 2003
Joe Delke
Island Lake, Il, USA
I'm going to listen to your music all day as I always do on your birthday and today. I can only Imagine what might have been if you were still here. I miss you even though I never met you, but you became a great friend through your music and art. God Bless You.

Dec 8, 2003
Spiggy Topes
Liverpool UK
Whodathunkit? 23 years later. I don't feel sad, we've all gotta go sometime, but I do feel the injustice of the way you were taken. The brightest sparks always fade first. I don't think you would want anyone to grieve for this long though. I wonder what you would have to say for yourself today. Probably much of the same. Who knows? Burned in my consciousness forever. Spiggy

Dec 8, 2003
Eren
Los Angeles, CA USA
I am sure many of us remember the day and the minute when we found out that John Lennon was shot. I certainly do! I also remember the day when I arrived to NYC 3 days later and the first thing I did, I went to the Dakota. These memories will stick with me always. And John will always live in my heart. This is a very sad day for me every single year. I have friends whose birthday is on December 8, but every year instead of celebrating it with them, I feel sad remembering the Man, the Legend and everything about him! All those years ago, I had an embroidered jacket that read "John Lennon Forever". Well today, 23 years later, John Lennon is Forever!!!!

Dec 8, 2003
Kyle Mccready
England
I have grown up with john lennons music and iam still a fan today his music is the best i will be playing his music for ever it will never grow old R.I.P john lennon ARE thoughts are with you YOKO

Dec 8, 2003
Karen Funk Blocher
USA
After all these years, December 8 still means to me what memories of Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) mean to my parents' generation. It was a shocking loss. It still is. The difference is that Lennon inspired peace efforts, while the attack on the Arizona inspired war (an unfortunately necessary one). World War II was already on in England when John Lennon came into the world, and continued to affect that country well after hostilities ceased. Did it affect John's attitudes toward war and peace? I don't know. The war he fought (not his personal battles with drugs and his "beast" friends and himself; his public one) was against the nastier wars of the later 20th century, especially Vietnam. It was against prejudice and hatred. I don't agree with all the lyrics of Imagine (as a Christian, I can't go along with "imagine there's no heaven"), but clearly his heart was in the right place. Now the U.S. and England are involved in another nasty military action in a faraway part of the world, and Lennon's spirit is needed more than ever. Putting on Happy Xmas/War is Over won't solve it, but it might be a starting point. Happy Chrimble, John, and God bless you.

Dec 8, 2003
lou walker
lincoln, england
TODAYS THE DAY FOR THINKING ABOUT JOHN LENNON AND I AM IM THINKING IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE HIM HERE BANGING ON ABOUT PEACE, WOMEN, LOVE AND BAKING BREAD GOD BLESS HIM GOOD OLD JOHNNY BOY LOU

Dec 8, 2003
EMR
USA
SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY WE WERE SITTING DOWN ON 72ND STREET TALKING ABOUT SEAN AND HOW HE REACTD TO THE PHOTO SHOOT THAT DAY...YOU HAVE BEEN AND ALWAYS SHALL BE MY FRIEND I MISS YOU VERY MUCH

Dec 8, 2003
Carlos
Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
John, you are sorely missed in today's world, with a U.S. President and administration that has no regard for the truth, tramples on human dignity, and caused a senseless and unjustified war in Iraq. Today's music stars have no courage or guts to point out the truth, as they are only concerned with selling music and making money. I have no doubt that if you were alive today, you would be the first to point out that the emperor has no clothes. "Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do, nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too."

Dec 8, 2003
Fintan
UK
When John died, I thought that world would never be the same again, it would become more vunerable. I think this has been true, it is now more vunerable because we have lost a person who cared.

Dec 8, 2003
David Fairbanks
Normal, Illinois
We all shine on. Shine on from wherever you are now John, we all miss you greatly.

Dec 8, 2003
Jaynie Mullins
Edgewood, Maryland USA
Monday December 8, 1980 and Tuesday September 11, 2001 are two of the darkest days in my life. The senselessness and brutality of it all. When the WTC attacks took place, one of my first thoughts was if only John Lennon were here. You can bet your arse he'd be taking to the streets enbracing his fellow human beings. Encouraging us all to move forward for peace. John, your music and your message live on. We Love You! Imagine

Dec 8, 2003
Jen
Canada
I wasn't even around to be sad on this day 23 years ago. The effect this man had on the world was amazing. So many fans all around the world are mourning his death 23 years later. It's incredible. I love ya, John.

Dec 8, 2003
Starcrazy
Iowa City, Iowa, USA
John, I don't have anything especially profound to write in this space, and I refuse to use it to expound on what you would have thought of the current state of affairs. I don't know what you would think about the war or gun control or gay marriage or which presidential candidates you would be supporting, because you're not here. All I can tell you is that I'm sitting in my dorm room listening to "Grow Old With Me" and thinking about how my parents used to play me Beatles songs when I was but a wee fetus.

Dec 8, 2003
kitty
Bless you, wherever you are.

Dec 8, 2003
vikie
Argentina
We miss you John.

Dec 8, 2003
miss l
boston
i learned life from you.

Dec 8, 2003
Holly
CANADA
John died two years before I was born, and yet it seems so strange that he's dead. His music and philosophy has meant so much to me. Although certainly not a perfect man, he was someone who truly "lived"...and he lives on still. Peace!

Dec 8, 2003
jc
Martinez, CA, USA
You showed a sad, desperate boy how to laugh, cry and make waves in this world. How to be brave. How to be strong. How to hit back, with ferocious love. When you left, the shadows grew long. But your light shines on. I'm tuning up for you today.

Dec 8, 2003
Day Tripper
Laguna Beach, CA USA
what can i say that you dont' already know?? You come to me in my dreams, you are in my thoughts, you know me. i hope your next life is as beautiful as the one you had here. we love you... hare krishna!

Dec 8, 2003
Richard Field
Hungary
I believe I was eight or nine years old when I "discovered" the Beatles. Among my parents many classical records were Sgt. Peppers and The White Album, original Apple lable first editions which I played over and over again on my cheap, plastic record player that I used alternatingly as a pottery wheel. So enraptured was I by the Beatles that I actually built a FM transmitter from an electronics kit so that I could broadcast my discovery to the neighborhood (along with weather and news reports). The revelation six months later that the signal did not extend outside my bedroom walls was nothing short of devestating. One Thanksgiving my father even filmed my brother, sister and I "performing" "Back in the USSR" in its entirety. I played lead tennis raquet. I'll never forget learning of Lennon's death from my seventh grade music teacher. Like me, she was a big fan of the Beatles (who actually devoted one entire music lesson to presenting evidence of McCartney's alleged demise and ensuing cover-up). I wasn't particularly fond of my music teacher, but on December 8th, 1980 we both mourned the death of John Lennon. I remember spotting the faces of Paul McCartney and George Harrison among the thousands of mourners who had gathered outside the Dakota in a spontaneous outpouring of grief and bewilderment. The mourners lit candles, sang Beatles' and Lennon songs, and did their best to put a brave face on things. Ten years later I actually met Julian Lennon at his girlfriend's home in Beverly Hills. I couldn't help but get the impression that Julian had yet to reconcile himself to the tragedy and wastefulness of his father's murder. But then again, who has? It was 23 years ago today that John Lennon was shot dead at the age of 40 by Mark David Chapman. Long live John Lennon.

Dec 8, 2003
Craig Alfonso
NYC
you make your own dream. That's the Beatles' story, isn't it? That's Yoko's story . That's what I'm saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It's quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don't expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself. That's what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshiped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be. There's nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you. ~John Lennon~ (1940 - 1980)

Dec 8, 2003
TPM
New York, NY
I remember getting to school that morning and heading to the field where all the "Freaks" hung out to smoke. I was in tenth grade and I use to wear Lennon glasses and kept my hair long like his. I got to the field and one of my friends told me about Lennon's death. I just stayed in the field all day and didn't go into school. I have to admit that day was a little blurry due to my youth and my bad habits. I was one of those guys who always had music on him. Kind of like a professional listener. I had just bought or recorded "Double Fantasy." As I said, it was a little blurry back then. We listend all day over and over again. "Most peculiar momma -- roll." John's contribution to music was, is and always will be the standard bearer for musicians to strive for. My brothers and sisters turned me on to The Beatles and I can't thank them enough for opening my eyes to good music. I work with young people all the time and it is such a pleasure to turn them on to Lennon and of course the rest of The Beatles. John you have been in my thoughs for so many years and especially the past two years since I have been in NYC. I usually run by your's and Yoko's Strawberry Fields in Central Park weekly. I will stop by this week and say hello and I will always Remember Love. Please Yoko continue to release more and more of John's music as well as your own. Share him with us...Love, TPM

Dec 8, 2003
Lucky Penny
NYC
What is there to say, that others below haven't already said? Here we are, another year, and my love for you has only grown stronger (imagine that!). You are my musical mentor, a spiritual guide, an influential activist; when I'm down, your wit never ceases to digress my mind to happier thoughts, and when I'm happy, your ideals of peace and love enforce my mood.... without you, I would be a significantly different person, on the negative. And so as peculiar as it may sound for someone who was born in 1986........I miss you. Love always, Lucky Penny

Dec 8, 2003
April
NY
Your music has spanned for decades and continues to reach those who were born after your death. Through song and speech, you are a guiding light for all, and will be kept alive for many, many years to come.

Dec 8, 2003
Jamie
New York
Well, another year over and what have we done? Many things, I'm sure: some good, some bad, some that have made us smile, some that have made us cry. But through it all, for me, is John's and the Beatles' music. They are constant sources of joy, happiness, comfort, and pleasure in my life, and always will be. Will take a trip up to the Dakota and Stawberry Fields tonight to send my love, and my brother Daniel's too. John, wherever you are, thank you.

Dec 8, 2003
Aileen
What would the world have been without John Lennon? Duller, slower, less imaginative, certainly less funny. The pain that I feel about his life ending is lessened a bit when I can enjoy the immortal legacy he left. His music, his films, his books. John was "too big for the room" - and now that he's left the room, he's filling the cosmos with that same magic he shared with us.

Dec 8, 2003
Kevin Faughnan
St. Leonard, Maryland
December 8, 1980 is one of the darkest days of my life! I'm still trying to accept your senseless death - John, you meant so much to me as I grew up with the Beatles, devoured your music, learned to play guitar and piano, and write my own songs. I still miss you! God bless you wherever you are . . . !

Dec 8, 2003
James Davis
Chicago, IL, USA
Sense Memory: 1980 / A loft on Apple Street, / mescal burning as it goes / down, like the wax river / I'm melting, coaxing / the candles flat, across / the battered table, the worm / ... in my belly beginning to stir, / as snakes wiggle in the carpet, / and white noise floats in on the radio, walls / still breathing, "Mr. Lennon", my voice / ... startles me, like hearing it on tape, / always deeper than expected, "was shot", / as the DJ plays "There are places / I remember" three times, the wax / crackling as the needle slides across, / "leaving his apartment in New York City", / ... then I'm driving home, wide awake, / yellow mollies and beer / slither inside me / like some kind of prank, / not yet grief, I masturbate / in the bath, take an hour to come, / ... tingling raw in milky water / the color of wax, my body / a grey clump having eaten / the worm at last, "Mr. Lennon", / the radio said, or is it me? / ... (c) 2000, James Davis

Dec 8, 2003
Abbey
USA
23 years. So much has changed since then. I often wonder how things would be if you were still here. A little more peaceful, a little more loving, perhaps. This is truly one of the worst days of the year. It's just so sad and pointless. I *heart* you, John.

Dec 8, 2003
Karen Dancy-Pool
Houston, TX, USA
I have always said that the two John's death changed the world. John Lennon and John Kennedy. I remember December 8, 1980 as one of the darkest days in my past. Such a senseless act and WHY? I still love and miss John and always will. He will always live in my heart with his music and paintings.

Dec 8, 2003
Janet
Canada
John was a complex person. He spread the message of love, peace and harmony while he himself was quite violent when he wanted to be. But underneath it all, he was very vunrable and unsure of himself. His beautiful voice and timeless songs will always be in my heart. He created a world for us to go and let us know that it would be alright if we just did our part and spread the message of peace. I will always be sad that I never got to thank him for the impact he has had on my life and the lives of countleass others. Let us hope that we can take his example and make this world a more beautiful place for us all in John`s memory. It is what he would have wanted. Love IS all you need.

Dec 8, 2003
Tammy/JLennongrrl
Waynesville, MO USA
23 years. It doesn't seem real. Granted, I was only 10 months old when you died, but somehow your death affects me as much as the people who remember it coherently. Your music is so peaceful, so loving; I can't imagine why you had to die the way you did. Peace be with you Johnny. I hope you and George are having a *LOVELY* jam fest. I'm sure you are. :) Tammy

Dec 8, 2003
olga
Russia
You are The Greatest, dear John. The World is missing you so very much. God, it drags me down to think how many things were left unsaid and undone... "He was cut down in his prime.." - What's the use of telling all these things now... Dear Johnny, you'll always be in my heart. For ever and ever. IN MY LIFE I LOVE YOU MORE...Miss you.

Dec 8, 2003
Mike Hedrick
VA
I had graduated High School eariler that year and that night I was [like most teens] partying with some of my friends at one of their folks house and watching Monday Night Football when they came over with the tragic announcment. For me it will always be "The Day The MUSIC Died". I learned from John to be REAL and be MYSELF and to CARE ABOUT OTHERS. I have a loving family, my music and am a "Working Class Hero". Peace -Mike

Dec 8, 2003
crippled inside
England
We are all thinking of u shine on

Dec 8, 2003
Jennie O
Calgary, AB Canada
My heart breaks today. John will forever be in our souls and hearts! My dearest and most warm thoughts to Yoko on this sad day. You both were an inspiration to all of us and a sign of what we all could become if we just abandon our fear and distrust. Thank you for the love, John. We love you and the world has been a darker place since this day 23 years ago.

Dec 8, 2003
Sohail
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Phew - Dec 8th always gives me the shivers. John - thank you for your message of peace through your music. Just thinking of your song "Imagine" makes me come out in goose-bumps - because I do try and imagine a world like that. I do my small thing, helping my fellow man to heal and learn that Love is the only way through. When faced with difficulty I ask myself "What would Love do now?" and the answer is usually simple - connect, forgive, let go. Thanks John for your inspiration and for putting into words what many of us feel. Peace.

Dec 8, 2003
Virele Jurez
Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
John you'll always shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun! Luv ya!

Dec 8, 2003
Adrian Stivala
Santa Venera Malta
When I discovered the Beatles at about 13 yrs of age in 1963 I knew that John Lennon was special among the special four. He will be remembered by future generations too because he turned his art - music into a tool for expressing human need to denounce violence, bigotry and hypocracy as well as an open view of mankind as brothers and sisters in one family. His life was a model. He had a difficult childhood and he knew that his success will serve to give others not only a life without a difficult childhood, but a life without difficulties at all, once the old prejudices are removed and a true culture of human understanding will be established. But this then is utopia. John Lennon, like Thomas Moore, the author of "Utopia", paid with his life for his way of thinking. One is never able to resist the terrifying notion that John Lennon's Death was the result of a conspiracy. He might have been too influencial among the established values of certain societies who thrived on the status quo or were scared of innovative values and ways of thinking which John Lennon's music and artistic expression embodied. John Lennon is indeed one of the greats of the 20th century - a century marked by wars and, perhaps significantly, by the elimination of one of the most untiring apostles of pacifism. Like all the great men in human affairs he paid with his life for his ideals. We'll meet again, John.

Dec 8, 2003
Bine
Germany
Imagine all the people living for today. Remembering John on the 8th of December for so many years.

Dec 8, 2003
Ms Penny Lane
Spain
I remember you John. You're still here, your music, your ideas... everybody know who is John Winston Lennon Smith, it means that he's with us. "...everybody seems to think I'm lazy...I don't mind, I think they're crazy [...] leave me were I am, I'm only sleeping..." Penny Lanne,18 years. Spain, Barcelona.

Dec 8, 2003
R & C
Cambs
John's music continues to touch lives. My 5 year old daughter has just discovered the Beatles and John's Music. I took her to the house where he was born and to Mendips. We stood by the Strawberry Field gates as I told her his story. Tonight we sat together and watched the John Lennon collection and sang along. Thank you John for all you gave to the world - and for all you continue to give. We will say a prayer tonight for Sean, Julian and Yoko. We all shine on.

Dec 8, 2003
awayinamanger
Boston, USA
Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say just to reach you. God Bless

Dec 8, 2003
Jack Grinhaus
Toronto, Canada
An unbelievable human being who taught people to speak their mind, express their true emotions, trust in love and believe in themselves. His music will live on. His influence will always remain. Look to God,Mother,In my life,You've got to hide your love away and I'm only sleeping for inspiration. The greatest influence in my life. Jack Grinhaus

Dec 8, 2003
Onondaga Girl
Six Nations, Ontario, Canada
Missing you today John. Heaven shines with your light and smile. I'll forever treasure yours and Yoko's visit on the night of December 8, 23 years ago. You're forever in my heart.

Dec 8, 2003
Kathryn
USA
I'll always remember that snowing morning, December 8, 1980, awakened to discover you were gone. Even though I was only 13 at the time I remember such a profound sense of loss and I still feel that today. You have shaped the person I have become as an adult. Imagine what a sad world this would have been if you had not been a part of it, even if only for a short while. Because of you I see everything and everyone around me as something special and I will always cherish those closest to me. I know you had more you wanted to say, but what you have left us with is a legacy of love. May God Bless You Always........

Dec 8, 2003
Maureen Brill
It's ironic. I am at my desk at work and I'm listening to a country station today. Twenty-three years ago today I was doing the same when I woke up to my alarm and the news announcer saying, "John Lennon, dead at 40." I was absolutely shocked. As I got ready for work I was wondering if that was really true, and if it was, I worried about Yoko and their then five year old son, Sean. Literally one week before I read a great article about them in Playboy. They seemed like such a friendly, loving couple. I was drafting a letter to invite them to Chicago, they can stay at my apartment and I could look after Sean so they can shop and see the sights. I changed the radio station to WXRT. The male announcer was devastated. His voice sounded like he was in a state of shock and grief, like he had been crying or trying not to while he was on the air. I went to work in the same state of shock, but I couldn't cry. My supervisor at the time didn't like the Beatles. She was a country music fan from New Orleans. I couldn't share how I felt to her. In time I was able to share my feelings about it with other John Lennon fans who were friends of mine. My eternal sympathies and prayers go to Yoko and Sean. Sean, you should know your father is proud of you and always will be. Yoko, he is proud of you too. John Lennon's ideas through his creativity are now meant for us to carry on. That is our job. He is watching us all now with faith.

Dec 8, 2003
lauren brotman
canada
his music, his words, and most importantly his spirit teaches and reminds us how to see clearly and simply, give generously,to BE truthfully, and that ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. truly a prophet.

Dec 8, 2003
Gina Jorstad
California
"And in the end, the love you make, is equal to the love you take" On This day, You were selfishly taken from your loved ones, and the world who loved you. Today, I teach my sons about you and your music with the Beatles, so they too can teach their own children someday... Your legacy will live forever. TO ALL: "REMEMBER LOVE" and John's message of hope and peace for yesterday, today and always.

Dec 8, 2003
drp
I wrote a story about it years ago, I post it on one of my websites every year. You can read it here http://www.drunkenbum.com if you're interested. Thanks, John. I miss you.

Dec 8, 2003
Melanie
tucson az
I was 15 when the Beatles hit the USA. I loved John then and I love him now. A peaceful man. So talented. Imagine.

Dec 8, 2003
Jeff
John Lennon, you are good.

Dec 8, 2003
Randy Davis
Paradise Calif. USA
I will never forget the day we lost John. My wife had just found out that she was pregnant with our first child. I was so excited! I couldn't wait to introduce him to the music of the Beatles and especially the work and words of John. I was watching television and a special report interrupted the broadcast to announce the tragic news. At that time his death had not been confirmed and I remember leaning forward off the chair and finding myself on my knees in shock. I sit as I write this and listen to his music I can't help but wonder just what else he would have given us. He is missed by so many, because he touched us all. "tomorrow never knows" P.S. Both my kids are HUGE Beatle fans.

Dec 8, 2003
Andrei Schneider
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Never forget. Love forever.

Dec 8, 2003
LUKE FORSTER
BRITAIN
THINKING OF YOU MATE. WHEREVER YOU ARE YOU ARE HERE,GOD BLESS YOU

Dec 8, 2003
Brandie Quick
New Ellenton, SC, USA
Everytime somebody stands up for what they believe in, John Lennon lives on. Everytime somebody dares to dream that this world could get better, John Lennon lives on. Everytime you smile at somebody, or write something down that means something, or create your own destiny, John Lennon lives on. So why should we mourn and believe that he has passed away from us? John Lennon lives. I love you, John. Thank you for giving so many people license to dream and be themselves.

Dec 8, 2003
Lord Moss Side
ENGLAND
I went to Mendips this year about a week after it started having visits from the public as a National Trust Preservation. It brought back all the memories of that fateful day and how someone so young was robbed by some one so insignificant. Ja-guru-dava Ohmmmmmm!

Dec 8, 2003
Thomas
John is my inspiration for song writing. I owe it all to him. It's so sad to see such a legend go so young. Peace.

Dec 8, 2003
Sarah
Chicago, IL
We are getting further and further away from December 8, 1980--but are we really getting anywhere? Remember John. Spread peace and love.

Dec 8, 2003
Lucy
Uruguay
He was of the universe, and we all know what it's worth. Love you forever. You are not the only dreamer, don't worry. Lucy

Dec 8, 2003
Rebecca
Frederick, MD, USA
Miss you always

Dec 8, 2003
Ann
John Lennon is the guiding force and intelligence of the music that has formed the soundtrack to my life. For as much of his heart and soul as he let us know, through his music, I love him. He has gotten me through some sad times and given me an anchor. I cannot fathom the pain and the loss of his family, only a bit of the loss to the music world. What a wonderful man he must have been, to know, and to talk to. Of course he had his faults. One of my favorite stories was that once in the very late '70's he was walking down the street in New York wearing a button that said, "I love Paul." A reporter asked him, "Why are you wearing an 'I love Paul' button?" John said, "Because I love Paul." Through all the bitterness and arguments, he really was love, personified. I miss him.

Dec 8, 2003
JLgrl77
I remember realizing you were dead when I was four years old. I was not born till 8 years later after your death. I was raised on Beatle and his music. It broke my heart that a man like John would be murdered by a fan. His death didn't register and probably never will. I felt helpless like as if it was my fault. It is sad if you love someone so much and they aren't there no more. Yeah I get made fun of at school for liking him and being only 15. I don't care I will be a fan of him always. He was creative and yeah maybe he was weird at times but hey he was human. I loved him for that and always will. I will miss u baby and always will.

Dec 8, 2003
Mauro, Zrich/ Switzerland
I remember this day like yesterday. I had to start work early in the morning. A friend told me, that John Lennon was dead. I just could not believe it. Why always the people, who stand for peace and freedom? But the message will be unchanged: Give peace a chance! Love forever, Mauro.

Dec 8, 2003
Gina Jorstad
Californa
I REMEMBER, my mother standing at the kitchen sink crying, I asked her, Mama what is wrong? She looked down at me and cried, Today John Lennon died. Although I was only 8 yrs old, I knew who John Lennon was!! I remember crying too, for Sean and Yoko. Even earlier, I REMEMBER, sitting in the back seat of my mom's Camero singing LOVE,LOVE ME DO, with my 2 yr old sister, Rita. For hours, we would play my mom's old 45's with the "Apple" Label on them.(Some Apples on the 45's were red, some were green, or cut into halves) This are just some of my earliest memories of John and The Beatles, but I have many more. Although I was young, I knew the world would be a different place once John was gone. Now that I am older, I still feel the pain, my mother did that day in 1980, I think I always will. JOHN, I mourn the loss of you, not just today, but anytime your memory comes to my mind. With my sincere gratitude and love to you always, *gina ~~PS: Happy or Sad, Thanks for the memories.

Dec 8, 2003
sOOz
Brissie, Oz
Another year, more memories, yet how can we ever forget the passing of John? Even though I don't get to visit this wonderful website these days, I always return on this day as I know others are sharing the same thoughts of John, his musical legacy, his efforts for peace and the unity they offer us. May the sentiments of Imagine Shine on forever in our hearts!

Dec 8, 2003
Alejandro Gomez
Caracas, Venezuela
Bless you Dr. Winston O'Boogie. Peace for all of us. Pray for John and George.

Dec 8, 2003
TrueBrits
We love you and miss you, John, and always will. It's difficult to believe your assassination was 23 years ago. God bless you and rest in peace. Cheers, mate!

Dec 8, 2003
Anonymous
So sad...you were weird at times but a heck of a musician. I wish I was born before God took you to a better place. Miss ya John, thanks for the quips and the music.

 

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