Tag Archive: john lennon


 

chaplin

The gallows humor has begun!

As we approach Judgment Day (literally), there’s been more ‘jokes’ in my tribe about how soon President Trump will deport us, and where we’ll go if we we’re given a choice. (Assuming he doesn’t just send me ‘back to where I came from’, I have thought about what it would be like to spend my twilight years in Zumunda.)

Kidding aside, this line of thinking did make me reflect on two of my artistic heroes…

Charlie Chaplin.  The Tramp.  One of (if not the first) international movie star.  Master of physical comedy of course, but he knew storytelling and was a great filmmaker (‘City Lights’ is still one of the best films ever in my opinion.)

Also, for the record, evicted by the United States Government.  An Englishman by birth, he publicly stated he wasn’t a Communist, but he also didn’t distance himself (enough) from his Soviet friends.  So when he went abroad to promote a film, they took his work visa.  In this case he wasn’t charged with a crime per se, but the man who gave us ‘The Great Dictator’ would have to submit to an interview to prove his loyalty to America if he wanted back in.

He opted not to come back for twenty years (when the Academy gave him an honorary Oscar, and he got the longest standing ovation in history).

johnnyc

If you come here routinely, you know the man above is my favorite Beatle.  The sarcastic one, the nerdy one, the cynical but romantic lyrics.  No need to repeat all of that.

Also, for the record, deported in a court of law by the United States Government.  When he came to this country he got deep into leftist politics, used his celebrity to introduce Bobby Seale and others on national television. Next thing you know, the powers that be decided he had to go back where he came from.  And if not for that President being so criminal he had to resign from office…

And those two were absurdly rich white guys.

Have we all been exhausted by how nasty this election cycle has been? Clearly.  Has this country ever been so openly hostile politically to so many of its own?  More often than I think we want to admit.  We’ve been good about ending up on the right side of history.  Now, whether we take the long way to get there or the short way… I guess we’ll have a better idea in a week.

I’m looking at…six Sundays from now to talk about how 2016 has changed me.  But speaking just in terms of this election cycle…look.  It was always part of the endgame to be, ‘a little’ more publicly vocal about my private identity.  Being prepared though, is not the same as expecting a day would ever come where I would feel so repeatedly offended, threatened, or disrespected as a Muslim, as an African-American, as a man whose general life philosophy is ‘you respect my space, I’ll respect yours.’  And as is the norm with everything right now, that’s just base level day to day life without getting into any specific political policies or governing.

So I’ve voted.  And I’ve used this space to say my piece one more time before Tuesday, for those of you who respect my intellect and opinion on these things.  I’ve done what I can; I’m ready to deal with whatever comes next.

You should do the same.

BabyAziz

As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool,
Till you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free,
But you’re still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
There’s room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.
If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.

 

john

Silenced 35 years ago.  The art lives forever though.

Enjoy.

 

Paul-McCartney-3-the-beatles-35603813-203-248

The last song I posted in 2014 was one of John’s; let’s keep the symmetry going to start 2015.  From what the young people are telling me, this kid is going places!

(rolling eyes…)

Have a great weekend!

 

 

lennon

As soon as you’re born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
‘Til the pain is so big you feel nothing at all

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool
‘Til you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they’ve tortured and scared you for 20 odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can’t really function, you’re so full of fear

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion, and sex, and T.V.
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There’s room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

 

 

Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon, London 1969 (5)

Love is real, real is love
Love is feeling, feeling love
Love is wanting to be loved

Love is touch, touch is love
Love is reaching, reaching love
Love is asking to be loved

Love is you
You and me
Love is knowing
We can be

Love is free, free is love
Love is living, living love
Love is needing to be loved

 

warisover

This is the story of the worst thing I did to play myself this year…

Part of moving up in the world was free access to a professional recording studio, sound engineer included.  As I was putting down a lot of different voiceover demos, I was also working on doing a recording of ‘Imagine’ for John’s birthday.

So anyway, I had all of my work done 30 minutes early for one of my sessions (that’s preparation and voiceover work taking relative little time to do).  The engineer asked if I had anything else since I had so much time left and (against my gut), I mentioned to him I was working on a vocal track.

Now I will still swear that I’m not a ‘bad karoake’ singer.  But that’s play singing.  Singing for real, unprepared, in front of complete stranger?  I mean, I did do it.  The true miracle is I was able to get all my voiceover files in my pocket before they laughed me out of there.

Bad as that was though, the lesson here young people is, the only way you know for sure is to try.

And now ladies and gentlemen, live from the Apollo Theatre…John Lennon:

 

 

hooooooooooooo

Technically it’s still John’s birthday and I’ve been singing and dancing all day, so let’s get this one out of my system.

A few years back now, this came up because a friend of mine didn’t realize Mike covered this in his Moonwalker phase.  So I slapped my friend.

Ok, that didn’t really happen, but that’s how shocked I was.  So if somehow you didn’t know Mike covered one of the all time Beatles classics, here you go:

 

WalrusBlue

A good news and bad news day.  First the bad news…

If you missed the official afterparty for John Mayer at the Troubadour Saturday night, you missed something really special.  But here’s the good news!

All the releases have been signed, so we get to release this weekend’s performance as our first live album!  The Walrus Show: Sexual Chocolate Unplugged! is available for pre-order on ITunes and Google Play, and will officially release on October 19th.

Here was our set list (which now doubles as the playlist):

  1. Because
  2. I Am the Walrus
  3. Revolution
  4. Don’t Let Me Down
  5. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
  6. Imagine
  7. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Interlude)
  8. Help!
  9. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  10. Hey Bulldog
  11. A Day in the Life (with Eddie Murphy)
  12. Come Together
  13. Give Peace a Chance
  14. Strawberry Fields Forever (Encore)

The intellectual, ‘nerdy’ one who was a natural born smartass, rebellious by nature but poetic artistically; the peace activist with a love for Gotham City, even when his activism started to overshadow his art and nearly got him thrown out of America.

Let’s rest the case on who was my favorite of the Fab Four, shall we?

Happy Birthday John.

Let me take you down
Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone
But it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me

Let me take you down
Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

No one I think is in my tree
I mean it must be high or low
That is you can’t, you know, tune in
But it’s all right
That is I think it’s not too bad

Let me take you down
Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

Always, no sometimes, think it’s me
But you know I know when it’s a dream
I think I know I mean a yes
But it’s all wrong
That is I think I disagree

Let me take you down
Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever
Strawberry Fields forever
Strawberry Fields forever

 

warisover