“All We Are Saying is give Peace a Chance”…. In memory of John Lennon.

Saturday 1442 – 8th December 2o12

If you have come to my blog from a link in an Amnesty International email this is the article you are looking for Still Shining a Light in the Darkness . Just click on the name and it will bring you there… of course I don’t mind you reading this one too !

John lennon

It was impossible to let this day go past without thinking of John Lennon. He died this day 8th December 32 years ago,in front of his wife Yoko Ono as they returned to their New York City apartment.. a sad day indeed for Love, Peace and Music.

Do you remember where you were that day and what you were doing?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 

I remember it vividly because I was living in a dilapidated 2up-2down cottage in rural Ireland. We had no running water, my husband at the time used to bring 5 gallon drums of water from a natural spring. The house was cold because the only heating we had was a tiny open fire in the sitting room. The sash window was so rotten that the bottom of it, where it had rotted away, was held together by roughly applied concrete.. yes I DID say concrete..

But more memorable than all that was the fact that I was 9 months pregnant with my delightful daughter Katy and she was born 7 days after John’s death on the 15th December. I remember being terribly shocked and upset when I heard the news..

Being of a certain age  I grew up listening to the early Beatles and watched as they passed through Psychedelic phases, Earth Mother ( well okay father) stages, the drugs, the women; for example Linda Eastman, never forgiven for taking Paul away from female fans and likewise Yoko Ono accused of being responsible for splitting up the Beatles ( not so! )  until they eventually split up and went on to do their own things..

I’m just going to write about one side of John that has always stayed with me ..  that of the Peace campaigner.

John and Yoko - bed inI remember at the tender age of  15  (1969) being so impressed by John and Yoko’s bed-ins when they spent 2 weeks in bed in the Amsterdam Hilton advocating Peace.

At the time John said  “Yoko and I are quite willing to be the world’s clowns, if by doing it we do some good.”I was inspired.

I’m sure many of you of a certain age like myself  will remember those immortal lines “Everybody’s talkin’ about Bagism, Shagism, dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism, This-ism, That-ism, ism, ism, ism” from John’s song Give Peace a Chance.  If you click on the bed peace photo above you can listen to the song while you read the rest of this post.

How many of you remember what bagism was ? Here’s a quote from Wikipedia –

“Bagism involved literally wearing a bag over one’s entire body. According to John and Yoko, by living in a bag, a person could not be judged by others on the basis of skin color, gender, hair length, attire, age, or any other such attributes”

The couple had earlier appeared in a bag, at The Alchemical Wedding an underground artists’ gathering, at London’s Royal Albert Hall in late 1968. The event was put on by the Arts Lab and BIT (infoshop), which sought to challenge audiences to be participants rather than passive consumers. John and Yoko climbed into a large, black velvet bag on stage, sat cross-legged, knee-to-knee, hunkered down and closed the bag. They moved only twice in 45 minutes, hunkering further down. This was a strong challenge to the audience

Yoko said that bagism was inspired by the theme of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, which was “One sees rightly only with the heart, the essential is invisible to the eyes.” She hoped that the bag, by hiding her and John’s physical appearance, would make their essence or the essence of their message visible.

I’m quite sure John  wasn’t perfect but he was wakening up and trying to encourage others to do the same and work for Peace

Clean up your mess.. love mother earthI wonder what John would make of the world now?

I think he would be rather saddened at how far we still are from peace and how the military machine rolls on..

I have a strong feeling he’d agree with the sentiment on the world to the left.

I’ll leave this little tribute to John Lennon with what must surely be one of his most enduring songs and messages of Peace… let’s all Imagine together.. if enough of us do we’ll surely make Peace happen.

Click on the photo below to listen to Imagine. The words are as relevant now as they were in 1980 

John lennon Imagination

                                                                                        .                                                                                             Saturday Girl signing off now. Have a healthy and peaceful week full of music and keep on dreaming.. It’s good for us all..

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These are obviously not my photos and pictures but I hope the creative people behind them will not mind me using them to honour John.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here and I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already

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14 comments on ““All We Are Saying is give Peace a Chance”…. In memory of John Lennon.

  1. slnormanphotography says:

    Great post 🙂 My daughter, who turns 19 on Christmas Eve, was born 13 years after John’s death but he and his beliefs have made a great impact on who she is today.

  2. clinock says:

    I still can’t quite grasp that John is gone – like all heros of our age he lives on in song and legend. I remember so clearly the day he died – it was the end of an era, a dream and a promise for me. This was a man who had a vision – let’s honour his memory by nourishing that vision – Give Peace a Chance…

  3. Axel Pliopas says:

    I think we are all somehow blind… I don’t know… I started driving a motorcycle here in Brazil some months ago and I’ve been thinking a lot about traffic issues… But they extend to other issues too… Everybody talk about the danger of the streets, the importance of behaving well.. but that just disappears when they start driving. Here in São Paulo city most of the people who drive cars talk horrible things about motorcycle drivers and vice-versa. I usually don’t have the same kind of problems, though… You can achieve a lot by being the example. I try to be the best driver ever FOR THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE STREETS, not just for me… How could this comment be appropriate here? Well, we must understand better how ALL OUR DECISIONS influence issues that affect others, be them close to us or far away… Our votes in the elections… The products we buy or refrain from buying, the issues we decide to talk about AND HOW WE TALK ABOUT THEM, if provoking people who think different or if trying to reach some agreement and bringing them to some different understand in some constructive way…… Sorry if I’m not talking much about John Lennon here, directly, but these are the issues I’ve been thinking about while listening to his songs…

    • Helen Cherry says:

      Axel.. I think John Lennon would be very pleased with your comments.. My article may have been about him but really it was more about peace. Your comments greatly add to this debate. You are completely right, we all need to be thoughtful about the effect our actions, or inactions have on others.. thank you

  4. scillagrace says:

    To give Peace a chance in a violent/gun culture is the kind of foolishness that requires heroism. Luckily, there are a few fools who would lead the way…Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., John and others. To smile openly, live openly, love openly is, amazingly, a threat to many. Examining threat is dangerous, but to leave it unexamined is cowardice and empowers it even more. My heroes are not the ones behind the guns, but the ones who stood up in front of them.

  5. Karen Brogan says:

    Sometimes I find you too opinionated and too political for my taste. This week, spot on Helen, spot on!

    • Helen Cherry says:

      Me opiniated and political Karen.. surely not! 😉
      At the very least I hope some of my posts make you think.. we are indeed all in this together….( but not in the way that stupid Cameron means)

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    I’m of a “certain age” too, Helen, and I was a great fan of the Beatles generally – they were certainly my favourite musicians.

    Its only now, as I get older, that I can start to appreciate how difficult it must be to compose music and lyrics – starting off from absolutely nothing at all. I think of all those songs, and many others too – from Bob Dylan for a start – and I’m starting to realise the talent and, often, genius, that went into their construction.

    On the peace side of things, I fear I must disappoint you, as I did in a post a few weeks back. Looking at things realistically – well away from my usual fade offs into abstraction! – I cannot see an end to human aggression, and especially so as our planet fills up more and more with people.

    Rather a sad start to a Sunday, but I must convey my true feelings. A

  7. Pranav Lal says:

    In a way, there are parts of the Internet that work like bags. You are judged by what you write or show, which assuming you show what is really there could be handy.

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