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Song of the Day: “Watching The Wheels” by John Lennon

It’s hard to write anything new about John Lennon.  Due to his tragic end, he is probably the most written about artist in popular music with the possible exception of Elvis and Bob Dylan.  I always admired his independence.  Several times he walked away from his career when it was peaking to focus on other things.  It was almost as if to say to his fans and critics, “I’m doing this for me not you.”   He achieved fame and fortune rarely attained by any human being and at times it seemed irrelevant to him.   He chose a second wife, Yoko Ono, who was largely unpopular and much maligned but this didn’t affect his feelings towards her one bit.  In fact, it made them stronger.   He was also quite the rabble rouser and freely spoke his mind on many issues of the day.  John Lennon clearly lived life the way he wanted to.  Maybe he knew he was on borrowed time.

The song “Watching The Wheels” is a classic Lennon song.  The melody is simple yet beautiful and the lyrics are straightforward and easy to understand.  It’s almost as if he is having a conversation with his audience.  His need to take a step back and focus on his family life is admirable.  I appreciate the use of home movies in the music video – quite touching.  Instead of pursuing more accolades and churning out albums, he comes across as content with what he already has and moiré reflective about life in general.  I know many people who could learn a thing or two from this song.   It’s terribly sad that John’s life was so short.  It would have interesting to hear where his talents, interests and life would have taken him next.


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