I remember the first time I heard John Lennon’s Imagine.
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace,
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one...
The song, its lyrics and music, the time in history when it came into the world, united us.
Rolling Stone described its lyrics as "22 lines of graceful, plain-spoken faith in the power of a world, united in purpose, to repair and change itself." That was 1971. Fast forward to now.
2020 has been a turbulent time. I believe that art and music can play an important role in reconnecting us.
I long to look through the “lens” of the painter’s eye to help me interpret the transitions we have experienced. I want to “hear” through the lyrics and music of the songwriter ways to process the emotion of this changing time.
If you share this feeling, even in a small way, read the fable below: