For some, I might need to qualify or compare it to Kurt Cobain which really doesn't do because Cobain took his own life. Tupac was gunned down so that may be a better comparison. But even so, it does each artists an injustice because Tupac was Tupac and John was John.
John meant a lot to lefties of my generation. We grew up with the Beatles. Those silly little mop tops that I never had an opinion of one way or the other. Then they went psychedelic and that's when they landed me. John with his clever lyrics and insight. That voice that he hated. (He shares that with Diana Ross, by the way. Both of those two, with their signature voices loved by millions, would try to muffle their vocals.)
Then after a long retirement, he was back. His latest album was out and he was on the charts and they were recording -- him and Yoko -- some more stuff and John's reclusive days were over. Except a crazed person shot him to death.
So this isn't a fun day for a lot of people my age.
Add in that John and George are dead. George Harrison. That just leaves Ringo and Paul in the Beatles. Ringo, because that's generally the way it works, will be gone before Paul. Taking out all three beloved Beatles and leaving us with the school marm.
Favorite John Lennon song today? The one that stayed in my head was "Strawberry Fields Forever."
Today on the second hour of The Diane Rehm Show, Diane spent the hour on John Lennon.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):