John Lennon is no stranger to the world, that is for sure. The face of one of the U.K.’s prize groups, The Beatles. The song was written by Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, and is appraised for the positive hippie message that invites listeners to focus on a world where religion, war and material possessions do not exist – and imagine how much better life would be if it were a reality. The song as sold more than 1.5 million copies in the United Kingdom alone – I can’t even fathom the number of copies that have been sold world-wide. Despite Lennon’s untimely death, his legacy still remains and the legacy of ‘Imagine’ continues.
Imagine has been covered by dozens of Hollywood’s biggest artists including Madonna (who covered it at a tsunami telecast), Queen (who played the song
days after the murder of Lennon to honour the fallen legend), and Lady Gaga (who performed the song at a human rights campaign where she paid special tribute to Matthew Sheppard when she changed a lyric to “And only Matthew in the sky”). Most recently, Imagine was performed in the 2012 closing ceremony of the Olympics, which featured John Lennon’s original vocals along with the vocals of Liverpool’s Singing Choir.
I chose to bring this song up because lately in the news, there has been talk of violence, wars, and the rights of humans being violated all over the world. I feel that ‘Imagine’ is such a surreal song because it is extremely hard to ironic – in my opinion.
Lennon says that “it isn’t hard to do”, but it is extremely hard to imagine a world without wars, violence and a world that lives as one because it has gone on for such a long time; it is almost as if we have grown accustomed to it.
Without a doubt, ‘Imagine’ is one of the best-written songs, and Lennon’s legacy lives on every time that the song plays on my iPod, and with the 12 million YouTube views that the music video currently has as of January 2014.
‘Imagine’ is the type of song that lives on forever in the world because the world only seems gets worse each and every day. Lennon was a dreamer, but he knew that he was not the only one. Lennon couldn’t possibly be the only dreamer because he opened the eyes of millions and turned them into dreamers – allowing us all to see that the world didn’t have to be at war with itself but that peace was not only a possibility – but it could be a reality.