John Lennon was an introverted feeling artist. The Yin to Paul McCartney’s Yang. The darkness echoing, “it can’t get much worse,” behind the brilliant chime of Getting Better All The Time.
A man purposefully entering the coal mine of his psyche in search of the diamonds buried there. Finding them. Cloaking them in soft sorrowful poetry for us to unravel in our time of need.
I want to share with you the song that moved me to tears today, Across The Universe.
“Nothing’s gonna change my world.” It’s easy to mistake some of John’s lines as purely defeatist sentiments. They are not. When you stop and think about it, if nothing will change your world then it means you have to change yourself, better yourself. And goddamnit if that isn’t the most empowering, useful, hopeful idea anybody could express. There’s always a flip-side you see…