I felt that 2010 was a good year for the John Lennon Box of Vision, to coincide with what would have been John’s 70th birthday.
It is also the 30th anniversary of his death– a tragic event that was a significant moment in my life, filled with many memories and strong feelings. And I will be thinking about that come December. But, on balance, I much prefer to celebrate John’s life and legacy.
Of course, the John Lennon Box of Vision is a big part of how I will celebrate his legacy, but I wanted to do something more.
Bear with me here please– not trying to be preachy, just sharing my thought process:
As I got deeper into this project i started to think about how John’s body of work, which was so intertwined with his life, really was a time capsule of our lives. The prominent thread being the ideals he stood for, wrote and sang about– peace and love, of course, but also personal responsibility.
Those ideals, driven strongly by his music– beginning with the Beatles, but certainly more nakedly and directly in his post-Beatles work– fueled the collective belief in the late 60s (and into the 70s when i was a teen) that we really could change the world; fed the cynical backlash that began in the seventies (“the dream is over,” Watergate, all the way through the denial of the disco years) and really took root in the selfish, greed driven 80s (oh yeah…I guess those years look innocent compared to the last decade).
But as we stand here today in the new century, and think about our own legacy and the world that our children and grandchildren are inheriting– as much as we are more world-weary and sober-eyed about it– those same ideals seem even more relevant than ever; suddenly there seems to be a pride in identifying with them again, and they are ideals I would like my children to carry forward and believe in.
With the wisdom we have from having lived through the last 30 years since his death (and especially the last ten years), we should feel even more empowered to support those ideals that seemed so passe and naive in our foolish innocence in the 1980s and 1990s (when we thought we knew everything of course).
Maybe 9/11 was the call that woke us from the cynical, detached malaise we were in…the fact that we are now perpetually at war…and even the recent and continuing economic crisis.. now add to that the BP-sponsored environmental disaster that no one seems to know how to fix…
It all should contribute to the realization and acceptance that we can’t just continue to duck and deny personal responsibility, hide behind our cynicism, personal greed and endless pursuit of the latest technological toys.
So, I thought, what better way to celebrate John’s legacy and try to keep those ideals alive, than actually create a John Lennon “Time Capsule.” Seal it on his birthday this year, to be opened as part of a celebration on the 100th anniversary of his birth…October 9, 2040… long enough away to give the Time Capsule meaning, but still in our lifetime (hopefully.. but at least our grown children and grandchildren’s lifetimes) to hand off and pass on to future generations…..THE DREAM IS ALIVE…if you want it….
Okay enough for one post…MORE TO COME…