john lennon 5

the signs as popular songs from the 70s
  • aries: dream on // aerosmith
  • taurus: i'll be there // jackson 5
  • gemini: layla // derek and the dominos
  • cancer: piano man // billy joel
  • leo: american girl // tom petty and the heartbreakers
  • virgo: tiny dancer // elton john
  • libra: wish you were here // pink floyd
  • scorpio: hotel california // the eagles
  • sagittarius: bohemian rhapsody // queen
  • capricorn: go your own way // fleetwood mac
  • aquarius: imagine // john lennon
  • pisces: the joker // steve miller band
John Lennon:
  • Mikor 5 éves voltam megkérdezték mi akarok lenni ha felnövök.
  • Én azt mondtam boldog.
  • Ők azt mondták rosszul értelmeztem a kérdést..
  • Én azt mondtam rosszul értelmezték az életet.


_John Lennon and/e George Harrison; England/Inglaterra; London/Londres; 94 Baker Street; Apple Boutique opening party/Festa de inauguração da Boutique da Apple; December 5th 1967/5 de dezembro de 1967.

_George Harrison, drinks and food/George Harrison, bebidas e comida.

_Please, don’t smoke/Por favor, não fume.

July 5, 1966: John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Brian Epstein at Manila International Airport after the Philippines leg of the Beatles tour. The group made a hasty exit from the country after a perceived snub of President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda resulted in hostility, including the withdrawal of police protection for the group. (photo by Juan Villena of the Manila Chronicle)

I just look at all the places and say, ‘there’s where I was born, there’s where I lived, there’s where I went to school, there’s where the Cavern got knocked down.’ My friends were really John, Paul and Ringo and we all moved at the same time. I do miss Liverpool.
—  George Harrison on secret visits to Liverpool, to CNN’s Mark Davies, 5 April 1992               
My Top 10 Favorite Song From John Lennon (Part 5)

Hi there everyone! It’s time to look at my number 6 choice on the countdown…

The first time I heard this song was when I was 10 years old. I used to lock myself in my room and dance to my favorite tunes. It didn’t matter whether the song was from a Disney movie, a recent hit at the time, or an old classic. If I liked it, then it was guarantee I would hear it to death. But one song in particular stood out to me from the rest. I couldn’t understand what the words meant, but I still enjoyed it for its music. It was tranquil and cosmic, like if it was transporting me into another dimension of some sorts. It wouldn’t be until I reached my first year of high school, that I would learn that the song was from The Beatles, and that the version I heard was one of many versions that had been done of it. Still, I enjoy that version very much to this day. The singer did an incredible job making it her own. Her name is Fiona Apple…and the song…..

Number 6: Across The Universe

John mentioned in interviews that the song came to him one night while he was still with Cynthia. According to John, one night she apparently talked so much that he began to get irritated (*sigh*). After she fell asleep, he felt the need to shake off his irritation. So he went downstairs and began to write down these words that at first expressed his annoyance, only to become something entirely of its own nature. He also mentioned that the lyrics were perhaps some of the best he’d ever written. The part where he says “jai guru deva, om" is a Sanskrit, which means “victory to God divine”. This was something John had learned with his time with the Maharishi. Funny how despite the end results of that experience, John still found a way to apply what he learned in his music. But he also strongly disliked his singing and guitar playing for this song, since they were both off key. He was disappointed with the recording, seeing how he thought the lyrics were great on their own, but the music itself lackluster.

“Across The Universe” is true poetry. That might sound ridiculous because many songs are poems, simply put to music. But “Across The Universe” separates itself from most songs because of how abstract it is. The imagery is very vivid and you can clearly create a picture of what is being said. But the actual meaning behind such an image is harder to describe or define. Since John writes it in such a way that is vague, the meaning behind it can be more than one thing.

And because it’s vague, we can decide for ourselves what these words mean. The origins or the original reasons for its creation doesn’t play a huge factor in its meaning at the end, but more of what the listener hears. That’s how I see it at least. Anyone is allowed to interpret a song the way they want, and your opinion behind it is neither wrong or right. It’s been said that all art is subjective and it all depends on our point of view and judgement on it. Is a painting good because we believe it’s good? Is a song bad because we don’t like it? What are the reasons behind those decisions? What do they say about us? It’s seems profound, but these are the questions that come up when analyzing art in any medium. And it’s fun when you have a song like this that allows you to make a final decision. It gives the listener a level of freedom.

So what is the meaning behind “Across The Universe”? All depends on how you see it. For some it’s a song of encouragement, with the words “nothing’s gonna change my world” symbolizing how nothing in life can keep you down. For me, I’ve always detected a hint of sadness, but that could be because the song itself also has this way of transporting your mind literally “across the universe”, floating into space. It’s a wonderful and beautiful picture, but also a lonely one at that.

Going back to what John said about hating his vocals and guitar playing in this song, it’s understandable his disappointment. Personally, the imperfections actually enhance the song for me. I believe it adds to the cosmic and mystical (for lack of a better word) feel of it. Not only that, but this once again brings up another interesting topic on music. Are there moments in music where imperfections can be more beneficial than if a song was done perfectly to a T? I guess it depends on the genre. In opera, a singer needs to be able to hit the notes that are required and maintain a strong register. If the performance isn’t vocally close to flawless, than the song will not have the impact it needs to reach its audiences. But when you consider a singer and musician like Johnny Cash, his way of performing is different than an opera singer. Obviously, genres like country, rock n’ roll, blues, etc. aren’t nearly has commanding as opera, but they challenging in their own right none the less. And when Johnny sings, even though it’s not necessarily the best of voices, his passion, and his conviction for the meaning of the song is apparent. And suddenly, what some would consider imperfections are now the key to making a song like “The Man in Black” a powerful song.

John’s voice my not be the best here, but it doesn’t matter. The out of tune guitar adds to the sobering, dreamlike nature of the song. And his singing is almost like a whisper, a little voice calling you and showing you these beautiful images. I think that, even though John wasn’t happy with the music, he knew his words would still work one way or another. And they certainly did. No matter how different it may sound, the music is ultimately secondary. If you like it, then great. I actually love it, out of tune or not. But the true star here are the words. It’s the reason why the song resonates with many people. It resonated with me when I was just a kid, and it still does today.

Thank you…

20 frases sobre hombres y mujeres y la igualdad

1. “El problema de la mujer siempre ha sido un problema de hombres”. Simone de Beauvoir, escritora, profesora y filósofa francesa.

2. “Para combatir el antisemitismo no hace falta ser judío, como para luchar contra el racismo no hace falta ser negro. Lamentablemente, a veces parece que para combatir la discriminación de la mujer hace falta ser mujer.”  Soledad Gallego-Díaz, periodista española.

3. “Me atrevería a aventurar que Anónimo, que tantos poemas escribió sin firmarlos, era a menudo una mujer”. Virginia Woolf, escritora y feminista británica.

4. “No podemos tener una revolución que no involucre y libere a las mujeres”. John Lennon, músico británico.

5.  "Yo no deseo que las mujeres tengan poder sobre los hombres, sino sobre ellas mismas".Mary Wollstonecraft, filósofa y escritora inglesa nacida en 1759. 

6. "Todas las mujeres conciben ideas, pero no todas conciben hijos. El ser humano no es un árbol frutal que solo se cultive por la cosecha".Emilia Pardo Bazán, escritora española.

7. "El primero que comparó a la mujer con una flor, fue un poeta; el segundo, un imbécil".Voltaire, escritor, historiador y filósofo francés.

8. "Los hombres tienen miedo de que las mujeres se rían de ellos. Las mujeres tienen miedo de que los hombres las asesinen". Margaret Atwood, escritora canadiense.

9. "El enemigo no es el lápiz labial, merecemos lápiz labial si lo queremos, y libertad de discurso, merecemos ser sexuales y ser serias, o lo que nos plazca. Tenemos derecho a usar botas vaqueras en nuestra propia revolución". Naomi Wolf, escritora estadounidense.

10. "Todos los hombres deberían de ser feministas. Si los hombres se preocupan por los derechos de las mujeres, el mundo será un mejor lugar. Somos mejores cuando las mujeres están empoderadas; eso lleva a una mejor sociedad”. John Legend, cantante estadounidense.