PAUL: It was unfortunate for Julian. I’d been fortunate to be around a lot of kids. I’m from a big family so your cousins would dump a baby on you and you’d know you have to jiggle him on your knee. You couldn’t go, ‘Oh no, I’m scared of babies!’ You had to jiggle it and you became good at it. I used to like playing with kids a lot. One of my enduring memories of when the Beatles first hit it and we were very famous, you’d go to people’s houses and they’d say, 'Would you just say good night to the kids? Would you? The babies won’t go to sleep till you do.’ So I’d always go up and say, 'Good night, sleep well.’ I enjoyed it, it was a very calm, fulfilling role for me. I’ve enjoyed being a parent, just never had a problem with it, touch wood. I’ve had problems with parenthood, like anyone does, but my mind was never set against children or kids, they never frightened me, whereas I think they did with John, even his own son.
We’d gone on this Greek holiday once to buy an island and Julian and I spent a lot time playing around on the boat. I used to play cowboys and Indians with him, and he’d love it: a grown-up who would go, 'Now you chase me, and I’ll chase you, but after you’ve caught me, not before, okay?’ And you were totally in this mad magic game. I remember John coming up to me once and he took me aside and said, 'How do you do it?’ I said, 'What do you mean?“ He said, 'With Julian. How do you play with kids like that?’ I remember feeling a wave of sorrow coming over me, like uhh, I’d love to be able to tell you. Then I tried to give like the potted version, you know, 'Play, pretend you’re a kid. Play with him.’ But John never got it. Never got the hang of it. John was always a man. I see a lot of parents like that, still, to this day. They can’t make the break to realise that it’s great to give so much of yourself to a kid, because you get it all back in triplicate. Some people just don’t know that. John was a single child so he didn’t necessarily know that and he didn’t get much education afterwards.
When we saw him with May Pang, I remember him coming up to me and hugging. He said, 'Touching is good. Touching’s good,’ and if I ever hug anyone now, that’s a little thing that sticks in my mind. He was right, but the thing is, I actually knew it more than John did, he only was saying it because he was discovering it. I don’t think he had a lot of cuddling, certainly not from his mother, because he wasn’t even allowed to live with her.
barry miles, paul mccartney: many years from now
The only person who came to seem was Paul, he arrived one sunny afternoon, bearing a red rose and said i’m so sorry Cyn I don’t know what’s come over him. This isn’t right. On the way down to see us he had written a song for Julian. It began as “Hey Jules” and later became “Hey Jude.”
He joked about us getting married-How about it Cyn and I was grateful to him for cheering me up and caring enough to come. - Cyn on Paul’s visit after John had left.
She was a lovely lady who I’ve known since our early days together in Liverpool She was a godmother to Julian.. I will always have great memories of our times together.- Paul McCartney
Hello my lovely readers! It’s been so long since I posted something in my page. My apologies for the delay. I’ve been VERY busy with school and all the crazy things in life. But I wanted to share something that’s been on my mind recently.
During the spring, I took a course on the Beatles and their history. I already liked their music and this class only further drove that appreciation. I became interested in learning more about the four men and their lives behind the stage. What I found was a plethora of touching, sweet, funny, and even sad stories about these iconic young men. And if the picture above this post is any indication, the Beatle that most intrigued me was John Lennon. It’s not surprising why the “intellectual Beatle” is perhaps the most popular one of the bunch. From the outside he was a witty and funny man, with a toughness and energy that made him compelling to watch. But on the inside, deep down in his core, John was a fragile man. He was a man who had been wounded and unfortunately, wounded others during course of his 40 years.
During this time, I’ve come to appreciate John’s first wife Cynthia tremendously. A sweet, down to earth woman, who dealt with a lot of pain in her life. Despite all the obstacles, she was always a good mother to her son Julian, and a continued to move on in her life. I’m sad to say that she passed away in 2015 of cancer, but her son continues to be a constant representation of her kind and caring nature. But like many fans, I truly wish her marriage to John had not ended (or at the very least not ended in such terrible circumstances). What’s even more upsetting is that her side of the story hasn’t been heard enough.
Most tend to think Yoko Ono was the only girl in John Lennon’s life. And while I’m no Yoko fan, I won’t go so far as to say that she deserves all the hate. Since I don’t know the woman and she’s never personally done me any wrong, I can’t very well hate on her. But it does bother me that much of John’s saint like image has heavily come from the way she has (for lack of a better word) “advertised” him. I think John would be the first one to protest such an image. He was talented without a doubt, but still a human. It also bothers me that Cynthia is solely seen as the unimportant first wife of John Lennon, when she was actually a very pivotal person during her husbands early years (that and come on people, he’s clearly so into her in that pic above! You can’t tell me he didn’t love her. He wants to kiss her so sure!! Lol! Ok…fan girl moment over…).
Which leads me to the main point of this post. I usually talk about movies on this page and how important they are to me. The Beatles were an extremely important music group that haven’t been given the best portrayals on the big screen. It was recently stated that Yoko is trying to produce a film about her love life with John. I’m not sure whether this will happen or not. But regardless, it would be really amazing if Cynthia’s story was finally recognized and put on the big screen. I think Yoko has had her say many times. I think it’s someone else’s turn now and I think a love story about the Beatle and his first girl would be something new and so fulfilling to see on the big screen. The movie could be heavily based on her book “John”. In it, she tells the story of her life with the iconic Beatle, and her life after the divorce. We could get so much information about the bands early days, the pandemonium of Beatlemania, and the juicy details of the four men and their relationship as band mates and friends. But at its core, it could/would be a beautifully tragic love story, about two people who fell in love at a young age, and how fame, drugs, and infidelity, drew them apart. Cynthia’s book captures the side of John we don’t often hear about, while also shedding truth to his less than pleasing attributes. But even at his worst, John is such an enigmatic and charismatic figure, it’s impossible not to be marveled by him. The movie could show us everything we need to know about John, and still find a way to make this man amazing for his fans.
Cynthia’s never ending love for John is sad in many ways, but it’s also a testament to this woman’s strength and devotion. And though her side of the story does contain many moments in which John can be quite hateful, it also allows fans to see him as a human. A man no different than anyone else, but with the ability to write such amazing music. If we could see a movie that told the story of John and Cynthia’s relationship, we could get to see a honest interpretation of an influential figure’s life. It might not always be flattering, but it will let fans see all the sides of John Lennon and make him even more compelling than the saint like portrayal he’s been given.
If anyone shares my feelings, and would like to see a movie about John and Cynthia’s love story, then please share this post. Maybe this could be the start of a petition. And if anyone knows how to start one, then please do so!!! Because it would be great if this became a reality. And just for fun, when sharing this post, while don’t you guys make title suggestions for the movie and who you think should play the two lead roles (John and Cyn).
Thanks my lovely readers. Sorry for the long delay and thank you to all who took the time to read this post. I really appreciate it. I’ll be back soon with my regular Appetite Cinema post, so no worries. Until next time…