Saturday, November 21, 2009

These Candles Are For Lennon

By Krystal Bennion

John Lennon would have turned 69 years old this week. That is, if he was not shot dead by a demented fan. In commemoration of his birthday, Julian Lennon, John's son, together with Liverpool Lord Mayor Mike Storey, organized a candle lighting campaign. This drive not only symbolizes the ex-Beatle's birthday but more on the promotion of humanitarian issues.

It can be remembered that Lennon's career started in 1960s while he was performing in clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg. For three years, the then five-member group Beatles slowly carved its name in the music scene. The five became four because the original bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe, died from a cerebral hemorrhage. It was in 1962 when the quartet of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison was formed. In the later part of that year, the impeccable group achieved their first hit in the UK with their song "Love Me Do'. And as they say, the rest is history.

The all-English band became a worldwide phenomenon writing really wonderful songs, making great music, and selling one chart-topping record after another. Aside from their music, the Beatles became fashion icons, trend setters and even had a significant social influence. Up to this day, the Beatles are still regarded as one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of all time.

But all great things must come to an end. After record-breaking albums and series of concerts across the globe, Beatlemania ended. Controversy has much to do with it and the now infamous line of Lennon saying that "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus" has come to a stop. By 1970, the former quartet officially disbanded as they all released solo albums.

Ten years after, front-man and music-genius John Lennon was shot and killed in New York City.

And, almost five decades since the Beatles took the world by storm, their music and influence lives on. And to mark another tribute on behalf of John Lennon is the candle lighting campaign. With his great music as his legacy, humanitarian and peace promotion should be easy. Light a candle and say a little prayer for him and for peace in this planet.

Candle lighting can symbolize many things. This week, offer your organic candles, soy candles and even virtual candles in honor of John Lennon's birthday. Keep the fire burning and not just imagine a peaceful world. Rather, take part in making it happen. It should not be that difficult.

Krystal Bennion loves writing and writes about anything.

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