I was in the White Spot bathroom the other day – a favorite place to go with my grandpa for fish and chips – and “Imagine” by John Lennon was playing. I often wonder what it must have been like for him to write such a song. One simply tells a story of something that could be and whose phrases have entered our regular vocabulary. One that the first couple of notes draw you into the dream that he had.
It was a political statement for him, but also asking people to think or wonder at the possibility that life could be different. And it is generational – I know it, my mom knows it, my grandparents know it.
I wonder if John Lennon would have retained his idealistic outlook if he lived. Would he hear his anthem in a washroom and sigh and think “Not again”? Or would it have become so iconic if he hadn’t died?
Regardless – I can’t say that Imagine is my favorite song, but it always swirls up thoughts of “what it”?
July 11th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: Deep Thoughts in a Restaurant bathroom.
In Gastown tonight there was a music festival that shut down Water Street. 150 independent musical acts in about 15 different pavilions. This was a dream come true for Emile – a large group of people, late evening light and music. His camera and he were anxious to get going.
It ran from 5-10, and I arrived home at 6 frazzled due to ridiculous traffic. And I didn’t want to go out, I wanted to rant about something that upset me earlier in the day.
He listened, wisely took my side and waited patiently while I spewed forth.
June 21st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: A Husband that will listen to me even when he’d rather be doing something else. Anything else.
Do you remember those diamond commercials by De Beers? The ones with the shadow people and that music? You the ones – you’d find tears on your face and hate yourself for being sucked into “A Diamond is Forever”. I love that piece of music. It is rich, dramatic, and exciting. It is “Palladio” and composed by Karl Jenkins – a modern classicist (he’s actually still alive). Until I wrote this post, I thought Beethoven wrote it. If you are creating music in the 20th century that people think was written 300 years ago, I think you know how to fit in with the big guys.
So, imagine my curiosity when I found someone who remixed it way back in 2002. Yes, Just like they do with Lady Gaga, Madonna, LMFAO, etc, etc. Someone remixed Palladio! I listened to the clip and immediately downloaded and added it to my workout playlist.
I went for a run with my workout music on shuffle as always and at the 1.9 km mark on my run, that song started up. I was running on a generally straight patch, and I had just run up a bunch of slow twisty hills. I was tired and really didn’t feel like running anymore. But I felt like I was in a commercial – not for diamonds this time, but something that mattered. Something bold. Important. Something bigger than just a girl running on the road.
June 6th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: I cut 30 seconds off my regular min/km pace today.
Allegretto by Bond from their Album Shine