There was a GREAT episode of WKRP in Cincinnati in which a group called Save Our Radio wanted WKRP to take filth off the radio waves. They were looking for good wholesome songs on the radio. They targeted John Lennon’s tune “Imagine” because it was anti-Christian. “Imagine there’s no heaven/ It’s easy if you try/ No hell below us/ Above us only sky/ Imagine all the people/ Living for today…” This was a great episode of a GREAT TV show which isn’t getting its due. The episode points out that we lose a lot through censorship.
John Lennon was being what John Lennon was at his core – thoughtful. He isn’t saying that there is no heaven and no hell. He is saying let’s think about living together. Let’s not segregate everyone into good and bad. Instead, can we all live for each other? Can we all work together to live in peace? I know, crazy notion, isn’t it? Powerful, simple and beautiful. This is a masterpiece.
John Lennon wrote “Imagine,” his greatest musical gift to the world, one morning early in 1971 in his bedroom at Tittenhurst Park, his estate in Ascot, England. His wife, Yoko Ono, watched as Lennon sat at the white grand piano now known around the world from films and photographs of the sessions for his Imagine album and virtually completed the song: the serene melody; the pillowy chord progression; that beckoning, four-note figure; and nearly all of the lyrics, 22 lines of graceful, plain-spoken faith in the power of a world, united in purpose, to repair and change itself. (more…)