“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” – John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band (1971)

Dec 25
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I spent some time last night debating my favorite rock and roll Christmas song. A lot of them such as Bruce’s version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” are just a good, clean child’s view of Christmas fun. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” obviously has a much bigger message and calls upon our humanity to do something good for those less fortunate. But, the hands down winner was “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

It’s obviously a Christmas song, and Christians will internalize the message of the song into the framework of their religion. But, the song’s message is for everyone sung by a man who was unbounded by culture or religion. I suppose that to some it could come off a little preachy, or skeptical in tone but the underlying sentiment is rock solid.

War is over

A glance at the history of humans would suggest that we are incapable of not warring, nonetheless we should continue to strive for peace. In the holiday season when goodwill towards men is more overtly displayed, miracles are hoped for, and wishes granted, the gift of the end of violent conflict should be asked for every year.

Merry Christmas to everyone especially my family near and far, and to my dearly departed who helped form my vision of Christmas as a time when anything is possible.


“Watching The Wheels” – John Lennon and Yoko Ono – “Double Fantasy” (1980)

Dec 8
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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon. Chances are good that an “Imagine” backed piece or two will show up at the conclusion of the nightly news. I’m choosing to mark this date with a more at ease John Lennon. He showed toward the end of his life that he definitely marked time to a different drummer. Most observers, if given to lyrical analysis, long ago chalked up, the former Beatle’s “watching shadows on the wall” to malaise to the magnitude that he should have been institutionalized, or domestication and Jedi mind tricks served up by Ms. Ono. Myself being extremely short on whatever gene causes cynicism; I think I’ll take it on face value and go with John Lennon having a grand old time being a guy who can lay around on the couch and write poetry, and nap multiple times per day.