John Lennon's Birthday October 9: How Can You Celebrate?
October 9 is the birthday of John Lennon, one of the most influential musicians and songwriters in rock history of all time. Today around the globe, John Lennon is being remembered by his fans across different generations. Wondering how you can celebrate this special day and pay your respect to one of the most legendary cultural icons of the 20th century?
Here's a list of what you can do:
- Read about John Lennon's biography and understand the 40-year life story of the remarkable man.
- Purchase The Beatles Remastered Box Set: Released on September 9, 2009 by EMI, the 16-disc collection comprises all of the remastered stereo/mono versions of every album recorded by the Beatles. Also exclusively included in the Stereo set is a DVD compiling all the mini-documentaries released on the individual albums, featuring narration from all four Beatles, sounds excerpts from various songs accompanied by still photos, clips of television appearances, footage from inside recording sessions, and film footage from the Beatles' final photo session.
- Play The Beatles: Rock Band: Released on September 9, 2009, the music video game allows players to simulate the playing of rock music by using controllers shaped like musical instruments, while seeing virtual depictions of the four Beatles performing on the screen. The game's soundtrack contains 45 popular songs by The Beatles, including "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Here Comes the Sun," and etc.
- Plan a trip to New York City: Visit the Dakota, where John Lennon was living at the time he was shot and killed, and join fans from around the world at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, a memorial dedicated by Yoko Ono in 1985 in honor of Lennon.
- Visit The Imagine Peace Tower: If you cannot fly to Videy Island in Iceland to participate in the third annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower, you can take part in the virtual-world lighting of the Tower and the Imagine Festival in Second Life.
- Read the news: Not only was John Lennon a legend in the musical history, he was also a figurehead for the anti-war movement. In March 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono used their honeymoon as a "Bed-in for Peace" which attracted worldwide attention. His songs such as "Give Peace a Chance," "Merry Xmas (War Is Over)," and "Imagine" also depict a humanitarian theme and have inspired countless people over the years.
- Imagine: Imagine how the world would be like if it were still captured by Beatlemania from the 60's. Imagine going to a John Lennon's concert with your grandparents or parents, singing together some of the most popular songs of our generations. Imagine what John Lennon would say, in his own words, about all the goods and bads, ups and downs going on in the world. Lastly, imagine how our world might be different, even if only slightly, if John Lennon were still alive.
Happy birthday, John!