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Published on December 8th, 2010

Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. I was ten years old at the time, and don’t really remember many of the details of that day or his unfortunate death.  John was murdered on December 8, 1980 shortly after the release of a new album called Double Fantasy.  Even though John was somewhat of a controversial individual, it’s hard to ignore the enormous influence he had and still has to this day. As 2010 comes to a close, Lennon’s solo album sales in the United States will exceed 14 million units. John’s greatest fame came as a founding member of The Beatles.  In 1964 The Beatles came to America and fascinated a country that was ready for something “happy”.  Now they’re fascinating again by taking over the world of iTunes.  I love the commercials that Apple has produced.  Catchy.  Perhaps the most interesting thing of all is how an individual and a band that were cultural icons of their day have now become relevant again through another cultural icon.  It’s the meeting of icons that are (were) revolutionary, innovative, and filled with surprise.  They both also have (had) the ability to inspire and invoke emotion.  While most of us may never have that kind of world-wide platform, we still have the chance to influence.  We can still be revolutionary, innovative, and filled with surprise.  We can still inspire and invoke emotion.  And…it might not be as hard as we imagine. Think simple.  Start with those who are closest to you.  Touch.  Smile.  Encourage.  Restore.


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