An article at Yahoo news: Lennon. This may be the highlight of my year. This is being done by people who have done something similar—they tried, on pay-per-view television, to contact Princess Diana—so they know there’s a market for it.
But: why Diana? why John Lennon? Have Buddha and Socrates been dead too long? Is Elvis somehow less an icon than Lennon? Is Diana more sanctified than Mother Teresa?
Yeah, yeah, I answered my own questions even before asking them: because there’s a market for it.
Still, the article has some stuff to spit coffee over. Consider this line:
“Sharratt said he chose Lennon because the former Beatle, like Diana, is an icon and was also a deeply spiritual person.”
How about this:
“‘The Spirit of John Lennon'” is being done without the knowledge or consent of John Lennon’s estate.”
I could write reams over this sentence, but I won’t. I’ll let clever readers think for themselves.
There’s this, too:
“Sharratt said, ‘We are writing to Yoko and contacting friends this week to see if any people associated with Lennon would take part.”‘
What does “contacting friends” mean? Maybe they’re planning a non-pay-per-view seance with George the week before to seek his participation.
Which gives rise to another thought: these people are being impatient. If they wait until Paul and Ringo die, then can do a “Beatle’s Reunion Seance”.
Even I would pay for that.
But here’s the kicker of the article:
“Sharratt said the Indian sequence will feature a spirit reader at an ashram who believes he can contact Lennon to receive musical notes and lyrics from the other side.
Any notations will be flown to Los Angeles, where a composer will arrange the notes, add vocals and backgrounds to produce a new song.”
Again, this raises questions. First is, if we’re going to get music from the beyond, why aren’t we contacting Bach or Mozart or Beethoven? They aren’t “spiritual” enough, like Lennon? But second, read the line again: a composer will “arrange the notes”. Perhaps the article was written by a journalist totally ignorant of music, but if a “composer” “arranges the notes” and then adds “vocals and backgrounds”, what may I ask, are they actually using from John Lennon?
Perhaps a faint, ghostly whisper saying, “Leave me the f**k alone!”