♫ Imagine ♫

I know, I know … I played this one less than three months ago, on 09 July, as it were.  And yes, I do have a self-inflicted policy of trying not to be repetitive in song or artist, but to mix it up, to keep you guessing.  And that is, in fact, part of the fun of this project.  But today is likely to be the “day of the living hell” for those of us who think, those of us who are … politically aware.  And when days like that come along, then I seek comfort food, and for me, ‘food’ translates to ‘music’.  There is no better song than this to give us hope, to give us, at least, a dream to cling to.  Please take a minute to read the lyrics, listen and think … this is the world I want to live in … nothing less will do.  And so, my friends, I give you a smile 😊, a tear  😿, and the immortal John Lennon …

Imagine
John Lennon
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
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Songwriters: John Winston Lennon
Imagine lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management

31 thoughts on “♫ Imagine ♫

  1. You need neither permission nor to offer an excuse for revisiting a song that you hold dear and speaks to you, as many times as you wish…for great songs can never grow old or tiresome. I believe that John Lennon would like to be remembered for this very song. The musical ‘comfort food’ for me is Peter, Paul and Mary’s Light One Candle. That song gives me hope and courage to persevere. I know that it is most often thought of as a Hanukkah song, but I listen to it endlessly all year long. I suppose it may have a wee bit to do with my penchant for lighting candles in every room of my home, another sort of ‘comfort food’ for me. When this day fades to night, as it will, I shall light one more candle to dispel the darkness and hope for a better day tomorrow. Thank-you!

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    • I also adore PPM!!! Their songs speak volumes, as does this one. There’s something else we have in common … a love of candles! In fact, a trip to Yankee Candle is on our ‘to-do’ list for this weekend. 😉 Yes, hopefully a better day tomorrow. At least it will be Friday!

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      • I am really going to tax your tolerance of my propensity for loquacity…again! You really have no one to blame but yourself, and well, maybe Benjamin unwittingly has a share of the blame. Tuesdays and Thursdays are longer without him diverting my attention and engaging me in other pursuits…puzzles, books, games, adventuring. However, you mentioned Yankee Candle and that was the poke in the hornet’s nest of my mind! So, grab a cuppa, then settle down and settle in for one of my favorite bits of candle history. Michael Kittredge was a 16 yr. old Holyoke, Massachusetts boy in 1969. Needing a Christmas gift for his Mother, he made his first candle from melted crayons. Neighbors soon wanted candles too, lots of them, and from there Yankee Candle Company was born. High school friends, Donald MacIver and Susan Obremski joined the venture and contributed greatly. In 1983 the company moved to South Deerfield, Mass. and is still headquartered there. In 1998, Kittredge sold Yankee Candle to Forstman Little & Co. and retired. Yankee Candle has been acquired by other companies over the years, lastly in 2015. Now, the best part of the story begins. In 2008 Kittredge’s son, Mike, made his first candle on their old Queen Ann stove for reasons I don’t recall. Then, a 2009 college course included the assignment of creating and promoting a project. The choice was clear, candles! The college experience prompted Mike to convince Kittredge to go into the candle business together. Thus, Kringle Candle Company was born and opened before Christmas of 2009 in Bernardston, Massachusetts. I love going there, a fantabulous place! Kringle Candles are also available in other retail stores. I loved Yankee Candles and bought both over the years. Since the 2015 acquisition, I have noticed that Yankee’s are not as greatly scented anymore. I will end this candle missive and wish you a Good Night! Thank-you!!

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        • Gawk!!! Twice in one night!!! And nobody to blame but myself, for I won’t push any of it onto young Benjamin, and anyway, his is a passive role. Okay … one more glass of wine … another smoke … and … OOOOOhhhhh … I just had to go to Kringle Candles’ website … oh how I wish I could visit their store, sniff the fragrances! I agree with you about Yankee … the intensity has definitely waned over the years. I am likely going to order a few small ones in flavours I haven’t yet imagined, in the next few weeks! Thanks for both the history lesson and for pointing me toward Kringle Candles! Now if I could just find the darned peanut butter …

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          • So happy that you enjoyed my history lesson! It is one of my favorite candle stories, that I have repeated so often that I can spout the dates and facts from memory! The peanut butter…we just ordered it yesterday from Walmart.com and had it sent to our store for pick-up on Saturday.

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            • I just finished reading your history lesson to my daughter, who also thoroughly enjoyed it! I am a history buff and always enjoy your personalized accounts, so never stop! I suppose that is what I will have to do in order to get the peanut butter … I just hate to give Wal-Mart any business, as I have boycotted them for years! I did find the peanut-butter on Amazon, but at a ridiculous price that I don’t remember at the moment, but I think it was something like $20 a jar!

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              • I won’t get you started on your reasons to boycott Walmart, although it might make an interesting post. I searched high and low for another source for Peter Pan’s Simply Grand PB and even their own website was of no assistance. The stores in my area only carry a limited selection of Peter Pan in their inventories, dropping the Simply Ground months ago…to my extreme dismay! Walmart.com, not stocked in their physical stores here, is the only remaining source. When, most likely not if, they no longer carry it…I will be devastated and livid, may have to storm Peter Pan directly then!! Another thought on candles…have you ever looked at Candles to my Door? I have tried numerous brands via their website, candlestomydoor.com. I receive emails that list sales of different brands, a great way to try something new. Thank-you! P.S. Did you ever “imagine” what this post could lead too?!?

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                • Isn’t that always the way of it? You find a product that you really, really like, and they discontinue it! Happened to us with Lays New York Reuben chips … Miss Goose and I are still bummed over that one 😥 No, I never even heard of Candles to my Door, but I shall check it out in just a few minutes. Thanks! You are my new ‘go to’ person for information of all sorts! As to the Wal-Mart thing … I think I did a post on it a few years back … I’ll see if I can find it … and yes, I still need to get that archive added to my page 😉

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                  • The Archive WILL be appreciated…although I am aware of your time constraints. I don’t know how you accomplish all that you do in the course of one day and maintain your sanity as well. Thank-YOU! One last thought, I promise! My children always say that when their Mom loves something, it is the death knell for that product. Sadly, that is almost always true!

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                    • How I do it? Why, it’s quite simple really … I gave up sleeping! 😵 It is such a myth that people need 8 … or even 5 hours a night … 2-3 does quite nicely … 😲 Oh sure, sometimes I do something dumb like turning the dryer on when there are no clothes in it, or putting the fresh potatoes in the freezer. Or getting misplaced within a mile from my own home. And by the way … who said I maintained my sanity … whoever it was, they lied! My kids say the same, and it is also true for me. Sigh. Perhaps our tastes are just too … classic … for this modern generation, and as we all know, the marketing gurus target the young.

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  2. While this is John’s best-ever effort, there are so many others that deserve our attention, especially in these trying times. Give Peace a Chance. Instant Karma. Mind Games. And with apologies to anyone who is sensitive to words, Woman is the Nigger of the World. Of course, there are still more that should be on any list of his meaningful songs, Happy Christmas, for one, but I don’t want to put his whole discography on this comment…
    For anyone looking for Lennon trivia, Give Peace a Chance was beautifully used at the end of the movie, Strawberry Statement, about a college campus take-over by dissatisfied students…

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  3. Jill, as we have discussed, this may be one of the most thought provoking songs ever written. It is worth a revisit. Right now, our country (which impacts the world) is being governed toward 1/3 of the US population to validate misinformation told them by a con artist. This is why said con artist attacked China yesterday and not Russia on meddling, as his tariffs are harming many of the 1/3. He wants their blessing to screw them as he blames China (or Dems) for all the problems he created. Keith

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    • These days, we may need to revisit it often … like daily! Yes, the nation is quickly spiraling out of control, isn’t it? And our small voices seem to be left largely unheard. Somehow, reign by the minority was not, I think, what the framers of the Constitution had in mind, but it is certainly where we are today.

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  4. Jill, you have made this day worthwhile. I have loved “Imagine” for many years. Pentatonix did a great rendition, but nothing compares to Lennon’s version. If anyone deems it a good thing to remember me on my passing from this life, they will play IMAGINE. Thanks

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