October 11, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of John Lennon’s classic hit Imagine. The song is about living in peace and harmony – as one community.
The music is Pop/Brit Pop. The piano is beautiful to hear and complements the song’s inspirational message. John Lennon plays the piano beautifully, and it’s a smooth ballad that’s soothing and peaceful. Klaus Voormann (bass), Alan White (drums) and The Flux Fiddlers (strings) played their instruments remarkably and in harmony. It starts at a slow pace then gradually picks up. The song ends with a lovely and smooth fade-out. The music is rhythmic, with a gentle increase in tempo from the verse to chorus and vice versa. John Lennon composed the song with heart and soul, creating the distinct and classic sound – memorable 50 years later!
John Lennon’s voice is soft and wavy, with a whisper-like component. He sings with heart, soul, compassion, hope, and sincerity. The simplicity represents the humility, which John Lennon expresses beautifully.
The lyrics are timeless and inspirational – a hopeful message about peace and unity. John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote the song, with a natural and smooth flow, with beautiful freestyle poetry. The emphasis on the song’s title Image is essential as it gets listeners to think about living peacefully with love and compassion. The lyrics are well-written, rich in language and meaning. The song represents what life would be like without things that seem divisive or cause division (i.e. imagine no possessions and imagine no countries)- an ideal world where people get along and love one another. The wishful aspect of the tune is relatable and so powerful. John Lennon and Yoko Ono impressively used simplistic language to express something with depth and thought.
Imagine has an incredible legacy and significant musical impact. A recent example was at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics when an artist from each continent sang a part of the song, and it was touching and heartwarming. There have been beautiful covers by artists for 50 years, including Elton John, Lady Gaga, and Stevie Wonder.
The impact of John Lennon’s Imagine is remarkable. The memorial in Strawberry Fields at Central Park in New York City is a lovely example- a mosaic artwork by Bruce Kelly.
Happy 50th Anniversary to Imagine!